By Damian Rogers
for this. I sit
by a faux fireplace
that frames a true flame.
I've been crossed
by crows today.
Multi-vectored, Rogers's poems hum with existence and stress, their speaker poised as mom, seer, reporter and daughter. They communicate of loss and chilly realities (misplaced charms of success, a travel of an assisted-living facility, cash thrown into Niagara Falls). in addition they interweave goals and visions: "O Lion, i'm / an outdated handmaiden; i can't lay the beautiful child within the lap / of the imposter." easy yet evocative, immediately unusual and simple, Rogers's poems of tackle ricochet off the well-known "Dear Reader" or Dickinson's "Dear grasp" ... Rogers's poems offer directions for what to depart, what to take and what to struggle. They act as selvage among the great mother-ocean the mem of reminiscence and the cloth we make of the doubtful in-between.’
Hoa Nguyen, The Boston Review
How will we dwell with the type of discomfort that worsens every day? Dear Leader explains via daring persistence, enumerated benefits and the inventive mind's eye. by way of pasting stark truths over, or below, photographs of wierd, compelling attractiveness, Rogers creates a college, a simulation of the human center less than attack, bleeding yet unbroken. half Orpheus, half pop-heroine who can paint the daylight hours black,” all, an unique act of aesthetic violence and natural, dauntless, love.’
’In Dear Leader, Damian Rogers re-invents the same-old poetic lyric to deals us extraordinary insights on childbirth and occasion bars, rolling blackouts and previous rock criteria. right here, what appears to be like at the start like standard language continually unearths itself to be a unprecedented mineral. And that’s the magic: this can be a poetry that refuses to be staged or to succumb to cliché or mannerism, insisting on social gathering and condemnation, warning and cosmic vibrations. Say you’re a poet,” Rogers advises us, tongue-in-cheek, Maybe you suggest / Hi, i've got loads of feelings.” outstanding that stability among one-liners and mourning isn't any small feat.
Trillium Award Jury Citation
Praise for Paper Radio:
Paper Radio jumped out at me and that i can’t say why, yet that’s what you will have poetry to do, and that i by no means are looking to say why. simply because it’s actual and chatting with me. simply because it’s bloody and scary good looks. It’s the conflict and Buckminster Fuller, Auden and Bowie.
Originally from the Detroit zone, Damian Rogers now lives in Toronto the place she works because the poetry editor of residence of Anansi Press and because the artistic director of Poetry in Voice. Her first e-book, Paper Radio, used to be nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
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