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ECW Press Fall 2020 Trade

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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Available Excluding:Aug 11, 2020 On Sale Date:Sep 01, 2020 Carton Quantity:32 $29.95 CAD
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Shared Universe
New and Selected Poems 1995–2020
By (author): Paul Vermeersch Introduction by: Daniel Scott Tysdal
9781770412248 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Sep 01, 2020
$29.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.78 in | 0.97 lb 240 pages ECW Press a misFit book

“An invaluable aid in this time of troubled spirits, muddled truths, and convoluted thinking.” — Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo

Paul Vermeersch has reinvented the “new and selected.” Bringing together the very best of his poetry from the last quarter century with new and never-before-published works, Shared Universe is a sprawling chronicle of the dawn of civilizations, the riddles of 21st-century existence, and any number of glorious, or menacing, futures. Selected poetry collections are traditionally organized according to the books in which the poems first appeared, but these poems are arranged by prophecy and mythos, corresponding to the human (or trans-human) body, or as dictated by animal speech. In this universe, time is thematic instead of chronological, and space is aesthetic rather than voluminous. Here, alongside popular favourites, are recently unearthed gems and visionary new poems that reveal the books hidden within the books of one of Canada’s most distinctive and imaginative poets.

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Bringing together the very best of Vermeersch’s poetry from the last quarter century and never-before-published works. A sprawling achievement chronicling the dawn of civilizations, the wondrous minutiae of contemporary life, and any number of alarming, possible futures.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • Vermeersch’s previous collections have been finalists for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature (2013), the Trillium Book Award (2011), and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (2000).

  • “Replete with deep thinking and reflection, revealing the poet’s wide-ranging intellect, eclectic mind, and penchant for sharp satire.” — Publishers Weekly on Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy

  • Vermeersch is a professor of publishing in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at Sheridan and is highly regarded in the Canadian poetry community.


  • Readers of Canadian poetry

  • Readers of Paul Vermeersch’s previous work

Paul Vermeersch is a poet, multimedia artist, creative writing professor, and literary editor. He is the author of several poetry collections, including the Trillium Award-nominated The Reinvention of the Human Hand and, most recently, Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal. His poems have been translated into Polish, German, Spanish, and French and have appeared in international anthologies. He teaches at Sheridan College and is the founding editor of Buckrider Books, an imprint of Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Ltd. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

“Vermeersch’s poetry is tremendously rich . . . The poems, always perceptive, sometimes achingly sad, and sometimes achingly funny — are real poems. That is, they are written with an ear for the sound of our language: for the basic iambic of English, for the drama of emotion and wit, for the richly suggestive possibilities of pun and colloquial usage.” — The Fiddlehead

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