Amanda Moore & Danielle Janess
Amanda Moore and Danielle Janess, two poets with debut collections out, make this virtual joint poetry reading here tonight. Amanda Moore’s Requeening (Ecco Press) is a 2021 National Poetry Series selection - judged this year by Ocean Vuong, who notes: “A rare feat for any book of poems, let alone a debut, in that the lines, wrought with such deft precision and care, mark the sum total of a life richly lived and felt at the seat of poetry...These poems care, first and foremost, for what they write of and through, which is a much needed—yet increasingly rare—achievement.”
"In her outstanding debut collection, Requeening, Amanda Moore imaginatively parallels the life of a woman in her family with the life of the queen bee in the hive. These poems take us through the sleepless nights of early parenthood, drunk with joy, through illness and recovery, through grief and fierce love.” - Ellen Bass.
Poet and theatre artist Danielle Janess, who lives nearby (in what has felt so far away with the border situation) in Victoria, will be reading from her first collection, The Milk of Amnesia (McGill-Queen’s University Press). This collection is one of not forgetting war and what continues in its wake, of the lasting effects of nationalism, forced migration, and more. There is a family story within that helps serve telling a larger story - movingly and poetically.
"A vibrating journey across time and the borders of memory and space to voice what was unvoiced, to restore the pieces of a broken world." Tomasz Różycki.