Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Drift

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Drift

House of Anansi Press, 2005

What are we thinking at any given moment? What happens to a thought as that moment, on its way to oblivion, collides with its successor?

Rambunctious, witty, joyous, and bittersweet, drift is an investigation conducted by a truly unfettered imagination.

In fluid, sparkling cadences, Kevin Connolly's poems let the mind's downtime have the stage for a change -- the desert sky transformed; Spring Break as viewed by passing skipjacks; narratives of danger and dream narrative; a meditation on the business end of a sea cucumber; figures of history disfigured and left to wander the consumer grid -- such are the entirely odd, entirely current events in Connolly's world, a realm that stands at an acute angle from the place we normally live in but which we all seem to drift into. As one of Connolly's own high-voltage sonnets states, 'what stops the heart starts the world.'

In drift's constant juxtaposition of abundance and loneliness, we hear what it is to confront a new century, having quite likely failed during the last. We're reminded, by a voice unlike any other on the Canadian landscape, that our solitude is painful yet precious.

Kevin Connolly is a Toronto poet, editor, and arts journalist. He was founding editor of the influential 1980s literary magazine What!, and his Pink Dog chapbook series published early work by many of the city's best young talents. Connolly's first collection of poems, Asphalt Cigar (Coach House, 1995), was nominated for the 1996 Gerald Lampert Award. His second collection, Happyland (ECW), was published to wide acclaim in 2002.