Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Paper Radio by Damian Rogers

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Paper Radio by Damian Rogers

ECW Press, 2009

In her first book, Damian Rogers tracks the transformative moment, where emotion and deep memory seek form through sound and image. Her poems tune into a stream of cosmic chatter, channeling voices that tell their stories slant, from a chaste nineteenth century utopian mystic to a chorus of crones to the radical characters of Detroit’s sixties-era underground. Examining the equally futile and seductive impulses to chase both chaos and perfection, Rogers taps into history and mythology as each transmission mines material that is at once personal and public. “The world as we know it is / forever coming to a close,” cries Cassandra, caught in the space between vision and action. And yet, these poems are as hungry for genesis as they are for apocalypse, showing how the world is reborn again and again as our desire drives us through flashes of ecstatic transcendence, carried along by the secret, sonic pulse humming beneath our daily lives.

For more information about Paper Radio, please visit the ECW Press website.