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Tomorrow night: It's the Insomniac Press Fall Poetry launch. This is good, you should go. Facebook tells me many a fabulous personage is considering maybe perhaps almost attending. I might go, but the event is taking place on the Danforth, which is very far away. So it is possible I could get all bundled up and count out my subway change and stand gazing dubiously out the window at the dicey weather for a while, and then lose heart at the last minute. I'm always pretty close to losing heart frankly. I lose heart at the drop of a hat.

I totally cut and pasted the stuff below out of Facebook.

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Insomniac Press Fall Poetry Launch
Olive Senior launches her new poetry collection Shell
Insomniac Press
Music/Arts - Performance
Time and PlaceDate:
Monday, November 5, 2007
7:30pm - 11:30pm
The Dora Keogh
141 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON

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Olive Senior launches her new poetry collection Shell

Insomniac poets Roseanne Carrara and Catherine Graham will also read from their latest works.

Praise for Olive Senior:
Senior has once again demonstrated the skills of a master weaver, ensuring her place in the pantheon of Caribbean literary greats. – Journal of West Indian Literature.

Olive Senior's Over the Roofs of the World is a richly crafted, cunning and precise collection of poems. The songs found here move gently through the world and summon grace. – Judges' citation, 2005 Governor General's Award for Poetry

Her argument is made with formal beauty and emotional effect and strikes hard at both the head and the heart. – The Globe and Mail

In Shell Olive Senior continues her on-going investigation of the natural world, the nature of poetry, and the power of her Caribbean heritage. She is our guide through realms of miniature elegance, those of shells in their abundant manifestations. With her grace, generosity, and world-renowned lyricism, Senior gives us hen's eggs as hymns, molluscs as metaphors, shells of all kinds – sometimes fragile, sometimes unyielding – as home, as womb, as token and as totem. Ultimately, she places these shells, small and delicate, at the heart of the Jamaican cane fields, revealing a history rich with culture and haunted by slavery. These are Senior's most powerful and affirming poems to date.

As a poet, fiction writer, journalist and editor, Olive Senior is one of Canada's most internationally recognized and acclaimed authors. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her fiction collection Summer Lightning and a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for her poetry collection Over the Roofs of the World, her body of published work includes four books of poetry, three collections of short stories, and several award-winning non-fiction works on Caribbean culture. She divides her time between her native Jamaica and her home in Toronto.

Roseanne Carrara is the author of A Newer Wilderness (Insomniac Press, 2007). Her poetry has won the Malahat Long Poem Prize and been nominated for a National Magazine Award among other honours. She lives in Toronto where she is currently completing a doctoral degree at the University of Toronto.

Catherine Graham is the author of The Watch (Abbey Press, 1998), Pupa (Insomniac Press, 2003), and the forthcoming collection The Red Element (Insomniac Press, 2008). She lives and writes in Toronto, where she teaches creative writing and designs and delivers workshops on creativity for the business and academic communities. She is also the Vice President of the non-profit organization Project Bookmark Canada, which works to place fictional text in our everyday geography.

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