Tightrope Books

A June Poetry Read-a-Thon

By Tightrope Books | May 24th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We invite you to come and enjoy readings from seven recently published books of poetry.

Sunday, June 26, 2011
3-6 pm with readings beginning at 4 pm

The Boyd/Pierson back garden
258 Indian Road, Toronto, ON
(south of Bloor, just north of Howard Park)

featured poets and their books
Leanne Averbach, Come Closer (Tightrope Books, 2010)
Jim Johnstone, Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011) with art by Julienne Lottering
Jim Nason, Narcissus Unfolding (Frontenac, 2011)
Ruth Roach Pierson, Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Patria Rivera, Be (Signature Editions, 2011)
Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions, 2011)
Daniel Scott Tysdal, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope Books, 2011)

You can RSVP on our Facebook event page.

April is National Poetry Month

By Nico | April 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

April is National Poetry Month here in Canada, and in the United States (Great Britain celebrates its poets in October).

Canada Arts Connect Magazine has rounded up a selection of “random acts of poetry”, and includes a line from an interlude found in Daniel Scott Tysdal’s The Mourner’s Book of Albums.

If you’re so inclined, check out some of the poetry collections and anthologies we’ve published, including our ever popular Best Canadian Poetry series. We also have a vibrant Best Canadian Poetry blog.

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.”

–Charles Baudelaire

Tomorrow is the launch for Jim Johnstone’s Sunday, the locusts

By Nico | March 23rd, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Sunday, the locusts, by Jim JohnstoneOn Monday, March 24th at 6:30 pm at The Ossington (61 Ossington Ave, Toronto) join Tightrope Books for the launch of Jim Johnstone‘s new poetry collection: Sunday, the locusts, with illustrations by Julienne Lottering.

There’s more! Readings from Daniel Scott Tysdal (The Mourner’s Book of Albums, 2010) and Kathryn Mockler (Onion Man, forthcoming fall 2011).

About Sunday, the locusts

A long poem that probes love and loss in fragments of verse and hybrid-media collage, Sunday, the locusts is a post-apocalyptic tour-de-force. Drawing ……on a variety of disciplines including developmental biology, geology and philosophy, Jim Johnstone and Julienne Lottering blur linguistic boundaries to create a unique collaborative text. Hymn, map, portent—Sunday, the locusts warns against inevitable extinction while also revelling in the vivacity of personhood.

Jim Johnstone (b. 1978) is a writer and physiologist in Toronto. He is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010) and The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008). His poems have been published in several Canadian magazines, including Descant, enRoute, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, and PRISM International and anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2010. He is the founder and editor of Misunderstandings Magazine and poetry editor of Cactus Press. See: http://jimjohnstone.wordpress.com.

We hope to see you there!

Interview with Daniel Scott Tysdal

By Nico | February 17th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Daniel Scott TysdalThe latest issue of The Puritan contains an interview with Tightrope author Daniel Scott Tysdal, conducted by E Martin Nolan, as well as a short story, “The Poem”.

From the interview:

[N]othing’s gained from suddenly realizing, oh this part was made up and this part is true, and you have this big breakthrough. That‟s not it. It‟s about creating these different relationships to the real, whether they were real or not in the first place.

Tsydal’s latest title is The Mourner’s Book of Albums.

Win a Copy of an Unconventional and Profound Mixed-media Poetry Collection!

By Tightrope Books | December 17th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Enter to win a copy of award-winning author Daniel Scott Tysdal’s new book of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums. Today’s prose poem on CommuterLit.com is “What is Missing,” featured in The Mourner’s Book of Albums, an exploration of the elegiac tradition and the 21st-century attitude to remembrance and grief. To win a copy of the book, courtesy of us, all you have to do is write a comment or short poem on the topic of impromptu memorials in the Comment section. The best entry will win.
Read the prose poem at http://commuterlit.com/2010/12/friday-what-is-missing/.