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New review of Open Slowly

By Nico | February 16th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Open Slowly, by Dayle FurlongSerena Agusto-Cox over at Savvy Verse & Wit has posted a new review of Dayle Furlong’s Open Slowly.

From the review:

[T]here seems to be a sinister undercurrent or a blatant dark side that emerges in some of these poems, illuminating the truth that nature is not all beauty and peace, but also darkness and violence.  Furlong’s lines are not abstract mysteries, but the poems as a whole reveal a mystery or hidden truth that causes readers to rethink their initial impressions at the beginning of the poems.  In a way many of these poems discuss the impermanence of memory and the past, those people, places, and events that we think we will always remember, but that grow fuzzier with time and blur into nothingness

She calls Open Slowly “a mesmerizing collection of poems” and includes several excerpts from the collection. Read the full review on her blog.

Tuesday Teaser “Open Slowly”

By Tightrope Books | January 15th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


This weeks “Tuesday” teaser is Open Slowly, a charming collection of poems by Dayle Furlong.

In Open Slowly by Dayle Furlong young lovers tangle, tumble and dance their way through the urban landscape. They lose each other and rediscover each other in cafes and bars, over latte and beer while the city watches and waits for solitude to reassert itself. As the title suggests this is a book to be opened slowly, savoured like a surprise gift from a lover who will inevitably be forgotten, even while the gift remains.

Dayle Furlong studied English Literature & Fine Arts at York University. Her writing has appeared in Taddle Creek, Kiss Machine, The Puritan, Word & The Voice. She works as a literary publicist, a screenwriter ‘s assistant and for Descant Magazine. She has lived in all regions of Canada and has travelled throughout Central America, Asia & the US. She currently lives in Toronto.

Bite the Wind

Trinity-Bellwoods Park on an early spring afternoon
the earth smells of clinging soil, desperate to thrive
my niece throws up her arms and tells me she loves nature
questions why we must cut so many trees to make paper.

She’s quick for a seven-year-old, notions of revenge taut:
“If you cut trees for paper,” she says,
“Paper will get back and cut your fingers.”

Got it all figured out, passive paper: sly, full of cunning slits
siphoning into gentle skin.

She tells me she wants to bite the wind, wrangle it,
throw it on the other side of the world, she’s tired of
stray hair licking her face and choking her

Instead we run, up and down the little hill, through the valleys
and briar-like bramble patches that crack and creak, dry as paper,
prickly as leaves.

Open Slowly can be bought directly from our office at 602 Markham Street Toronto, ON M6G 2L8, through your favorite Indie Bookstore, or online from Amazon.

Poet Dayle Furlong, Word On The Street

By Tightrope Books | October 7th, 2008 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Photo by Bill Smith.
Click here to order a copy of Dayle’s first book,
Open Slowly.

Dayle Furlong Reads at IV Lounge!

By Tightrope Books | July 21st, 2008 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Mark your calendars! Tightrope poet Dayle Furlong will be reading at Toronto’s IV Lounge on Friday, August 1st. This free reading is at 8 p.m. at 326 Dundas St W, across from the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Until then, pick up a copy of her brand new collection of poetry, Open Slowly.

Dayle Furlong’s Open Slowly is a “must have book for spring”

By Tightrope Books | April 14th, 2008 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Dayle Furlong’s debut collection of poetry, Open Slowly (June 2008), is featured as one of The Danforth Review’s “28 must have books for spring:”

Open Slowly by Dayle Furlong (Tightrope). Young lovers tangle, tumble and dance their way through the urban landscape in this debut collection of poetry.