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Ian Burgham on poetry in the digital world

By Nico | April 7th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Grammar of Distance, by Ian BurghamIan Burgham shares his thoughts on the role poetry will play in the digital world with The Toronto Quarterly.

When you asked me what role I saw poetry playing in a digital world I was hit with a number of responses. The first was that perhaps poetry plays no role whatsoever in the world. It is famously said that “it makes nothing happen” and therefore has no action associated with it. I agree with that. I for one do not set out to change the world because I believe that the world, and if we mean by that “the human condition and human behaviour”, is ever unchanging. I am not out to save the world and poetry is not written to do save it either. Poetry is simply the imagination at work on experience to produce an artifact (by exacting craft) of truth and beauty – it is the expression of nothing so it does not set out with any agenda but to be itself.

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Ian Burgham has published two poetry collections with Tightrope Books, The Stone Skippers and The Grammar of Distance.

Tightrope Poets on The Toronto Poets 5 Questions Series

By Tightrope Books | November 4th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Read two different interviews on The Toronto Quarterly Blog with Tightrope Poets Ian Burgham and Karen Correia Da Silva as part of the Toronto Poets: 5 Questions Series.


Spring Launches

By Tightrope Books | April 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Hello Tightrope fans & friends,


You know we’re known for putting on the best events. We have some spring launches coming up that you won’t want to miss:

The Grammar of Distance by Ian Burgham
Thursday, April 22
Dora Keogh (14 Danforth Ave.)
6:30 – 11 p.m.
Reading at 7, followed by Celtic music at 9
Appies will be served
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

The Nights Also by Anna Swanson
Got No Secrets by Danila Botha
The Days You’ve Spent by Sue Bowness
Thursday, May 20
T Cafe (511 Bloor St.)
7 – 11 p.m.
Readings start at 8, followed by a surprise musical guest
Appies will be served
RSVP to the Facebook event here.

See you there!!


Ian Burgham’s poetry made into jewellery

By Tightrope Books | February 18th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment


Jewellery designer Jeanine Payer has incorporated Ian Burgham’s poetry into her work:


Check it out!
http://www.jeaninepayer.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16457&cat;=250&page;=3

Ian’s next poetry collection, The Grammar of Distance, is forthcoming spring 2010.

Ian Burgham once again presents poems of compassion that celebrate all manner of the heartland’s hazards and risks.

In his third collection of poetry, The Grammar of Distance, Ian Burgham writes from his gut and his heart. His imagery is, by turns, sensuous and rough-hewn, soft and hard. The poems crackle with sonic energy; they whinny and stamp. They whistle in the dark. His poetic landscapes frequent the windswept coasts of Scotland; but in this collection, we also find him doing terribly Canadian things like snowshoeing, surveying, chopping wood. Sometimes Al Purdy can be heard in Burgham’s voice and, occasionally, Patrick Lane. His penchant for storytelling and Celtic elegiac moods makes him a solid candidate for the position of poetic counterpart to Alistair MacLeod. Like all strong poets, Burgham’s imagination breaks past borders. Tribal and intense, his poems are conversations with loved ones, lost ones, and all the poets with storms in their bones. They are feisty. They rant. They grieve. They celebrate. Burgham is a thinker, a philosophical poet, a restless soul who asks big questions.

Ian Burgham is an associate of the League of Canadian Poets. Born in New Zealand, raised in Canada, he has lived and worked for extended periods of time in both New Zealand and Scotland. He studied literature at Queen’s University and at the University of Edinburgh. He worked as an editor for Canongate Publishing and later became publisher of Macdonald Publishing in Edinburgh. He has previously published two collections of poetry, A Confession of Birds, a chapbook published in the UK in 2004, and The Stone Skippers, published in 2007 by Tightrope Books and nominated for the 2008 Relit Award. He currently divides his time between Toronto and Kingston. In 2004-5 Burgham won the Queen’s University “Well-Versed” Poetry Award. His work has been published in many Canadian literary journals including Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2 (CV2), The New Quarterly, The Literary Review of Canada, Queen’s Quarterly, dANDelion, Harpweaver, Precipice, Jones Avenue, andAscent Aspirations.

Praise for The Stone Skippers:

“… a voice you don’t want to miss.” —Di Brandt

“ … concision, leanness and directness …”—A.F. Moritz

“rare and remarkable … the work of one who has the ear for the possibilities of language …”—Alexander McCall Smith

It is a wonderful, terrible collection, a pleasure to read and, with its melancholy cover art and thick, generous paper, a pleasure to hold in your hands.”—The Antigonish Review

Jacob McArthur Mooney anticipates Spring 2010 poetry titles from Tightrope!

By Tightrope Books | February 1st, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Jacob McArthur Mooney writes about the release of Suzanne Bowness’ The Days You’ve Spent, Ian Burgham’s The Grammar of Distance, and Anna Swanson’s The Nights Also on his blog Vox Populism. Check it out here.