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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!

Fall Launch Party Re-cap

By Tightrope Books | November 5th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

We want to thank everyone who attended the Fall Poetry Launch party last night, it was a great success!  Our poets, Leanne Averbach, David Clink, and Daniel Scott Tysdal, took to the stage with great material and performances.  Our audience was generous and charming, the best kind to meet.  Lastly, we want to thank The Ossington for having us; what a great bar!

Highlights of the night for Meg the intern were: Leanne Averbach’s exploration of a sexual wormhole created in a gaze, David Clink’s spoken word “cool down” poetry, and Daniel Tysdal’s Platonic voice, amongst others!

If you’d like to buy a book, just follow the links!


For Leanne Averbach’s  Come Closer
For David Clink’s Monster
For Daniel Scott Tysdal’s The Mourner’s Book of Albums