Celebrating the 2022 Trillium Book Award for Poetry

12jun2:30 pm3:30 pmCelebrating the 2022 Trillium Book Award for PoetryWith Bardia Sinaee and Jeremy Luke-Hill

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Join us for a special conversation with Bardia Sinaee (Intruder), and Jeremy Luke-Hill, publisher of Roxanna Bennett’s The Untranslatable I, both collections shortlisted for the 2022 Trillium Book Award for poetry, presented by Ontario Creates.

Bemused and droll, paranoid and demagogic, Sinaee’s much-anticipated debut collection presents a world beset by precarity, illness, and human sprawl. Anxiety, hospitalization, and body paranoia recur in the poems’ imagery — Sinaee went through two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy in his mid-twenties, documented in the vertiginous multipart prose poem “Twelve Storeys” — making Intruder a book that seems especially timely, notably in the dreamlike, minimalist sequence “Half-Life,” written during the lockdown in Toronto in spring 2020.

Progressing from plain-spoken dispatches about city life to lucid nightmares of the calamities of history, the poems in Intruder ultimately grapple with, and even embrace, the daily undertaking of living through whatever the hell it is we’re living through.

In unmeaningable, her previous Trillium Poetry Award winning book with Gordon Hill Press, Roxanna Bennett renovated the North American disability poetics canon via her queer fusion of invisible and visible disability identities. The Untranslatable I builds on Roxanna’s acute sense of form and cripping of myth by establishing a more reflective, heartbreaking voice that asks, “Was I chosen? Is this a gift or a curse?” and provides answers not as prescribed path or cure, but as beautiful song.


Supported by Ontario Creates