Location: People's Co-Op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Kim Minkus will be on hand to help Judith Penner launch her new book of poetry, A Bed of Half Full: a landscape.
In A Bed of Half Full Judith Penner offers the reader a landscape of proprioceptive clues to the driftless dreaming of the quotidian imagination as it squints through the gauze of deep time resisting the nostalgia for a cradle. “There is still a slot in the door for mail”, she consoles. These prose-poems are brilliant gestures into the landschaft of improvisational writing that playfully remind us of the tension between our restlessness and our desire for cohesion. Half empty, half full, or overflowing; your choice. Fred Wah
Judith Penner’s poems need to be read without too early judgment as to their meaning. These apparently disconnected scenes, moments, taking place in a familiar city, though often ending in opaque transitions, or the a-logicality of dream, can be seen–felt–as linked inherently by the poet’s concern for truth. The ‘landscape’ of these poems is a moral landscape. George Stanley
Published by Nomados, 40 pp, ISBN 978-1-927751-08-4, $10.00.