Last night, I was at Phog Lounge in Windsor — again one of the best places for literature and music in southwestern Ontario. I was there for the spring launch of new books from Biblioasis. The one book that caught my attention was a book of poetry by Amanda Jernigan. The poems are rich in imagery, perfectly lyrical and accomplished with unexpected poignancy. And Amanda read them with such grace. Jernigan’s work in Groundwork, as stated by the publisher, is “a sophisticated reworking of European myth on the order of Yeats’s The Tower.” If you get a chance to read this book, don’t hesitate. It is — so says Dan Wells, publisher of Biblioasis—”one of the best books of poetry (he) has seen…”
These are some of the photos I took last night at the reading. The other readers included Mike Barnes and Claire Tacon.