Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997
Manx Pub370 Elgin St.
5:00pm

Plan 99 Poetry

with Deanna Young, Julie Bruck, Paul Vermeersch and Hana Shafi
Hosted by David O'Meara

Plan 99 Poetry

with Deanna Young, Julie Bruck, Paul Vermeersch and Hana Shafi
Hosted by David O'Meara
28
Sunday
Oct
2018
5:00pm
Manx Pub
370 Elgin St.
Deanna Young - Photo by Alice Young
Hana Shafi - Photo by Dylan van den Berge
Julie Bruck
Paul Vermeersch - Photo by Justice Darragh of Fossil & Bone Photography

We are thrilled to be partnering with the Plan 99 Reading Series for an afternoon of stunning live poetry.

 

Reunion, by Deanna Young , is a parable, an origin story, a cautionary tale. It is also a time machine in which poems commune with ghosts in an attempt both to reckon with and subvert their legacy. It is a tale of the impossible quest for the original, unhurt self. A girlhood is re-inhabited and oddly transformed as the adult becomes ally of her younger self.

 

How to Avoid Huge Ships , the fourth collection from Governor General’s Award-winning poet Julie Bruck, is a book of arguments and spells against the ambushes of age. This is, of course, a pointless exercise with a rich history. Julie’s new poems excavate a middle zone as old parents wither and regress, while the young declare their independence.

 

Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy, by Paul Vermeersch , is a survival guide for the Dark Age that lies ahead. It is the Third Millennium. The 20th century is a memory. Humans no longer walk on the moon. Passenger planes no longer fly at supersonic speeds. Disinformation overwhelms the legitimate news. The signs of our civilization’s demise are all around us, but hope is not lost. In these poems, you will find a map through our dystopia and protection from all manner of monsters, both natural and human-made. Only the products of our imaginations—buildings and movies, daydreams and wondrous machines—can show us how to transform our lives.

 

It Begins With The Body by Hana Shafi explores the milestones and hurdles of a brown girl coming into her own. These poems display a raw and frank intimacy and address anxiety, unemployment, heartbreak, relationships, identity and faith. It’s about arguing with your mum about wanting to wax off your unibrow to the first time you threw up in a bar in your twenties, and everything in between. Funny and raw, personal and honest, Hana’s debut is about finding the right words when you need them the most.

 

Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.

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