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Arc Poetry Magazine announces Lampman Award finalists



Archibald Lamp­man


Each year, Arc Poetry Mag­a­zine hon­ours Ottawa poets. Arc is proud to present the three final­ists for the $1500 2014 Archibald Lamp­man Award for an out­stand­ing book of poetry by a National Cap­i­tal author.


The award is named in hon­our of Archibald Lamp­man (1861 – 1899), one of Canada’s finest nine­teenth-cen­tury poets. Lamp­man moved to Ottawa in 1882, and much of his mature poetry was inspired by the National Cap­i­tal region.


The 2014 Archibald Lamp­man Award will be pre­sented in con­junc­tion with the City of Ottawa Book Awards by Mayor Jim Wat­son. The awards cer­e­mony will take place at Ottawa City Hall on Octo­ber 21, 5–7 pm. Nine books were entered in the 2014 com­pe­ti­tion and Arc con­grat­u­lates all the final­ists and their pub­lish­ers! Arc would also like to thank the 2014 judges Arleen Paré, E. Alex Pierce and David O’Meara.


The three final­ists are:


Steven Artelle Metropan­theon (Sig­na­ture Edi­tions, Win­nipeg, 2014)

Inspired by east­ern myth and the­ol­ogy, the Per­sian epic, Hindu scrip­ture, and other east­ern clas­sics, Metropan­theon is a gritty, bril­liant, and won­der­fully eccen­tric debut

col­lec­tion that seeks to inject a bit of spir­i­tual lev­ity into the rat-race void of west­ern urban life. Judges remarked on the book’s exu­ber­ance and imag­i­na­tive scope, noted its polit­i­cal stance and strik­ing imagery, and sprinted to keep up with its head­long street­wise pace. Able to present com­pletely dif­fer­ent but utterly com­pelling scenes as points of depar­ture for larger medi­a­tions on art, pol­i­tics, his­tory, and con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, this is a pow­er­ful book by a gifted poet.


 Shane Book, Con­gotronic (House of Anansi. Toronto, 2014)

The sec­ond col­lec­tion from poet and film­maker Shane Book, Con­gotron­ics riffs on philo­sophic texts, man­i­festos and a West African epic in an explo­sive series of orig­i­nal, unset­tling poems. The lan­guage is ener­getic, the imagery vivid, and the ter­ri­tory unsta­ble, as mul­ti­ple lay­ers of voice, dic­tion and music col­lide. Some­times as sparse as prayer, other times jan­gling with hip-hop rhythms, Con­gotronics is an orig­i­nal, unnerv­ing book.


Deanna Young, House Dreams: (Brick Books, Lon­don, 2014)

House Dreams is a sub­tle explo­ration of adult­hood, that uneasy realm between the expec­ta­tions of youth and the fears of mount­ing respon­si­bil­ity. The book qui­etly sur­prises with grace­ful and unset­tling images drawn deftly from domes­tic shad­ows. A book of both urgency and grace, House Dreams exhibits expert tech­nique and care­ful metaphor, and its words take on a dis­turb­ing dream­like qual­ity, almost escap­ing the page. Haunted and haunt­ing, this is a book of plain­spo­ken power and the uncanny imagery that trans­forms every­day life.


Watch for announce­ments of a read­ing by the Lamp­man final­ists com­ing soon!


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