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Fragile and Heavy Ho-Hums: Jay Ritchie’s Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie

With his debut collection of lyric poems, Jay Ritchie firmly plants himself in the ever-blossoming terrain of Anglo-Montreal poets. In their uncertain but affectionate grasp of the polis (its sidewalks, bagel shops, and shimmering populace), the poems in Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie are themselves personifications of the commonplace, as the winking narrator unscrews another d├ępanneur wine by the fountain spray in Parc Jarry.