Works by Asa Boxer

Skulldugery by Asa Boxer

Skullduggery (Signal, 2011) by Asa Boxer

The poems in Skullduggery, Asa Boxer’s masterful new book, have a simple warning: trust nothing. Like the book’s hilarious final poem, which recasts Canada’s discovery as a hoax from the Middle Ages-Boxer transforms shortfalls of perception into tour de force performances. Drawing on a deepened range of forms [comic set-pieces, verse-plays, dramatic monologues] Skullduggery embraces deception as both theme and tactic. In poem after poem, encounters test the threshold of what’s real and what’s not; turns of phrase appear to say one thing, but really mean another. What is without doubt, however, is that Boxer strengthens his status as one of our most gifted young poets.

 

The Mechanical Bird By Asa Boxer

The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007) by Asa Boxer

An old idea of reality animates the poems in The Mechanical Bird: things are never what they seem. Opening with a quick-talking disquisition on lying [“Keep it simple, tidy, / take a noncommittal stance”] and ending with masterly mediation on the workshop and its “drawing-board dreams,” Asa Boxer’s debut constantly tests the claims of authenticity over artifice. Objects, settings and everyday details are swept up in an imagination that can never quite shake the sense of the visible world-even nature itself-as an artful mixture of fact and invention. As suggested by the eponymous metal songster, these poems are exquisitely crafted, infused with a sense of kinetic spell-making, and sing with an exuberant trust in their own guile.

 

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Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013) Poetry by Asa Boxer Illustrations by James Hillis

Inspired by the medieval journeys of Sir John Mandeville–Endmatter. “In which is mapped the kingdom of the New World, its five Great Lakes, its inhabitants, perils and wonders”–Added title page. “Book design: Caryl Wyse Peters”–Final leaf recto. Published in a limited edition of 150 hand-numbered copies.

 

 

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Etymologies by Asa Boxer and David-Antoine Williams

Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several awards and his work is widely anthologized. His books include The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011), and an illustrated chapbook entitled Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013).

David-Antoine Williams teaches at St Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo.

 

 

 

 

Notes from the Undead

Field Notes from the Undead, (The Elora Poetry Centre ) by .Asa Boxer

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Asa Boxer Sunday 30 July -4pm

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Montreal poet, Asa Boxer, returns to the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery for the fourth year on Sunday, July 30, at 4:00 P.M. to read from his series of poems about the undead: zombies, vampires, and ghouls, including the poem “Zombie Apocalypse – after Solzhenitsyn.” With mischievous humour, these poems examine cruelty, brainwashing, and just plain stupidity.
Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several prizes and is included in various anthologies around the world. His books are The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011), Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013), and Etymologies (Anstruther Press, 2016). He is also a founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Asa Boxer is the son of the well-known poet Avi Boxer, who with others, such as Irving Layton, formed the poetry scene in Montreal.
For more information, go to The Elora Poetry Centre at EloraPoetryCentre.ca.
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Friends of Vocamus Press 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway

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Friends of Vocamus Press is holding our 1st Annual Writers’ Getaway on Saturday, October 22. It’s your chance to get away with other writers for a day to focus on your work.

It’s not a workshop. It’s not a seminar. It’s a day long writing getaway at the scenic Elora Poetry Centre. You’ll be provided with lunch and dinner, ample quiet time to write during the day, and then a few drinks (BYOB) and some chat in the evening.
The Elora Poetry Centre is just outside the town of Elora, at 7324 Wellington County Road 21. It features beautiful grounds, a sculpture garden, a collection of literary memorabilia, collaborative works of art, and lots of places to write or take a walk.
The cost for the day is $50 per person. If you’re interested, contact jeremylukehill@vocamus.net or 226-500-7301.

https://vocamuspress.wordpress.com/1st-annual-friends-of-vocamus-press-writers-getaway/

Jeremy Luke Hill
Vocamus Press
226-500-7301
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100 Thousand Poets for Change

100 Thousand Poets for Change

24 September 2016

4.30 p.m.

This event, originally created by Michael Rothenberg, “ . . . as a demonstration / celebration to promote peace, sustainability and justice . . .and to call for serious social, environmental and political change,”

will take place simultaneously with hundreds of other sites throughout the world. Last year there were seven hundred sites.

This is our fourth year, and we have decided to ask three speakers, Greg Smith-Young, Peter Scott and Morvern McNie to give us their views in poetry and prose. A short period after they have all spoken will be open for discussion.

As the event is billed for artists as well as poets, we are inviting visual artists to bring with them an item which

they feel is in keeping with the above context. A written explanation should accompany each work.

During the afternoon Nick Kosonic will entertain us with his Solfeggio scale steel drum and Hang/Hung drum. We look forward to some new sounds!

The usual finger food and wine will follow the speakers, providing us all an opportunity to continue a discussion or meet new people.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Elora Poetry Centre

 

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—From Word to Word by Jeremy Luke Hill on Prager’s Echoes in the Timbers

“Jerry Prager’s Echoes in the Timbers is a prose poem that relates the death and inquest of Margaret Buckingham, a former slave who settled in Puslinch County in the mid-nineteenth century. The narrative is broken into several parts, each with a different speaker – including Margaret herself; her suitor, Jerry Collins; and a member of her inquest jury, Nicholas Beaver, whose house has since been moved to the grounds of the Elora Poetry Centre. Margaret actually visited Beaver House in her day, so it’s fitting that it was where Jerry first read Echoes in the Timbers in 2014 and where the published version was recently launched.

To read the rest of the post click the link below:

https://jeremylukehill.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/jerry-pragers-echoes-in-the-timbers/

30 July, 2016

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THE ELORA POETRY CENTRE is holding a special reading by the Montreal poet Asa Boxer, from his new chapbook Etymologies, on 30 July, 2016 at 4.00 p.m.  Asa has read at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Elora Poetry Centre on several occasions and so we are delighted to have him back once more.  His reading will be followed by another friend, Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter who has been here with the Fish Quill poets in the past.
After the reading and Abigail’s performance we will be holding a “Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction!”  Amongst the items being offered for auction will be CD’s, books, the best dress made from paper, the best paper trousers, and the best costume made from leaves! Further details can be found  by telephoning us at 519.846.2551 The auction will be followed by the usual finger food supper and drinks. Payment by contribution. All are welcome.
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