Pearl Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken is a finalist for the 2016 Archibald Lampman Award! | Book*hug Press

Pearl Pirie’s the pet radish, shrunken is a finalist for the 2016 Archibald Lampman Award!

the pet radish, shrunken by Pearl Pirie

Congratulations to Pearl Pirie! Arc Poetry Magazine have announced the 2015 Archibald Lampman Award finalists and we’re thrilled that Pearl is shortlisted for her 3rd full collection, the pet radish, shrunken!

Hurray, Pearl! Go radish, go!

Pearl_Pirie_AuthorPhoto_Credit Brian_Pirie

Credit: Brian Pirie

the pet radish, shrunken deals in the poetics of sound, language, and play. In true Pirie style, this fresh, quirky, and clear-seeing collection speaks in a range of forms and voices: From a military convoy of turtles, to a Kafkaesque conversation with a housefly, to the dissection of a fruit machine, Pirie offers oulipo found speech as it integrates and disintegrates, plays with and tumbles through language.

wabigoonCongratulations as well to the other two finalists: David Groulx, author of Wabi­goon River Poems (Kege­donce Press 2015) and N.W. Lea, author of Under­stander (Chaudiere Books, 2015).

understanderThe 2015 Archibald Lamp­man Award will be pre­sented in con­junc­tion with the City of Ottawa Book Awards in Ottawa on Octo­ber 19, 2016.




Praise for the pet radish, shrunken:


“Like a difficult crossword puzzle or an advanced sudoku, Pirie’s poems are a stimulating exercise in cognition, where reading becomes a process of unravelling language.” —Quill & Quire

“[Pirie will] slip a hard edge into the most carefree poems to knock you out while other lines evoke giggles …. A radiant union of contemporary situations and classic themes… charming, playful, and immaculately skewed.” —Maisonneuve

“Pirie’s produced a poetry of pixels, of images that flash once then are gone.” —Winnipeg Free Press

the pet radish, shrunken is not only comic, however ebullient Pirie’s ludic play is; it is also mindful of its politics without being po-faced about them. To read the collection solely for its quirky fun would be to sell Pirie short, for her wit is not frivolous but judiciously cut through with sharp takes on contemporary life.” — The Rusty Toque

The Pet Radish, Shrunken is a wide-ranging potpourri of various & varied poems full of (often cutting & sardonic) wit, punning, & delight in the odd & transgressive.” —Eclectic Ruckus

“What becomes curious about Pirie’s writing is how she appears to utilize poetry as a way to understand how the world works and somehow navigate through the occasional confusion, whether the immediate day-to-day of existing, or something larger and more abstract.” —Small Press Book Review

From the official Arc Poetry Magazine announcement:

Each year, Arc Poetry Mag­a­zine hon­ours Ottawa poets. Today, Arc is proud to present the three final­ists for the $1,500 Archibald Lamp­man Award for an out­stand­ing book of poetry by a National Cap­i­tal Region author pub­lished in 2015.

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.

Eleven books were entered in the 2015 com­pe­ti­tion and Arc con­grat­u­lates all the final­ists and their pub­lish­ers! Arc would also like to thank the 2015 judges Sachiko Murakami, Liz Howard and Shane Book.

More info here.

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