Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit burns fiercely in its righteous fury at the unbridled misogyny, homophobia and racism that is quietly condoned in our literary community. Here, critical bigotry becomes a tool of analysis, a text in which the poet romps and riffs, deconstructs and decodes, simultaneously mocking those who install themselves as gatekeepers of the literary canon, while inviting them to reconsider what they might be missing by adherence to flawed ideologies.
— Audio file used with permission by Sean Cranbury, Books on the Radio & Real Vancouver Writers Reading Series
— Audio file used with permission by Sean Cranbury, Books on the Radio & Real Vancouver Writers Reading Series.
“Rose’s poems are saucy and revelatory… and revel in a particular kind of seductive play that also pushes to explore, criticize and indict a level of complacency in Canadian poetry. We need more poems (and criticism) that call us on our shit.” — rob mclennan
“When taking important risks, I think women have more at stake than men. Women in arts and letters struggle with issues of representations, with being taken seriously, with erasure or utter indifference, with an insultingly gendered appraisal of their work… Thirteen Ways of Looking at CanLit, wrestles these issues into a chokehold, stating plainly: “No critic in the Great White North has ever told a male/writer to stop indulging in verbal heavy petting.” — Domenica Martinello for The Town Crier
“Already a classic.” — Kirby, Knife Fork Book blog
Profiles and Interviews:
Rachel Rose in conversation with Amy Loyst on the BookThug Blog
Rachel Rose (http://rachelsprose.weebly.com/) is a dual American/Canadian citizen whose work has appeared in various journals in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan, including Poetry, The Malahat Review and The Best American Poetry, as well as numerous anthologies. Her most recent book, Song & Spectacle (2012) won the Audre Lorde Poetry Award in the U.S. and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada. She was the librettist for When The Sun Comes Out, Canada’s first lesbian opera, which grappled with fundamentalism and forbidden love. The opera premiered in Vancouver in 2013 and in Toronto in 2014. She is the winner of the Peterson Memorial Prize for poetry and the Bronwen Wallace award for fiction, and the recipient of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, and two nominations for a Pushcart 2015. She is the Poet Laureate of Vancouver for 2014-2017.