The Single Onion presents a special double book launch in collaboration with NeWest Press, featuring poets Kayla Geitzler and the Single Onion’s own David Martin.
About the poets:
Kayla Geitzler has lived in New Brunswick for most of her life, except for that time when she went away to work on cruise ships, and that other time she went Out West. She holds an MA in English — Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick and currently lives in Moncton, NB, with her shorthaired moustachioed cat and longhaired bearded boyfriend. Her debut poetry collection, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet (NeWest Press, 2018), plunges headfirst into the surreal and slogging world of cruise ship workers. These masterfully crafted poems challenge perpetuating colonial and class relations, as well as the hedonistic lifestyle attributed to the employees of these floating resorts. That Light Feeling Under Your Feet interprets isolation, alienation, racism, and assimilation into the margins as inevitable consequences for the seafaring workforce of the most profitable sector of the tourism industry.
David Martin’s poetry has been awarded the CBC Poetry Prize, shortlisted for the Vallum Award for Poetry and PRISM international‘s poetry contest, and published in many journals and magazines across Canada. His debut book, Tar Swan (NeWest Press, 2018), is a multi-voiced reckoning that surveys the mythos of the Alberta oil sands with an approach that is both lyrical and experimental. The poems feature four voices: an oil sands developer, his plant mechanic, an archaeologist excavating the remains of the operation in the present day, and a mythical swan. Tar Swan is comprised of expansive and richly written poems, built on a lore-laden language, which explore the human and environmental cost of drawing too much from the land. As the three humans come into contact with the otherworldly swan, the voices bubble and churn together, and what is distilled is a psychological breakdown paralleling the toll taken on the earth.
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We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The League of Canadian Poets and the Calgary Arts Development.