Dear Leader by Damian Rogers

By Damian Rogers

I'm ill-equipped
  for this. I sit
    by a faux fireplace


that frames a true flame.
  I've been crossed
    by crows today.


‘Multi-vectored, Rogers's poems hum with lifestyles and pressure, their speaker poised as mom, seer, reporter and daughter. They converse of loss and chilly realities (misplaced charms of success, a journey of an assisted-living facility, cash thrown into Niagara Falls). in addition they interweave goals and visions: "O Lion, i'm / an outdated handmaiden; i cannot lay the beautiful child within the lap / of the imposter." uncomplicated yet evocative, without delay unusual and simple, Rogers's poems of deal with ricochet off the established "Dear Reader" or Dickinson's "Dear grasp" ... Rogers's poems offer directions for what to go away, what to take and what to struggle. They act as selvage among the significant mother-ocean — the mem of reminiscence — and the cloth we make of the doubtful in-between.’
— Hoa Nguyen, The Boston Review

‘How do we stay with the type of ache that worsens on a daily basis? Dear Leader explains via daring persistence, enumerated benefits and the inventive mind's eye. by means of pasting stark truths over, or lower than, photos of wierd, compelling good looks, Rogers creates a university, a simulation of the human center below attack, bleeding yet unbroken. half Orpheus, half pop-heroine who can “paint the daylight hours black,” all, an unique act of aesthetic violence and natural, dauntless, love.’
— Lynn Crosbie

’In Dear Leader, Damian Rogers re-invents the same-old poetic lyric to deals us unique insights on childbirth and social gathering bars, rolling blackouts and outdated rock criteria. right here, what appears to be like first and foremost like time-honored language constantly unearths itself to be a unprecedented mineral. And that’s the magic: it is a poetry that refuses to be staged or to succumb to cliché or mannerism, insisting on social gathering and condemnation, warning and cosmic vibrations. “Say you’re a poet,” Rogers advises us, tongue-in-cheek, “Maybe you suggest / Hi, i've got loads of feelings.” impressive that stability among one-liners and mourning is not any small feat.‘
—Trillium Award Jury Citation

Praise for Paper Radio:
‘Paper Radio jumped out at me and that i can’t say why, yet that’s what you will want poetry to do, and that i by no means are looking to say why. simply because it’s actual and chatting with me. simply because it’s bloody and frightening attractiveness. It’s the conflict and Buckminster Fuller, Auden and Bowie.
— Bob Holman

Originally from the Detroit quarter, Damian Rogers now lives in Toronto the place she works because the poetry editor of residence of Anansi Press and because the artistic director of Poetry in Voice. Her first booklet, Paper Radio, used to be nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.

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