Toronto Lit Up: Spencer Gordon @ The Ossington, Toronto [9 November]

Toronto Lit Up: Spencer Gordon

19:30 - 22:30

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The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y9
IFOA and Nightwood Editions invite you to the release of *Cruise Missile Liberals* by Spencer Gordon as part of the Toronto Lit Up book launch series.

Featuring a short reading from the author, good food, music, and conversation, and a fundraiser in support of Toronto’s Red Door Family Shelter—a service for families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A PROMOTIONAL DRAW WITH COOL PRIZES (tickets «purchased» through donation at the event)!

Books will be sold on-site by Type Books.

“Spencer Gordon’s Cruise Missile Liberals is, as its title suggests, a very funny, often despairing book. Jammed with on-point pop and breathtaking turns of phrase, this collection of poems transfixes, so sweetly twisted is Gordon’s world.”—Lynn Crosbie, Author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night, Life Is About Losing Everything, and Liar

Hot, hot, hot! Spencer Gordon’s Cruise Missile Liberals is an exquisitely detailed and passionately directed collection which finds vibrant resolve at the intersection of nation and art. With considerable heart and thrilling precision, these poems gratefully adopt the argot (and trouble) of the times and they discover a much different Canada, sweet with chipmunks and as untamable as Sk8er Boi.—David McGimpsey, Author of Asbestos Heights, Li’l Bastard (Nominated for the Governor General’s Award in Poetry), and Sitcom

There is a generosity of spirit on offer here for we who are tired, placeless, saturated in social media, and wasted on the bright horror of a future that never arrives. This collection is deft, intelligent, and tender, if tenderness is something that can also crush you—an intimacy that panics shut. For we who are “Nature Woke,” “alchemical kids with gold teeth,” “wanting to live as I do, shockingly new,” Gordon sings and memes against “Canada the Good” and presents us with an arresting portrait of our present moment.—Liz Howard, Author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (Winner of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize)

Cruise Missile Liberals could easily be called Late Capitalism. Spencer Gordon voices the anger and dejection that many of us feel as we survey the detritus of our political and corporate ideologies and attempt to find an alternative to the cultural crack that has previously pacified us. But Gordon does not patronize us with false hope. “There is no system to replace the ruling system,” he writes in “Ticker Tape.” Elsewhere, he notifies us: “If you are crying, you are not winning. There is no good living.” As a solution: “You should burn down your life.” Like an excitable social media stream, these poems persist to the point of “sincere emotional fatigue” yet somehow Gordon manages to make an art of exhaustion, an art of the rant. Reading Gordon’s poetry and fiction, one feels caught in a Mobius strip where life and entertainment loop infinitely into each other. We are sometimes ourselves and sometimes we are Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, and Peppa Pig. Or they are us, our teetering elected representatives.—Ian Williams, Author of Personals (Shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize), Not Anyone’s Anything, and You Know Who You Are
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