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In Fine Form, 2nd Edition

A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry

Edited by Sandy Shreve

Edited by Kate Braid

Preface by Molly Peacock

In the decade since the publication of the first edition of In Fine Form, there has been a resurgence of Canadian poets writing in “form” – in sonnets and ghazals, triolets and ballads, villanelles and palindromes — and formal poetry has become more visible in books, literary journals and classrooms. The first edition of this anthology was called “groundbreaking,” “a paradigm shift” and “a landmark text.” Since then, it has gone through several printings and been widely used in classrooms at all levels from elementary school to university, by writers who want to try something new, and by readers eager to explore a whole other side of Canadian poetry.

Of course, Canadians have always written in form, and some of its early practitioners such as Charles G.D. Roberts and Robert Service are again represented here, as well as more recent writers such as PK Page, Margaret Atwood, Fred Wah, Rachel Rose, Christian Bök and George Elliott Clarke. The new edition includes 51 new poets including Nicole Brossard, Rob Taylor, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Kyla Czaga, David O’Meara, Sheri-D Wilson, George Bowering, Lillian Allen, Marlene NorbeSe Philip, Mary Dalton, and also explores exciting new forms not acknowledged in most other anthologies including spoken word, prose poems, doublets, found poems and pas de deux.

In Fine Form 2nd Edition is an anthology that continues to break new ground, a thrilling collection of more than 25 forms and 180 poems arranged by section, one for each form, with a brief introduction to the form’s history and variations. An extended essay explores common poetic terms and technical devices. Surprising and exhilarating, here is a showcase for some of the best poetry this country has produced.

Reviews for the first edition:

“While it positions itself as merely ‘providing insights into the way forms work, as well as offer[ing] ideas and inspiration to writers,’ In Fine Form, the new anthology from poet-editors Kate Braid and Sandy Shreve, seems to have a more subversive purpose. Following from the preface by P.K. Page, the book serves as a call to arms, a rallying cry for an embrace of formal poetics (“part of our heritage,” according to Page) against that “upstart,” free verse.

It’s about time.

[…] After reading In Fine Form, it’s not hard to imagine a paradigm shift, a cleansing wave of villanelles and glosas and sonnets sweeping the detritus of decades of lazy free verse back into the sea. Mine included.”

— Robert J. Wiersema, Quill and Quire

Join us for the Vancouver launch

Editors Sandy Shreve and Kate Braid invite you to the launch of In Fine Form 2nd Edition, in partnership with ArtStarts in Schools. Join Sandy Shreve, Kate Braid, Leslie Timmins, Jane Munro, Rob Taylor, Bill (W.H. New), Barbara Nickel, Pam Galloway, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Kayla Czaga, Rachel Rose, and Thuong Vuong-Riddick, as they read their verses and share in the company of creative writers and educators alike.

Date: Thu, 6 October 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Location: ArtStarts in Schools, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A7

• Admission is free.
• Books will be available for sale.
• Wine/Beer will be available for sale. Light refreshments provided.
• Limited seating. MUST RSVP on Eventbrite.

In the decade since the publication of the first edition of In Fine Form, there has been a resurgence of Canadian poets writing in “form” – in sonnets and ghazals, triolets and ballads, villanelles and palindromes — and formal poetry has become more visible in books, literary journals and classrooms. In Fine Form 2nd Edition is an anthology that continues to break new ground, a thrilling collection of more than 25 forms and 180 poems arranged by section, one for each form, with a brief introduction to the form’s history and variations. An extended essay explores common poetic terms and technical devices. Surprising and exhilarating, here is a showcase for some of the best poetry this country has produced.

ACCESSIBILITY & TRANSPORTATION:

Close to Granville Skytrain Station. Washrooms are located on the Mezzanine level; an elevator is available for handicap access. Gallery is otherwise wheelchair-accessible. Metered street parking is available on Richards Street and adjacent streets. A paid parking lot is located on Richards Street directly across from ArtStarts.