Double Virtual Poetry Launch: Villa Negativa and Smithereens

April 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for the launch of two exciting poetry books: Sharon McCartney’s VILLA NEGATIVA (Biblioasis) and Terence Young’s SMITHEREENS (Harbour Publishing)! Tune in live on Facebook or on YouTube on Tuesday, April 6 at 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST. Sharon and Terence will read from their new poetry collections, followed by a discussion, then an audience Q&A. You could win a copy of one the books!
Biblioasis is excited to be partnering with Harbour Publishing and Munro’s Books for the launch. The video link will be posted closer to the launch date, so RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date.


The anticipated seventh collection of poetry from the celebrated Canadian poet.
How can we know who we are when we can never step away from ourselves? Villa Negativa posits that we can only know what we are not and explores that conundrum against the backdrop of a sibling’s illness and death, an eating disorder and a couple of really dismal dating relationships. Though it could be sombre territory, Villa Negativa looks for the laughter behind the darkness: the housebreaker who takes off her shoes first, the fabricator whose most intimate relationship is with fibreglass, the anorexic who sends the Diet Coke back because it tastes too good.


In Smithereens, Terence Young ranges widely among forms, subjects, tones and moods, invoking the domestic world of family and home, as well as the associated realms of work and play. He describes the simple pleasure of losing one’s bearings and seeing the world anew in “Tender is the Night,” and in “The Bear” he records the near-magical appearance at a summer cabin of a creature that hasn’t been seen in the area in over fifty years. The ironic benefits of a house fire, the late-night sounds of a downtown alley, the smells of a summer morning in the Gulf islands—all of these serve as vehicles for reminiscence, meditation and humour. Elsewhere in the collection, he summons an elegiac mood, remembering in poems like “Surcease,” “Fern Island Candle,” “The Morning Mike Dies,” and “Gary” some of the friends who have left his world. More than any of his previous books, though, Smithereens features poems that are playful, in which language is often associative, surprising and fun. It is a collection that will reward readers, whatever their temperament upon picking it up, and it will also invite them to return to its pages again and again.
Pre-order your copy of VILLA NEGATIVA and SMITHEREENS from Munro’s Books: