Touch Anywhere to Begin

Touch Anywhere to Begin

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About the book

In Jim Nason's fifth collection of poetry, Touch Anywhere to Begin, poems are set in a physical world where full-throttle desire commingles with love, loss and grief. Although death is ever present — death of a father, death of a friend — there is a life-affirming/mystical quality at the core of the book. Nason reminds us that the city is both real and surreal, a place of creatures and buildings, imagination and deep emotions.

About the author

Nason, Jim

Jim Nason is the author of four previous collections of poetry, most recently, Music Garden.  He has also published two novels, The Housekeeping Journals and I Thought I Would Be Happy, as well as a collection of short fiction, The Girl on the Escalator.  His award-winning poems, essays and stories have been published in literary journals across the United States and Canada, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, 2010, and 2014.  He has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories.  Jim was born in Montreal and has lived in Calgary, Vancouver, and Syracuse.  He has degrees from York, Ryerson, and McGill Universities and presently lives in Toronto where he writes and teaches.  He is the owner and publisher of Tightrope Books.

Excerpt

from Touch Anywhere to Begin

Many men came to the windowless room.
I was young, semi-conscious, drunk. The tentative
man touched my ankle, then calf. For the aggressive
one, for his leathery tongue, his knotted grip, I slept
and woke. I sat, rolled over, licked his black boot,
begged like a dog. A third man kissed me
lovingly, on the lips, and I cried.

Mastercard put up a pop-up
sales cave, an atmospheric detour off the subway path,
concrete floor seductive, blue neon dim. We came
by the thousands, the rush hour surge, through
Union Station—for texture and wonderment, the warm,
glowing screen. Touch Anywhere to Begin it said.
Tap to Bobble. Swipe to Spin.

Audio

Wednesday, June 1

Toronto

What Queer Reading

wQr | POETRY

Poet JIM NASON reads “Three Seventy” from his new book Touch Anywhere To Begin Signature Editions, 2016.


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