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For the past 27 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent that appeared at our 28th festival on September 24, 2017
Internationally bestselling and award-winning author of Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault, Anne Michaels brings us a collection of poems exploring one of her essential concerns: “what love makes us capable of, and incapable of.” Here is the paradox at the heart of loss, the ways in which passion must accept, must insist, that “death . . . give / not only take from us.” These piercing poems treat desire in a style that is chaste, spare, figuratively modulated, almost classical.
Anne Michaels is a novelist and poet. Her books have been translated into over forty-five languages. She has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Giller Prize (twice), the Griffin Poetry Prize, among others, and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (twice). Her novel Fugitive Pieces was adapted as a feature film. She is Toronto’s Poet Laureate.