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Letters to My Father
by Bänoo Zan

All This Blood by Susie Berg

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All This Blood is the second full-length collection from Susie Berg. Her first book, How to Get Over Yourself (2013) was also published by Piquant Press.

Her work has appeared in such journals as carte blanche, ArsMedica, and Understorey, and in the anthologies Desperately Seeking Susans, The Mom Egg Review, and Body and Soul.

Her chapbooks include Awaiting Butterflies from words(on)pages press, and You Will Still Have Birds: A Conversation in Poetry with Elana Wolff, from Lyrical Myrical Press.

Susie Berg is also the former co-curator of Toronto’s Plasticine Poetry reading series.


 
 
All This Blood was launched at Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances in Toronto on February 21st, 2017.
 
 
The launch featured TRIBUTE READINGS by fellow poets:
Elana Wolff,
Lisa Richter,
Valentino Assenza,
Lisa Young,
Nicki Ward
and Kate Marshall Flaherty.

 
 
 
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REVIEWS of ALL This Blood:

These centos, imitations, and found poems scavenge truths by lift-ing telling phrases overheard in cafes and bars, glimpsed on Face-book, or recalled from childhood and adult encounters. They are at turns heart-wrenching, painful, and humorous. From the poet Ellen Bass, Susie Berg has learned the art of the heart-twist and how to reveal underlying anxieties, the deeper currents in the blood that flow beneath our dailiness. Even as she resists easy conclusions — “I won’t untwist the bottle of memory / name all these shades of longing” — Berg delivers an unsettling yet cohe-sive collection. With calm assurance and vivid detail, these poems take on the moments when blood emerges into the light, blurring “the distance between true and / what we believe.”
 
Kateri Lanthier

Susie Berg’s All This Blood burns brilliantly with arresting senso-rial language and images steeped in life’s great unfolding and memorable moments. Berg’s well-crafted potent lines are salient, and reaffirm these diurnal instances ushering in the cogent under-standing recollection brings. All This Blood folds us into Berg’s cyclic experiences, and we instantly see and feel the dynamic wonder of common humanity on display. Her reminiscence is our retrospection, or as Berg says herself, “history is the reason / I lead you to the edge.”
 
Michael Fraser


Bänoo Zan is a poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 120 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as two books. Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2008. Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, was released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions.

Letters to My Father is her second poetry book.

She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series. It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.
 
Facebook & LinkedIn: Bänoo Zan
Twitter: @BanooZan

Letters to My Father launched at Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances in Toronto on January 17th, 2017.
 

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Susie Petersiel Berg is a writer and editor. She is the author of the chapbook Paper Cuts (2007), and of The Starbucks Poetry Project (sber40.wix.com/ susieberg), an ongoing series of poems inspired by lines overheard at Starbucks. She has been published in journals such as carte blanche, Ars Medica, and Paragon, and in the anthologies Desperately Seeking Susans, Body and Soul, and Seek It: Writers and Artists Do Sleep
 
She is a graduate of the summer programs at The Humber College School of Writers (2004) and The St. FX Great Blue Heron Writers’ Workshop (2006, 2007). She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, who all support her need to disappear into words every day.

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Lara Bozabalian’s poetry and prose have been published in newspapers, journals and two literary anthologies. She has featured at reading series and universities around Ontario, including the Art Bar, Harbourfront’s Canadian Voices Slam, the Luminato ‘New Waves’ Festival, Queen’s University Slam, the Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Words Aloud Festival.
 
As a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team, Lara represented Toronto at the 2009 American National Poetry Slam and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She also competed at the Individual World Poetry Slam and at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.
 
As Head of English at a public high school, Lara founded and runs a spoken word festival for high school students across York Region, and is a founding member of Toronto Poetry Project, a collective dedicated to fostering social change and creative writing opportunities.

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For more information about this award winning poet, please visit: www.larabozabalian.com
 

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Barb Hunt can be contacted through her website:
 
www.writersplayground.ca
 

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From the Foreword to where we are going
 
I admire Kate Marshall Flaherty for several reasons: her generous spirit, quick wit, infectious good humour and remarkable poetry. But as I worked on this project and each poem percolated into my soul, I found myself on a journey that was often heartbreaking. The long sorrowful death of her best friend to cancer and the strong spiritual framework that helped sustain Kate are important aspects of this book. When she was diagnosed with M.S., this journey took another painful twist. I was awed by the honesty in Kate’s writing but even more, I found myself curious about the origin of her stamina and good nature. In the poems I found a large, close family with a strong tradition and a young girl weaned on the essential characteristics that would carry her so well in her adult life. I also found a profound loneliness.
 
Yet Kate has never travelled alone. The voices of the strong women she celebrates in these poems speak as true as morning bells. The echoes of family reverberate like chimes suspended from a tree in a homestead yard.
 
Each poem in her journey is a courageous jumping off, a skilled diving in and a determined wading ashore, and at last, a resting place in bright light and clear air. It is refreshing to know that where we are going is a place Kate Marshall Flaherty knows well and is generous in sharing. That’s Kate for you.
 
James Dewar
Editor

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