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category: Poetry
published: Oct 2012


by Catherine Owen

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Twenty-first century metalheads; twelfth century troubadours and their female counterparts, the trobairitz- what could they possibly have in common? The creation of an often misunderstood and at times reviled genre for one; for another, a kin preoccupation with the questioning of structures set up by class, gender, and religion.

"Describing metal fans as "raw birds, eyes banged out of their heads," Owen's loving scorn allows her to walk a fine line between paying homage to the subculture and dissecting its darkness." - Winnipeg Free Press

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Catherine Owen is a Vancouver poet and writer, the author of nine collections of poetry. A book of essays and memoirs, 'Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse', was published earlier this year. Catherine's work has appeared in periodicals throughout Canada, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia. Her books and poems have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gerald Lampert Award, the BC Book Prize, the ReLit Award, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness In Literature, Short Grain, and The Earle Birney Prize. Her last book of poetry, 'Frenzy' (Anvil), won the Alberta Literary Award in 2009. She has a Masters degree in English and plays bass in the metal bands Inhuman and Helgrind.

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Catherine Owen is an accomplished writer, photographer and bass player in metal bands. In Trobairitz (a trobairitz is a female troubadour), she combines medieval poetic style with heavy metal subject matter, adding a strong feminist bent. The medieval forms used create an interesting juxtaposition with the very modern theme. The structure of the book consists of five parts with the first part made up mostly of “canso” poems, originally courtly love poems. Her very modern theme adds eroticism. Other sections include a variety of styles and centuries, flipping back and forth. The glossary educates the reader in the world of the medieval lyricist.

Owen’s works have been nominated for a number of awards. Frenzy won the Alberta Literary Award in 2010.

Caution: Contains many drug culture references, vulgarities, profanities, sexual terms and sexually suggestive scenes.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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