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Blue Suitcase

Documentary Poetics

by (author) Jim Nason

Mansfield Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
General, LGBT
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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In his seventh poetry collection, poet and novelist Jim Nason, delves into the lives of the eight missing and murdered men from Toronto's gay village in 2017. The disappearance of one man in particular, Selim Esen, compels Nason to search for a deeper understanding of the serial-killer murders while examining his own troubled history. What he discovers will surprise, enrage, and inspire. Cherish each day as if it were your last, Nason urges, as if you had already died and were looking back.

About the author

Award-winning author Jim Nason has published five poetry collections as well as a short story collection. Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals is his third novel. His stories, essays and poems have been published in journals and anthologies across Canada and the US, including Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008, 2010 and 2014 and he has been a finalist for the CBC Literary Award in both fiction and poetry categories. Jim holds degrees from McGill, Ryerson and York Universities and is the owner/publisher of Tightrope Books, Toronto. He is the founder and organizer of Canada’s annual human rights poetry event, Meet Me in the Middle: Writers on Rights. Jim is a frequent participant on fiction and poetry panels, and Spirit of a Hundred Thousand Dead Animals was inspired at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, where he was on a panel about sexuality in Canadian poetry.

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