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Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie

by Jay Ritchie

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ISBN:9781552453537
publisher: Coach House Books
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Ritchie discovers and obstructs truths, like the difficulty of being at the bar and being a lilac bush simultaneously. I bought tear-resistant pants
just in case
I'm not
a good guy underneath it all,
being honest in discreet doses
to underpaid retail employees.

With an alternating sense of wonder and detachment, Jay Ritchie's first full-length collection of poetry grapples with death, disappointment, love, emails - the large and small subjects of daily life. His unflagging sense of humour and aphoristic delivery create a work that is personable yet elevated, witty, and honest.

Contributor Notes

Jay Ritchie was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and lives in Montreal, Quebec. Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie is his first full-length collection.

Editorial Review

“With their clever - but never glib - concision of image, and emotional directedness, these poems actually make me feel something, and that is something I really enjoy.' - Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning-

?Ritchie throws black holes on the wall, disappears through them. His poems are like dreams dreamed mid-movement, just before something happens, as if light, buildings, breath, parakeets, hope, haircuts, Montreal, and art-making are all fragments of the same epiphany.' - Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors

?Charming, funny, and often elegant. This is a formidable collection.' - Ben Fama, author of Fantasy

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