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Personals

by (author) Ian Williams

Publisher
Freehand Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554811045
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770483392
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $9.99

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Finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize

These are not love poems. These are almost-love poems. Jittery, plaintive, and fresh, these are poems voiced through a startling variety of speakers who continually rev themselves up to the challenge of connecting with others, often to no avail. Ian Williams writes in traditional poetic forms: ghazals, a pantoum, blank sonnets, mock-heroic couplets. He also invents his own: poems that spin into indeterminacy, poems that don't end. With a deft hand and playful ear, Williams entices the reader to stumble alongside his characters as they search, again and again, for intimacy, for love, and for each other.

About the author

Ian Williams is the author of the Giller Prize–winning novel Reproduction. His last poetry collection Personals was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada. His first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize.
Williams holds a Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. He was the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer-in-Residence for the University of Calgary’s Distinguished Writers Program.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Griffin Poetry Prize
  • Short-listed, Robert Kroetsch Poetry Award
  • Short-listed, Relit Award

Editorial Reviews

"Williams has a way with ballooning inconsequential small moments into great significance like a moony newspaper personals' writer. Williams uses the hook of newspaper personals to not only showcase his talent but highlight how aware we all are of everything nowadays yet feel we've missed the magic moment." - The Telegraph Journal

"Ian Williams...plays with language in powerful ways in Personals,often using simple words or phrases as litanies...Williams has a knack for revitalizing conventional lyric subjects while dealing with the language and reality of contemporary corporate bureaucracy." - The Winnipeg Free Press

"Williams has a way with ballooning inconsequential small moments into great significance like a moony newspaper personals' writer. Williams uses the hook of newspaper personals to not only showcase his talent but highlight how aware we all are of everything nowadays yet feel we've missed the magic moment." - The Telegraph Journal

"Ian Williams...plays with language in powerful ways in Personals,often using simple words or phrases as litanies...Williams has a knack for revitalizing conventional lyric subjects while dealing with the language and reality of contemporary corporate bureaucracy." - The Winnipeg Free Press

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