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Field Requiem by Sheri Benning: Carcanet Book Launch


Wednesday 29 Sep 2021, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Field Requiem by Sheri Benning. Hosting the reading will be poet Karen Solie, joining Sheri to discuss the new book. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along. Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

Field Requiem bears witness to the violence inherent in the shift to industrialised farming in prairie Canada. Sheri Benning's poems chart the ways in which a way of life collapses, the world of the family farm, even as the speaker suffers, too.

The first poem in the collection, 'Winter Sleep', is a fever dream: the borders between past and present, between the unconscious and the real, break down. The poem reckons with the devastating social and environmental impacts of the agribusiness industry. The long elegy, 'Let Them Rest', takes its cue from the Dies Irae and the Latin liturgy of the Requiem mass to mourn Saskatchewan's many ruined farmsteads and razed communities. Throughout, the poems trace the still luminous contours of love - for family, for the land - in rendering the horrors of loss. The incantatory voice rises from dream into dark vision.

The book also includes lyric poems that give voice to the affective consequences of loss brought on by climate change and factory farming and renew a sense of locality in the teeth of corporate farming practices. Benning has worked with her sister Heather Benning, who constructs large-scale, site specific installations which explore and extend these themes.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

About the speakers: 

Sheri Benning grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada. She's the author of The Season's Vagrant Light (Carcanet Press), as well as Thin Moon Psalm (Brick Books) and Earth After Rain (Thistledown Press) published in Canada. Her poems, essays and short stories have appeared in North American, British and European journals and anthologies, most recently The Paris Review, Times Literary Supplement and PN Review. Benning completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and currently lives in Saskatchewan, where she teaches.

Karen Solie's most recent collection of poetry is The Caiplie Caves (Pan Macmillan, 2019). She is an associate director for the Banff Centre's Writing Studio program and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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