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The Poet's Point of View: Jen Currin

The Poet's Point of View: Jen Currin

We’re back with a new edition of The Poet’s Point of View where we ask Anansi poets to recommend art, writing, music, and more to experience in tandem with their new collections.

Next up is poet Jen Currin. Jen lives on unceded Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, and Musqueam territories (New Westminster, BC) and teaches writing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Jen’s first collection of stories, Hider/Seeker, was awarded a Canadian Independent Book Award and was named a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book. They have published four previous collections of poetry, The Sleep of Four CitiesHagiographyThe Inquisition Yours (winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award), and School.

Jen Currin, while reading your new collection of poetry, what would you recommend as...

One song or album to listen to: 

JC: “Red Eye Special” by Pelican Ossman

One film to watch: 

JC: My Own Private Idaho

One meal to eat: 

JC: Coffee with cream

One piece of art to look at: 

JC: The Empire of Light by Magritte

One place to plan to visit: 

JC: The bridges of Portland, Oregon

One quotation to read from another writer: 

JC: “This wish is part of another wish: for reality without reality—stories that are indistinguishable from the truth.” –A.L. Snijders

One question to ask yourself or a friend: 

JC: How do we get there?


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