Trinity Street

Trinity Street

Poems

Written by: Currin, Jen

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Heartsick, reverent, irreverent, and quietly political, Trinity Street is the much-anticipated fifth collection from poet Jen Currin, winner of the Audre Lorde Award and a Lambda finalist. 

While Trinity Street is in fact an actual street in Vancouver, it is also the site of an imaginary garden and imperfect utopia in the title poem of this new collection. Currin’s poems weave together the meditative and the disruptive, the queer and quotidian, and the worlds of the dead and the living. Connections are made through prayer and protest; friendships are forged on a planet challenged by climate crisis, collective grief, and the perils of late capitalism. 

These poems vibrate with unexpected shifts and precise, startling imagery, the touchstones of a poet whose work critics have described as “thrilling,” “emotionally evocative,” and “revelatory.”

Heartsick, reverent, irreverent, and quietly political, Trinity Street is the much-anticipated fifth collection from poet Jen Currin, winner of the Audre Lorde Award and a Lambda finalist. 

While Trinity Street is in fact an actual street in Vancouver, it is also the site of an imaginary garden and imperfect utopia in the title poem of this new collection. Currin’s poems weave together the meditative and the disruptive, the queer and quotidian, and the worlds of the dead and the living. Connections are made through prayer and protest; friendships are forged on a planet challenged by climate crisis, collective grief, and the perils of late capitalism. 

These poems vibrate with unexpected shifts and precise, startling imagery, the touchstones of a poet whose work critics have described as “thrilling,” “emotionally evocative,” and “revelatory.”

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Apr 4, 2023
Specifications 104 pages | 6 in x 8 in
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JEN CURRIN 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 Cities, Hagiography, The Inquisition Yours (winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award), and School.

Written By

JEN CURRIN 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 Cities, Hagiography, The Inquisition Yours (winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award), and School.


I delight in Jen Currin's poetry, and “delight” is the right word, because this kind of vociferous intelligence coupled with such musical sense of wordplay give(s) pure pleasure. It is wordplay because it romps and leaps within the form of the poem, the lines buck like animals. Throughout all of their books, and especially in this new one, Currin’s sense of language is sure and wild, wild and sure.

” —Kazim Ali, author of Inquisition

Set against the moody wetness of the Pacific Northwest through its perambulations from Vancouver to Portland and back again, these poems contemplate the moon; a predatory State in collusion with “Princes of Melting Icecaps;” the often-unseen intimacy between architecture and animals; intergenerational trauma; dying salmon and structural dystopia; and conclude with what must be paramount in our minds in the present ecological crises: water and healing.

” —Mercedes Eng, author of Prison Industrial Complex Explodes