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Paper Radio: Poems [Paperback]

Damian Rogers

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2009 Misfit Books

In her first book, Damian Rogers tracks the transformative moment, where emotion and deep memory seek form through sound and image. Her poems tune into a stream of cosmic chatter, channeling voices that tell their stories slant, from a chaste nineteenth century utopian mystic to a chorus of crones to the radical characters of Detroit’s sixties-era radical underground. Examining the equally futile and seductive impulses to chase both chaos and perfection, Rogers taps into history and mythology as each transmission mines material that is at once personal and public.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228922
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Coolly observed and image-driven, her poems are unsettling and at times enigmatic. But they can also be spellbinding, filled with striking turns of phrase."  —Toronto Star

"Tells us of dreams that sound like our own, shooting little arrows of insight that split the heart, revealing the shocking vulnerability of life. Paper Radio is a jewel of a book that you will want to read over and over and over again."  —Greg Keelor, singer-songwriter

"In Paper Radio, Damian Rogers emerges as a poet of startling clarity, intelligence, toughness, and tenderness."  —April Bernard, author, Blackbird, Bye ByePirate Jenny; Psalms; Romanticism; and Swan Electric

"What the cool kids will be reading."  —Afterword, National Post

"I'm rather amazed at what Toronto writer Damian Rogers achieves in her poetry collection, Paper Radio . . . In her first collection of poems, Rogers is writing a density with such an enviable ease, rivaling even American poet Sarah Manguso for her clear, tight wisdom and ease of thought, but in a prevailing edge and undercurrent of darkness far more wry than cut."  —rob mclennan, author, aubade

"Perhaps the most attractive quality of Rogers’ voice is the meditative effect produced by certain verses, the Zen-like mindfulness that connects past, present and future experiences in a coherent, colorful continuum. ‘I said oh. I said wait, hold on / I am changing into someone / completely different and better,’ the poet writes and suddenly we are all changed too. Recommended."  —Scene Magazine

"Damian Rogers' troubled teens, ecstatic utopians, and distracted deities are evidence of a powerful poetic storyteller . . . It's rare to find a young poet so deeply invested in both her own experience and the reader's pleasure. A splendid, memorable debut."  —Kevin Connolly

"Written with the confidence of a teenager carving her arm. . . . Rogers is able to execute that most important of the poet's tasks, seeing the atypical in the typical . . . An auspicious debut."  —Broken Pencil

About the Author

Damian Rogers was born and raised in suburban Detroit. Her poems have been published in Brick Magazine, MoonLit, Salt HillThis Magazine, and The Walrus. She lives in Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar work by a brilliant poet March 11 2010
By R. MISKIN - Published on
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Paper Radio is truly the best book of new poetry I have ever read... insightful, evocative, and deeply personal. Ms. Rogers captures the reader, and slaps them around with imagery and emotion. A lot of modern poetry, at least to me is quite flat and one dimensional, Ms. Rogers takes you on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, with lots of reflection on her young life. I found this after hearing her on an internet poetry reading, and decided it was a must buy, and the book doesn't disappoint. Not everything is for everyone, but just turn the page and you will be forced to face some truths about your own life. Enjoy it, I sure did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Times Surreal Nov. 4 2009
By J. Wahlgren - Published on
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This is a fantastic book from Damian Rogers. Paper Radio is at times surreal but most of all there are lasting images within these pages, almost as if it took a while to develop such a talent. Poems appeared in Maisonneuve, a respected magazine & there are a lot of characters & scenes to juggle. I am a big fan of this one.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe all you read Sept. 30 2012
By Simon Barrett - Published on
Bought this on the strength of the two - count them! - favourable reviews. It does contain seven rather poignant words by the late Syd Barrett(no relation) - otherwise, well.. lush paper! For Canada's Arts Council to subsidize stuff like this, to the tune of Cn$20.1 in the previous year, merely debases the currency (and she isn't even Canadian! how desperate can they be?)

You want a good Canadian? Karen Solie is pretty hot. '[O]ur bar tabs lengthen into parables'

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