New Book by André Narbonne! – With Upcoming Launches!
Published by: ʄ§ FLAT SINGLES PRESS – ISBN: 978-0-9948328-2-5
Book Review of You Were Here (flat singles press): André Narbonne deploys an austere precision of imagery that depicts in the sharpest possible focus his poems’ scenes, incidents and characters: “a blue balloon . . . / . . . tumbles tentatively on the beach in search of a lost child” or a house lawn reveals “the commonplace litter of a distracted family.” In both lineated and prose poems, Narbonne in You Were Here provides an unflinching look a rural Ontario childhood. His deft poems recall those throw-away words uttered by a significant adult that can haunt one throughout one’s life, for example the mother cautioning a novice photographer: “Stop! / my mother cried. / It’s not a picture without someone in it.” Or a child misunderstanding a pending divorce, when at a lake he hears his “father say he was / parting waves with the family.” Other poems skillfully consider the grown child, nature and travels through time and geography. A sense of home grounds and sustains the poet; in contrast, he is aware that “no stranger / can draw anything but a self-portrait.” And thanks to Narbonne’s amazing eye and command of his art we are shown the familiar in unexpected places in our world, like those birds the poet notices that roost in the letters of large advertising signs that “nest in the alphabet of commerce.” – Review by Tom Wayman
Windsor: Launch of Andre Narbonne’s new book (Flatsingles press): You Were Here
Thurs. March 2, 2017 – 6:30 pm at Biblioasis (1520 Wyandotte St. E.)
With Special guests Amanda Earl (Chaudiere Books)
& Melanie Janisse-Barlow (Author & Visual Artist) & Eva K.D. (Poet)
Free Admission * Refreshments * Books for Sale * Signings
Toronto: Andre Narbonne’s new book: You Were Here
Thurs. February 23, 2017 – 6:00 pm at Ben McNally Books (366 Bay St.)
With Special Guest, Pearl Pirie (Book Thug)
Free Admission * Books for Sale * Signings
Ottawa: Andre Narbonne’s new book: You Were Here
Thurs. March 23, 2017 at Knox Presbyterian Church (Elgin St.)
at VerseFest 2017, Ottawa’s international poetry festival.
7th annual VerseFest takes place Mar. 21-26, 2017.