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Listen to Poems from Sharawadji
Nominated for the CAA Award for Poetry [Canadian Authors Association]
A renowned poet lets language ride its own musically-malleable syntax into unfamiliar regions of consciousness.
Brian Henderson has established himself as a poet who brilliantly makes us aware of language as an instrument of discovery. In his work we realize, over and over again, that each of the mind’s worlds speaks a secret language, which it is the poet’s task to discover and translate.In Sharawadji, this includes not only such worlds as those created by the surreal paintings of Jacek Yerka, but the intense, re-humanizing experience of loss and grief.
As Tim Lilburn writes, “Sharawadji begins with a series of smart, sinuous portraits of placeless, post-apocalytic locales. These poems seem to grow from sensuous interior observation; their phantasms, appearing ‘haloed and blown, in their fizzing solders,’ are strange yet unsettlingly familiar. Throughout this collection, Henderson conjures alternate worlds – they resemble the peculiar kingdoms in Sufi visionary recitals – that are enticing, disarming and uprooting. And, inside it all, in a room of its own, a tender death is observed.”
“Brian Henderson is one of the most innovative poets writing in Canada today. Sharawadji is his greatest achievement so far . . . He is a master at distilling lived experiences down to their linguistic and emotional essences. . . What he has created on these pages has my deep and lasting gratitude.” —Don Domanski
“Poetry for the soul - Brian Henderson dazzles with Sharawadji.” - Quentin Mills-Fenn, Uptown magazine, Winnipeg
Brian Henderson is interviewed on Speaking of Poems by John Cunningham at CKUW radio, Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 26, 2011
Listen here - the interview starts about 5 minutes into this podcast.
On Writing, with Brian Henderson - Brian Henderson talks to Open Book about the conundrum within the work of Jorge Luis Borges, the abundance of initials in science fiction writers' names and poetry that is "otherwise" — that wants to inch to the edge of the cliff, maybe even jump off. Sharawadji, Henderson's latest book of poetry that has just been released with Brick Books, takes on such a dare.
More Brick Books by Brian Henderson
- Year Zero (1995)
- Retail 2011: Brick Books by Jacob McArthur Mooney (Vox Populism, January 16, 2011)
- Review of "Sharawadji" by Brian Henderson (Brick Books 2011) by Edward Carson (Open Book: Toronto, June 15, 2011)
- Sharawadji by Brian Henderson by John Herbert Cunningham (Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2011))
- Poetry for the soul by Quentin Mills-Fenn (Uptown, August 18, 2011)
- Fluttertongue breaks down barriers by Bill Robertson (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, August 27, 2011)
- Sharawadji by Brian Henderson by Anne Burke (Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, January 2012)
- Poetry: Collections from five area poets by Robert Reid (Waterloo Region Record (February 11, 2012))
- Brian Henderson on Required Unrealities by H.L. Hix (In Quire, June 8, 2012)
- Sharawadji - Brian Henderson by Devin Pacholik (Pages and Patches blog, October 10, 2012)
- Postcards from Home by Louise Young (Canadian Literature 216 / spring 2013)