On the occasion of the press’s 40th anniversary, Brick Books is proud to present the third of six new editions of classic books from our back catalogue. This edition of Riffs features a new introduction by the poet Paul Vermeersch, a reprint of an extended interview with Dennis Lee about the book, and a new cover and design by the renowned typographer Robert Bringhurst.
Riffs is a story of a passionate love affair, told in vintage Lee style — with whoops, deep chords, and headlong improvisational arcs. We hear Bach, Bo Diddley, Bird; the news is heartache and being. Celebratory, claustrophobic, the poem tracks ways in which eros and our lives are made mutually accountable.
Praise for Riffs:
“Riffs is the book that unites his various voices and lyrical personae. It is a book in which all of his poetic attitudes are in harmony with one another.” — Paul Vermeersch, from the Introduction
Contemporary Classics — Canadian Literature
“The riffs themselves become the erotic fix”: A Review of Dennis Lee’s “Riffs” — PRISM international