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Suzanne Robertson’s Paramita, Little Black Shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Award

We  are thrilled to announce that Suzanne Robertson’s debut poetry collection Paramita, Little Black has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award.  The award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The Award carries a prize of $1,000 and is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets. Award winners will be announced in Saskatoon at the annual League of Canadian Poets Poetry Fest and Conference on June 16, 2012. To see the complete shortlist visit Open Book Toronto.

In Paramita, Little Black Robertson meditates on the nature of intimacy; the connective tissue that binds stranger to stranger, human to animal, soul to landscape, heart to mind. Inspired by the Buddhist paramitas – actions that spark a spiritual sojourn, the poems attempt to both transcend and stay grounded in a conventional universe. Follow the humourous, pedestrian plight of a secretary/writer grappling with her noonday demon, her love affair with Little Black, and the metamorphosis of her marriage as she harnesses the practical power of poetry, marrying words “to the wind horse,” “to the lies and the gossip and the truth of the river / as it pours out the mouth of right-now.” Paramita, Little Black explores acts of transformation; documenting a journey to live and love authentically amidst the transient anatomy of our twenty-first century lives. Check out Suzanne reading her work here.

Order Paramita, Little Black online:
North America: University of Toronto Press Distribution (800-565-9523)
Europe: Gazelle Book Services (0-152-46-87-65)

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