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Dane Swan at Coin Flip

The Coin Flip Poetry Series will be meeting this Sunday, March 30, at Accents Bookstore. The evening will be hosted by Patrick Connors and will feature Jeanine Pitas and Dane Swan, whose poetry collection, Bending the Continuum, was published by Guernica Editions in 2011.

When: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Sunday, March 30.

Where: Accents Bookstore, 601 Christie St. ( Studio 150, Wychwood Barns) Toronto, ON

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Born and raised in Bermuda to a Bermudian father and Jamaican mother, for Dane Swan, visiting family involved trips to small villages in Jamaica like Yallas and Land’s End, or to New York communities like Crown Heights in Brooklyn. The great story-tellers he heard in these communities were his only literary professors. At 17, Dane moved to Canada with his brother to further their education. Dane’s poetry can be found on CD, 12′ Vinyl, MP3, in anthologies and in poetry reviews. Bending the Continuum is his first full-length collection of poetry in print.

“Dane’s poems – executed with much grace – are ones we connect to, as we embark on a journey to the full awareness of the ‘miracles [that happen] by opening our eyes’.” –  Adebe D.A., author of ex nihilo (Frontenac House)

“Dane Swan’s poetry happens. He writes what he knows and with such a sweet intimacy, one might feel as if they are borrowing his eyes, his past, and his perceptions… His poetry is open, accessible, tangible and a joy to read.” Cathy Petch, Host, Plasticine Reading Series

“His words are nostalgic one instant and futuristic in the next. The complexity of his poetry is quiet, never grandiose. While his work often resides in a moody and antiseptic urban context, it simultaneously exudes a sensibility that is fertile with hopefulness.” Anna Saini, Poetry Editor, aaduna

The poems in Bending the Continuum are slave to no genre. Science-fiction, alternative realities, and time are fluid. Form, voice and space in this collection borrow from multiple canons. Dane’s first book is equal parts Can-lit, Harlem Renaissance, the Caribbean oral tradition known as Griotism, Roddenberry, hip-hop and dark-humour.

Bending the Continuum can be purchased at:, Chapters/ Indigo, and directly from Guernica Editions.

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