Adventurize Your Summer!
April 18, 2023
118 pages | ISBN 978-1-989496-68-8
Award-winning poet Chris Pannell’s latest collection, Adventurize Your Summer!, is a wide-ranging look at travel, art and life. The author writes poems about the “Eastern Migrating Tourist,” and the indifference of the waters of the Nile, with many stops in between. Pannell gives equal time to great paintings and to the retired cab driver on dialysis; he is as adept writing about the Beach Boys as describing the cafés of Lisbon. Hopscotching through time and space, the poems in Adventurize Your Summer! are a study in humanity, filled with keen observation, touched with both sorrow and the wry observation that life is never what is promised in the marketing copy.
Adventurize Your Summer by Chris Pannell and put flowers around us and pretend we’re dead by Catherine Graham (James Street North/Buckrider, 2023) (Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews, 24/07/2023)
"Pannell is truly adept at spinning a range of material into highly readable poems whose cadences arch over a panoply of deeply human experiences."
‘Adventurize Your Summer’ finds poet Chris Pannell at the top of his talents (Jeff Mahoney, Hamilton Spectator, 8/06/2023)
"Pannell, in his poetry, has that rare combination of wit, directness, mystery and compassion, familiarity and surprise that makes every line an adventure."
Adventurize Your Summer: An Interview with Chris Pannell (All Lit Up, 18/08/2023)
A wonderful interview with Chris about his latest poetry collection.
E347 with CHRIS PANNELL (Jamie Tennant, GET LIT, 13/07/2023)
Chris and Jamie discuss Adventurize Your Summer!
Chris Pannell’s A Nervous City (2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive (2009) won the Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Literary Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live. His latest book of poetry – Love, Despite the Ache – won the 2017 Literary Award for Poetry from the Hamilton Arts Council.
Love, Despite the Ache (2016)
A Nervous City (2013)