Book Cover: For it is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New & Selected Poems by Gary Barwin

For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems

Gary Barwin
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220 pages | ISBN 978-1-928088-95-0

For thirty-five years Gary Barwin has been opening up new ways of being in poetry. In this long-awaited new and selected collection, For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe, Barwin and his editor, Alessandro Porco, have drawn from his extensive writings in previously published books, chapbooks, small press works, magazine and journal publications, including unpublishing and uncollected works to create this category-defying book. Over the course of the collection Barwin uses a variety of forms and styles to explore themes from aesthetic investigations to questions of identity and culture, from ecopoetics to questions of language. Throughout Barwin stretches language to its fullest extent, whether he's exploring alternative translations or working with images as poems; he continually moves readers from surprise to delight.

About the Author

Writer, musician and multimedia artist, Gary Barwin is the author of twenty-two books including the nationally bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates, winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award. He is a three-time recipient of the Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award. Barwin has been writer-in-residence at McMaster University; the University of Western Ontario; Wilfrid Laurier University; the Toronto, Hamilton and London Public Libraries; Northern Ontario Writer's Workshop and Hillfield Strathallan College. He has taught writing in universities, colleges and in the community, including at McMaster University, King's College (Western University), Hillfield Strathallan College and Mohawk College. The author of many books of poetry, his work has been performed, exhibited and published internationally. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and at

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