Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured Poetry: More To Keep Us Warm by Jacob Scheier

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ECW Press, Fall 2007

Jacob Scheier will be reading from More To Keep Us Warm at Hot-Sauced Words reading series at Rails and Ales Billiards Lounge (752 Danforth Avenue) on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m.

About More To Keep Us Warm:
Both chronicle and confrontation, the poems of Jacob Scheier’s debut work out and through notions of loss. As the death of a young man’s mother instigates and informs these investigations, the realities of romantic failures become inextricably connected, and in the process More To Keep Us Warm maps the limitations, and breaking points, of the human heart. Questioning how and why we fall in and out of love becomes the collection’s haunting refrain.

At the same time, Scheier's poems mourn the absence of both religious and cultural identity. Facing the painful and confusing losses of his life, the support of the only “tradition” the writer knows — an atheist, socialist upbringing — proves unsatisfying. In response, More To Keep Us Warm explores the formation of a new, complex sense of self as inherited belief systems fail. With humour, sardonic wit, and conversational charm, this search engages and struggles with Judeo–Christian tradition to become an intimate meditation on the nature of God in a secular world.

About the author:
Jacob Scheier is a Toronto writer. His poems have appeared in several literary journals, including Descant and The White Wall Review. Scheier was the winner of the 2003 Art Bar Discovery Night, a finalist for CBC Radio’s second annual Poetry Face-Off, and formerly edited existere, York University’s journal of art and literature.

Visit the ECW Press website to read more about More To Keep Us Warm.