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A New Book by Linda Rogers: Muscle Memory

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A New Book by Linda Rogers: Muscle Memory

Victoria's Poet Laureate, award-winning author, Open Book blogger and former Open Book writer in residence, Linda Rogers, has a new book of poems, Muscle Memory (Ekstasis Editions), which is now in stores. Keep reading for more information about Muscle Memory, which author Pauline Holdstock praises as "measured and steadfast.... In language that is itself muscular, [the poems] take us straight to the world's pain, where Rogers insists we look long enough, deeply enough, to understand what moves us, and what must be saved...."

From Ekstasis Editions:

Between the heart and the head, poetry moves, linked by memory, in the conversational fluency and exquisite metaphor of Linda
Rogers’ new book of poems, Muscle Memory.

In poems of compassion, longing and expansive generosity, Rogers’ reminds us that the heart is a muscle, exercised through benevolence and social consciousness. In Muscle Memory Linda Rogers dares to illuminate the heart with the light of eccentric wisdom and compassionate grace, writing personal and social concerns in playful and moving images. Combining a baroque sensibility with a flair for surrealism, the poet affirms the abundance of spirit that manifests when the muscles of the heart and memory are flexed.

These brave poems, measured and steadfast, refuse utterly the constraints of gender race religion and territory of every kind. In language that is itself muscular, they take us straight to the world's pain, where Rogers insists we look long enough, deeply enough, to understand what moves us, and what must be saved—the heart that beats everywhere to the same rhythm. -- Pauline Holdstock

linda rogers langwage is inkandescent brillyantlee mysterious n at th same time awesumlee direkt th realisms wch she takes heartbrekinglee great care uv n storee lines ring trew n alwayze take yu places yu want 2 go n sew thrill yu taking yu 2 realms uv magik n hope -- bill bissett

Linda Rogers is a poet, playwright, editor, and journalist whose work has been translated into seven languages. She writes song lyrics for the band Light, Sweet Crude and has an interest in causes that affect the rights of children. She has won, among others, the Dorothy Livesay Award, the Stephen Leacock Poetry Prize, and the Governor General’s Confederation Medal. Linda is the past President of the Federation of BC Writers and the League of Canadian Poets. She lives in Victoria, BC.

For more information about Muscle Memory by Linda Rogers, please visit the Ekstasis Editions website at www.ekstasiseditions.com.

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Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is the author of the novels Say My Name (Ekstasis Editions, 2000), Friday Water (Cormorant Books, 2003) and The Empress Letters (Cormorant Books, 2007). She has also published several collections of poetry, including Love in the Rainforest (Exile Editions, 1996), Heaven Cake (Sono Nis Press, 1997), The Saning (Sono Nis Press, 1999) and The Bursting Test (Guernica Editions, 2002).

Go to Linda Rogers’s Author Page