Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Poetry in Performance: Carolyn Smart's Hooked

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Poetry is more than just what is written on the page. This week, as Open Book looks forward to the inaugural Poetry in Voice Recitation Finals for Ontario high school students taking place on April 12th, our Video of the Week features Carolyn Smart reading from Hooked (Brick Books, 2009) at the 49th Parallel Reading of the 2009 AWP Conference in Chicago.

After completing her memoir, At the End of the Day, Carolyn Smart felt that she had exhausted her own confessional voice and wanted to try her hand at writing more performance-oriented poetry. The result is the riveting Hooked, a collection of dramatic monologues in the voices of seven infamous women whose lives were contorted by addiction or obsession. The voices in Hooked have been brought to life through reading series and in-house performances, both by Carolyn Smart herself and by other women who have felt the spark within a text that demands to be heard. You can even host an evening of Hooked performances and personas with the one-woman production Hooked in House.

For more on Carolyn Smart, check out OBT Writer-in-Residence Angela Hibb's recent discussion with the poet or call up the archived interview by Alessandro Porco.