Poets launch first books at Vertigo Voices

Derrick Denholm and Aaron Giovannone read from their respective works at Vernon's Gallery Vertigo Thursday.

  • Sep. 24, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Two poets will be launching their first collections of poetry at the first Vertigo Voices reading of the fall season, Thursday.

Derrick Denholm is an award winning-visual artist and musician who lives and works in the forests of Northern B.C.

His first book, Dead Salmon Dialectics, draws on scientific studies of salmon recycling in rainforests. The book follows the dark and often humorous trial of a young biologist at work in the wildest estuaries of the rainiest place on earth.

Written for the 25th anniversary of the historic Lyell Island logging blockades on Xaaydaa Gwaay, these poems are filled with rotting carcasses, swirls of phosphorescent algae, rain, night-fishing bears, local sled-neck debutantes, raven song, and near misses by giant falling trees.

Dead Salmon Dialectics is an interdisciplinary experiment that sets the visceral beauty of the coastal rainforest against the realities of hard science, technology and philosophy.

Joining Denholm will be Aaron Giovannone.

Originally from Ontario, Giovannone has recently moved to the Okanagan to teach at Okanagan College. He is releasing his first full collection, The Loneliness Machine.

Part meditation, part confession, and part comedy, The Loneliness Machine is a strikingly new rendition of the trope of the suffering artist that takes dramatic risks and rarely fails to charm.

“At Vertigo Voices we love helping to launch brand new books into the literary landscape,” said Vertigo Voices organizer and co-host Laisha Rosnau.

“We’re looking forward to these two books – Dead Salmon Dialectics and The Loneliness Machine – because both authors have been creating really interesting work for a few years. To see the work come together in first collections is exciting as a reader and member of the literary community.”

Rosnau and her co-host, Kevin McPherson, invite everyone who is interested in literature, poetry, and cultural community to attend the first Vertigo Voices reading of the fall season.

“Above all, even if we’re exploring hefty ideas, we make the readings accessible and fun,” said Rosnau.

Doors to Thursday’s event open at 7 p.m. and readings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Gallery Vertigo, 3001 31st St. #1 upstairs. All are welcome, by donation. For more information, call (250) 503-2297.