What is the perfect library?
Speculative poet, York staffer and 25-year library veteran David Clink, who is the circulation coordinator in the Bronfman Business Library, may have a few things to say on the subject. He has written If the World Were to Stop Spinning, a chapbook set in a library. Clink will launch his collection tonight (Nov. 20) at 8pm as part of Hot Sauced Words poetry and performance presented by Piquant Press at the Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, just east of of the Broadview subway station in downtown Toronto.
This will be Clink’s sixth poetry chapbook. He has three collections of poetry: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008); Monster (2010); and Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu (2012). Clink has also edited an anthology of environmental poetry titled, A Verdant Green (2010). His poem “A sea monster tells his story” won the 2013 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song.
For someone who has been writing poetry seriously for more than 20 years and with over 500 poems to his credit, this will be only the second poem that Clink has written that features a library.
Clink has had some recent success with writing speculative verse, which includes poems that are either science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, steam punk, or some combination of these genres. In addition to “A sea monster tells his story”, Clink’s “A city of buried rivers” finished second for the 2014 Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song (2014) and “A conversation between a time traveler and his apprentice”, which garnered third place in the 2014 Dwarf Stars competition.
For more information, visit the Hot Sauced Words event page on Facebook.