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Book Launch for Paul Zits' Leap Seconds > NOVEMBER 15

Insomniac Press and Type Books invite you to the launch of Paul Zits' Leap Seconds.

The official Toronto launch of Paul Zits' new work, Leap-seconds (Insomniac Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. 

A shocking, unnerving narrative, at its heart a love story, Leap-seconds is built of recombinant fragments from a profusion of sources. But also at its core is the question “How does one represent violence in language?” If violence does not derive from a place of soundness, then its product should be utterly confusing, ultimately paralyzing. The collection chronicles a bewilderment with institutionalized violence and the anxiety felt by a systemic desensitization towards it. So the rhythms are aggressively arranged, excessive, the single-mindedness of its repetitions an assault. Its mannerist patterns seek to enliven our senses, bring us to our senses, render us sensitive. A varied and polytonic manuscript, approaching unsettling content with nerve and empathy, Leap-seconds is a compelling treatise on violence and a stark encounter with the apparatus by which it is so often normalized.

There will also be readings by Jacqueline Valencia, author of There is no Escape Out of Time (Insmoniac Press, 2016) and Jay Millar, author of several books, including Timely Irreverence (blewointment, 2013), Other Poems (blewointment, 2010), & False Maps for Other Creatures (blewointment, 2005).


Paul Zits received his MA in English from the University of Calgary in 2010. His cre- ative dissertation, and first book, Massacre Street (University of Alberta Press, 2014), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards; and, his new book, Leap-seconds (Insomniac Press, 2017), won the 2016 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry.

Zits is a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, and is a regular instructor with the Writers Guild of Alberta’s WordsWorth Youth Writing Residency. 

Book Launch for Paul Zits' Leap Seconds

Type Books, 883 Queen St. W

Wednesday, November 15, 7pm-9pm