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This Day Full of Promise: Poems Selected and New
by Michael Dennis
Edited by rob mclennan

Short-listed for the Archibald Lampman Award 2003. Short-listed authors’ reading 26 March 2003, 7:30 pm, @ Mother Tongue Books, 1067 Bank St, Ottawa ON

Pleased to see you’re publishing Michael Dennis, one of the few current poets I consider a genuine poet, & a street poet to boot!
— Chris Faiers, Stirling-Rawdon Public Library

michael dennis was the first street-level, street-wise poet I discovered in Ottawa, & as I found out, the only one.
... there is the story of when he read “hockey night in canada” as part of the opening night of the 1999 ottawa international writers festival, & was the crowd favourite, with glowing personal & media reports including in
The Ottawa Citizen ... overshadowing CanLit icon Pierre Berton.
michael dennis’ poems are rough & sexual & sometimes brutally sweet & honest, & have an integrity to them, much as he does. The line between dennis & his poetry is very thin, & follows the working class traditions of Charles Bukowski & Al Purdy, of hard living, & sometimes hard drinking. There are poems about Catherine the Great’s sexual appetites, & about Fellini ... There are poems about working, hanging artwork, about Thor, & about michael being in love with his wife.

— rob mclennan, from the foreword

Michael Dennis was born in London, Ontario in 1956. Since 1975 he has published numerous poetry collections. His work has appeared more than 200 times in Canadian magazines and literary journals. An artist and poet, he currently works and lives in Ottawa with his wife and her garden.

Other Publications by Michael Dennis
quarter on its edge
just standin’ in the rain, talkin’ to myself
poems for one-eyed jacks
sometimes passion, sometimes pain
no saviour and no special grace
poems for jessica-flynn
christmas on the nile
so you think you might be judas
how to keep a poet out of jail (or: ship of fools, car of idiots)
wayne gretzky in the house of the sleeping beauties
fade to blue
what we remember and what we forget
missing the kisses of eloquence
the on-going dilemma of small change
what we pass over in silence
no gravy, no garlands, no bright lights

Cover art: Dennis Tourbin, “Art & Politics” © 1998, CARCC

May 2002 / 8.5” x 5.5”, 88 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
series: cauldron books, 2
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-48-0 (tp), $16.95
BJP eBook 37, ISBN 1-896647-49-9 (PDF)

LAUNCH: May 24, 8 pm: Invisible Cinema, 319 Lisgar St, Ottawa ON

2 August: IV Lounge Reading Series, Dundas St, Toronto ON

15 Sept, 3 pm: Reading – Authors in the Park – Stewart Park, Perth ON

17 Sept: Opening Reception reading with jazz trio, Ottawa International Writers Festival, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON

21 Sept, 7:00 pm: Reading – Ottawa International Writers Festival, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON

28 Jan, 7:30 pm: Reading – Tree Reading Series @ Royal Oak II, Ottawa ON

26 March 2003, 7:30 pm, Archibald Lampman Award 2003 short-listed authors’ reading @ Mother Tongue Books, 1067 Bank St, Ottawa ON