Jason Holt

Inversed: ($15, ISBN: 978-1-937536-62-6, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-138-1, LCCN: 2014933259, 6X9″, 92pp, February 2014; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes and Noble): In these poems, Jason Holt explores unusual word patterns that can help thoughts and feelings break free from the structures of habit and convention. Word-work and play come together here—in an attempt to resolve, by expressing them, the inevitable conflicts of raw experience.

“A new book by the inimitable Canadian poet Jason Holt always offers an adventure both exhilarating and terrifying. In one sense, Inversed is no exception to the patterns that mark this exceptional poet’s progress. The reader will delight to find his trademarks of condensed diction and spare syntax, scintillating settings for his huge subjects in powerfully implosive poems that have consistently set Holt apart from all the other poets of his generation. But the poems of Inversed burn even brighter with the cold fire of Holt’s word-passion, fluttering like a titanium butterfly on a pica.” —Liane Heller, author of Exposures and Code of Silence

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Up Against Beyond: Selected Poems, 1994-2017: ($20, 134pp, 6X9”: Softcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-317-0; $35: Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-318-7; $2.99: EBook ISBN: 978-1-68114-319-4; LCCN: 2017937169; Release: July 20, 2017; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): This book comprises 121 poems selected from two dozen years of Jason Holt’s work, including poems from six previous books and verse appearing here for the first time. Holt’s poetic trademarks—rhythmic stress, syntactic variation, wordplay, neologism—are apparent throughout in service of the aesthetic moment that is, for so many, as elusive as it is worthy of pursuit.

“What I particularly enjoyed about this collection is that excerpts are taken from the poet’s life spanning 23 years. We get to see a poet in various moods, and various spaces, using language as a tool for each occasion. I would recommend this work for anyone interested in reading new poetic voices and particularly those who are open to experimental poems.” —Infinite Text

Jason Holt lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and teaches at Acadia University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Western University in 1998. His books include Blindsight and the Nature of Consciousness, which was shortlisted for the 2005 CPA Book Prize. Inversed is his sixth book of poetry.


One Response to “Jason Holt”

  1. Anaphora Literary Press April 8, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    A review was published of Jason Holt’s “Inversed” in the Herald, at: http://thechronicleherald.ca/books/1197856-clarke-linguistic-masquerades-to-savour.


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