Trinity Street: Poems
Heartsick, reverent, irreverent, and quietly political, Trinity Street is the much-anticipated fifth collection from poet Jen Currin, winner of the Audre Lorde Award and a Lambda finalist.
While Trinity Street is in fact an actual street in Vancouver, it is also the site of an imaginary garden and imperfect utopia in the title poem of this new collection. Currin's poems weave together the meditative and the disruptive, the queer and quotidian, and the worlds of the dead and the living. Connections are made through prayer and protest; friendships are forged on a planet challenged by climate crisis, collective grief, and the perils of late capitalism.
These poems vibrate with unexpected shifts and precise, startling imagery, the touchstones of a poet whose work critics have described as "thrilling," "emotionally evocative," and "revelatory."
Jen Currin lives on unceded Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, and Musqueam territories (New Westminster, BC) and teaches creative writing and English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Jen's first collection of stories, Hider/Seeker, was awarded a Canadian Independent Book Award and was named a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book. They have five previous collections of poetry, The Sleep of Four Cities, Hagiography, The Inquisition Yours (winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award), School, and Trinity Street.