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the first book-length poetry collection
by prize-winning author

Richard Scarsbrook

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The Story So Far. . .

Richard Scarsbrook has been writing and perfecting
the poems in
Six Weeks for over fifteen years!

Poems in the collection have already received the following honours:

"Fortune" was a finalist for the 2013 Winston Collins/Descant Poetry Prize
(Judged by Mark Kingwell and Leanne Shapton.)

"Exit Interview" and "Rule of Three" were long-listed for the Ireland-based 2013 Fish Poetry Prize.

A different version of "Vapour Trails", then called "Vapour Trail Dreams", was a finalist in lichen Literary Journal's 2003 "Tracking a Serial Poet" contest.

"Stop" and "High Diver" tied each other to win  the Scarborough Arts Council's 2001 Poetry Competition  (judged by poet Robert Priest). 

"Stop" also won second place in the 2002 New Century Writer Awards.

"Invitation" won Second Place in the 1998 Zygote "Dark of Winter" Poetry Contest.

"Invitation", "Reasons", "Sandcastles, Waves" and "Paint" were originally published in the author's poetry chapbook Guessing at Madeline,
which won the 1997 Cranberry Tree Press Poetry Chapbook Competition (judged by Di Brandt).

Many of the poems have been published in the following
magazines, journals, and anthologies:

"Fortune" was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Descant. 

"Saturation" was published, in a different form as a suite of three Haiku poems called "Intoxication", in the anthology Haiku for Lovers (Buttontapper Press, 2013).

"These are not Metaphors (These were not Dreams)" was published in the 2013 issue of
The Fieldstone Review

"Mixed Tape" was published as "The Recipe (for What We Made)", and "Sum of the Parts (Luminous Veil)" as "Look at That Body (Luminous Veil)", in Vallum 9:1, "Urban Landscapes / Hidden City", Spring/Summer 2012

  in Vallum 9:1, "Urban Landscapes / Hidden City", Spring/Summer 2012

"Contact", "Come With Me", and "En Français" were published in a different form as a postcard story called "Come With Me", in The Vestal Review, Summer 2012

"This Sculpture Reminds Me of You" was published in Existere, Volume 31.2, Spring 2012
"Spam Filter" and "Guidelines" (then called "Submission Guidelines") appeared in Prairie Fire, Spring 2011

"Rendezvous" and "Neon Sin" were published in Volume 7 of Jones Av. Poetry magazine, 2010

"Glass Half Empty" was published in March 2004 in Carousel (Vol. 15), and also in
2003: Tea For Three
, Cranberry Tree Press, 2003

"Swirl" appeared in The Saving Bannister anthology, published by the Canadian Authors Association, 2003, and again in the anthology Open Window IV, Hidden Brook Press, 2005.

"Observations on the Lover's Mindprobe", was published in The Harpweaver, Spring 2002, as well as in $10 Value: an Anthology of Assets, (Cranberry Tree Press, 2000)

"Accelerator" was published as "High Diver" in Surface and Symbol (2001).
"Storm" was published, in prose poem form, in Canadian Writer's Journal, Fall 1999, and also in Choice Works, Volume One, 1999.

A very different version of "December Valentine" was published in the anthology No Love Lost, Hidden Brook Press, 1998.

"Invitation", "The Reasons Why" (as "Reasons"), "Sandcastles, Waves" and "Paint" were originally published in the author's poetry chapbook, Guessing At Madeline (Cranberry Tree Press, 1998)

"Equation" (then called "Wastebasket Poem") and "Invitation" appeared in Zygote, Fall/Winter 1998 and Spring/Summer 1997.


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Praise for
Six Weeks:

Here is what Jeanette Lynes, author of Archive of the Undressed,
It's Hard Being Queen,
and The Factory Voice, has to say about Six Weeks:

"Don't let the sparseness of Richard Scarsbrook's writing fool you -
the poems in Six Weeks are lush, layered, and rich with wit and imagination.

Loving and desire are frequent subjects here, and Scarsbrook doesn't shy away
from vulnerability or - uncool as it might sound - romance.

There's a big imagination at work and play in these poems, a sharp intelligence,
and a resonant ear."

To listen to Richard Scarsbrook reading from and talking about Six Weeks on John Cunningham's radio show "Speaking of Poets" - click HERE!