by Sheri-D Wilson
Re:Zoom – a book of no return.
How can we return?
but never from where we left off.
We continue from
some other place.
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Known for her electric performance-style, making her a favourite of festivals around the world – she’s read, performed & taught in festivals across Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, and South Africa.
Recognized for her environmental awareness and activism, she was headliner at the 2014 Emerald Awards, and in 2013, she read with David Suzuki. Her tenth collection of poetry, Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award & CanLit. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005), won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.
Sheri-D Wilson was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2019. In 2018, Wilson was appointed the distinction of Poet Laureate of Calgary, and in 2017, she received her Doctorate of Letters – Honoris Causa from Kwantlen University. Of the beat tradition, in 1989 Sheri-D studied at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, Colorado.
Poet Laureate of Calgary 2018 – 2020
Wilson’s content treks across diverse plains — lost lovers, animal rights, poet bill bissett — and her experimental form differentiates this book from many released this spring. Not only does language undergo a makeover — verbatim becomes “ver-beat-him” — but the structure is shaken up, with stanzas diced and parsed and entire sections capitalized to emphasize a found memory. … Re:Zoom’s best pieces [shine] with such poetic light that it’s hard not to listen to wilson’s unique voice.
~David Silverberg, Quill and Quire
sheri-d wilson’s reputation as a wisecracking woman’s wisdom-peddling performance poet remains intact with her latest collection of poetry, Re:Zoom, in which she charts her familiar territory of near misses in love, sticking-out-her-tongue rants at authority, sardonic description of bad ex-boyfriends, and effusive praise songs for the spiritual and the feminine.
~Sonnet L’Abbe, The Globe and Mail
Calgary’s sheri-d wilson creates poetry definitely for adult sensibilities and has carved a niche for herself as one of Canada’s most consistently daring, progressive and experimental poets. Constantly striving to challenge the whole art of verse construction, Re:Zoom is a self avowed departure volume which deconstructs the lives, loves and roles of women in modern Canuck society.
~Gilbert A. Bouchard, Edmonton Journal
Re:Zoom (resume, re-zoom, etc) is vintage Sheri-D Wilson…. Sheri-D manages to skewer or lance most of [her] targets with the poniard point of her acid pen.
~Richard Stevenson, The Danforth Review
sheri-d wilson’s literary voice shows us that the best poetry is even closer to dance than to music – the physicality of words in motion. The poetry of Re:Zoom explores the marriage of body, emotion, ideas, language, and the sheer beauty of sass.
sheri-d wilson is one of the finest poets in Canada, if not the world, including Vancouver. She can take an old tired adage, and make it jump down your throat into your heart and then further down into your very soul, the darkness where sexuality pulls at you and prods you to react to what she is saying. Re:Zoom will make you reconsider many things, perhaps beginning with what poetry is and what it can do to enrich your life. As she writes in a piece called “Re:finery of Bella Donna”…come shake my chandelier!