A couple of days ago I wrote about our forthcoming duo of horror, poetry and good medicine: Dead to Rights and Dead Edit Redo.
Here’s a little more to whet your appetite with a blurb for the novella: Dead Edit Redo
“Professor and best-selling poet Alain C. Dexter leaps to his death at Valletta Falls, moments after posting his final Facebook Note, in the shape of a woman’s breasts. Thousands of fans click Like and move on; only one, in a small Icelandic town, sees through the morbid wit and takes measures to save him. Meanwhile, Constable Elsie Kalahash of the Ontario Provincial Police just wants to go on holidays. But when you’re a Cree medicine woman trained in the Backward-Facing Path, there are no days off.”
The cover artwork is by Gavriel Navarro.
The circularity of glosas spins in unexpected ways, catching you unawares, bewildering but enchanting. Gavriel is a perfect example of this. He is a living and breathing person who produced the fantastic artwork you see here. He also wrote a glosa that features in both books… except it wasn’t him so much as a fictional character bearing his name who has a key role to play in the life of Alain C. Dexter — the fictional Alain C. Dexter, not the real one — in the dramatized biography by Elaine Stirling.
Artist, poet, fictional character? Metafiction meets medieval Spanish poetry in modern-day Ontario? It might sound ‘challenging’, but it needn’t be if you don’t want it so. Allow yourself to be swept up and caressed by the circularity of glosas. Before you know it, everything will make perfect paradoxical sense. I know it did for me, which is why I’m proud to be publishing Dead Edit Redo and Dead to Rights.