Steve McOrmond

Poet

Author of The Good News about Armageddon, Primer on the Hereafter and Lean Days.

When someone now asks me what my favourite book of poetry is I am going to have to say The Good News About Armageddon.... This is a must read for everyone, not just poetry fans.... The Good News About Armageddon is definitely one of the top books of 2010.
— Aaron Brown, The Canadian Book Review

“As the title implies, these are poems that tackle contemporary crises, but with a sort of matter-of-factness that is quite powerful and, impressively, never trite. The collection is topical and yet not solipsistic or a warning or offering answers. Cynical, though not without comedy....Its finer moments are nothing less than potent: the language and how it is delivered, the imagery, the humour as a vessel to best carry substance.” 

– Chad Pelley, Salty Ink

“Reassuringly, the vulgar, witty snark of tweets and Facebook status updates is underlined by a real melancholy, a real search on McOrmond's part for what, exactly, we're all meant to do now.” 

– Ariel Gordon, Winnipeg Free Press

“We’ve been talking about end times for so long -- probably since the beginning of time -- it’s lost its point. PEI native and Toronto-based poet Steve McOrmond’s titular work re-sharpens it.” 

– Sean Flinn, The Coast

“End times call for good poetry. And here's some now: Steve McOrmond's third collection, The Good News About Armageddon, arrives as an antidote to the hyperbole and hysteria that characterize the early-21st Century.” 

– Sean Flinn, The Telegraph-Journal

“[McOrmond] sees the predicaments we have placed ourselves in. He acknowledges and respects the challenges of life in the face of an indistinct Armageddon. He explores our weaknesses and strengths with wit and, ultimately, wisdom. The Good News About Armageddon is a substantive and nuanced collection by a skilled poet.” 

– Lorne Daniel, Northern Poetry Review

“McOrmond’s book works like this generation’s Howl, which needed to be written through humour, because that’s the only way we communicate now. When the apocalypse comes, it will be a trending topic on Twitter and everyone will have their jokes ready.”

– Daniel Zomparelli, Poetry Is Dead Magazine

“The title-piece is a compelling poetic sequence taking up around a third of the present volume, a set of terse yet loose-limbed assemblages of mordant reflections, lyrical fragments, quips, quotations and found texts held in place by a repeated form comprising 4-8 unrhymed couplets and a recognisably likeable narrative-voice, as ruefully self-facetious as Berryman and as playfully tangent-prone as Ashbery, not so much world-weary as world-exhausted.”

– Oliver Dixon, Eyewear


Primer on the Hereafter contains more than a few remarkable poems that strike a macabre or visceral note with an electrifying truth, and so here I would say is a poet to watch.
— Gillian Harding-Russell, Prairie Fire

“In this new collection, McOrmond takes stock with many of the traditional great literary themes: history, nature, mortality, temporality, and individual vs. collective identity. His sweep is great, his ambition on display aplenty.”

– Jason Rotstein, Vallum

 


This is strong work by a clearly dedicated poet, and a first collection from a voice to watch.
— Alex Boyd, Arc

"…there's both small-town genuineness and urban polish in his work…"

– Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star

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