Sadie Dupuis and Michael DeForge

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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In conversation with Sean Cannon

Lyrical poems that engage with grief and loss and the toll of overdose and addiction with an activist bent.

The title of Cry Perfume is an imperative to bottle sorrow in a beautiful vessel and shed the chemicals that cloud your sight. Written over a four-year period on tour and after losing loved ones and peers to overdose, Dupuis funneled complicated grief into harm reduction advocacy, working to fundraise for and distribute overdose prevention resources in venues internationally.

The slick performativity of pop, punk humor, electronic glitch and sampling, and the surprising leaps of improvisation influence these poems, but beyond music, these poems are informed by Dupuis’s larger concerns about justice and organizing. Cry Perfume is a hopeful but realistic inventory of the virtues and evils that emerge when arts and tech collide. Those dualities are cloaked in the same sparkling fragrance, and there are twinned pleasures and regrets in parting the smokescreen.

Sadie Dupuis is the guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the rock band Speedy Ortiz, as well as the producer and multi-instrumentalist behind pop project Sad13. She heads the record label Wax Nine, edits its poetry journal, and is the author of Mouthguard. She lives in Philadelphia.

 

Take flight to this postapocalyptic utopia filled with birds.

Birds roam freely around the Moon complete with fruitful trees, sophisticated fungal networks, and an enviable socialist order. The universal worm feeds all, there are no weekends, and economics is as fantastical a study as unicorn psychology. No concept of money or wealth plagues the thoughts of these free-minded birds. Instead, there are angsty teens who form bands to show off their best bird song and other youngsters who yearn to become clothing designers even though clothes are only necessary during war. (The truly honourable professions for most birds are historian and/or librarian.) These birds are free to crush on hot pelicans and live their best lives until a crash-landed human from Earth threatens to change everything.

Michael DeForge’s post-apocalyptic reality brings together the author’s quintessential deadpan humour, surrealist imagination, and undeniable socio-political insight. Appearing originally as a webcomic, Birds of Maine follows DeForge’s prolific trajectory of astounding graphic novels that reimagine and question the world as we know it. His latest comic captures the optimistic glow of utopian imagination with a late-capitalism sting of irony.

 

Michael DeForge is a cartoonist, an illustrator, and a community organizer who lives Toronto, Ontario.

 

Sean Cannon is a Peabody-winning producer, journalist, and cat rap pioneer. Hailed as “ahead of his time” while hosting the syndicated radio show The Guestlist, he's also hosted and produced Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes, the Elliott Smith anthology Say Yes, and These Miracles Work: A Hold Steady Podcast. Sean won a Peabody Award for his role as Creative Director on The Pope’s Long Con. His projects have been covered by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, CNN, Esquire, People, and Vulture, among others.

Cry Perfume By Sadie Dupuis Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939568625
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Published: Black Ocean - October 4th, 2022

Lyrical poems that engage with grief and loss and the toll of overdose and addiction with an activist bent.The title of Cry Perfume is an imperative to bottle sorrow in a beautiful vessel and shed the chemicals that cloud your sight.


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Birds of Maine By Michael DeForge Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770465664
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 2nd, 2022

Take flight to this post-apocalyptic utopia filled with birds.


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A dazzling double bill of poetry and graphic novel, from the dystopian to the apocalyptic and all points between.