Press Release: Purple Haze

Jun 18, 2014 – Libros Libertad


18 June 2014

Libros Libertad announced, today, the publication of Purple Haze, a collection of poetry by Candice James.

Purple Haze purports to describe "nondescript days" but that's just a poetic haze that subtly brings the reader to this poetry's real clarity, which is its ability to pose questions. These poems situate the "I/You" of the lyric's spoken voice in a passionate, sometimes erotic, interrogation of imagination and feeling that is looking for answers. The echo is palpable while Candice James sings "'Scuze me" while I write these poems.

– Fred Wah, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013 and Officer of The Order of Canada

Candice James is the Poet Laureate for The City of New Westminster. Her first book of poetry, A Split in the Water was published in 1979 by Fiddlehead Poetry Books. It was a collection of surrealistic free verse poems characterized by vivid imagery. The late Fred Cogswell, a poet and recipient of the Order of Canada Medal was her mentor and encouraged her to continue writing poetry stating "she had the gift". However, music called to Candice and she spent the next 30 years as a singer/songwriter and bass player performing and touring. In 2010 she hung up her bass guitar and the band and dove back into poetry and became a familiar figure on the local literary scene. Her second book of poetry Inner Heart - A Journey was published in 2010 by Silver Bow Publishing. Her poems have appeared in numerous international anthologies, magazines, newspapers and e-zines. Candice is a founding member of Royal City Literary Arts Society; a full member of the League of Canadian Poets; and Past President of The Federation of British Columbia Writers. She has been the featured poet at many local poetry events and on local radio shows and is the creator of "Poetic Justice" and "Poetry in the Park".

Purple Haze is Candice James' seventh collection of poetry.

Manolis Aligizakis, President: 604-838-8796

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