For Display Purposes Only

At the end of the month, Toronto poet David Seymour will be bringing his dazzling latest collection, For Display Purposes Only, to Montreal for the Atwater Poetry Project. Thursday, January 30, is your chance to see Seymour read from his book that the Globe and Mail calls ‘equal parts moving and clever, often within the same poem,’ and Cult MTL says ‘doubles as brain candy for linguists and cultural theorists alike.’

Come out to hear poems regarding eyewitness accounts of crimes, clones and cab rides! Seymour reads at the Tree Reading Series alongside the Governor General’s Award-nominated and Trillium-shortlisted poet Sandy Pool (Undark) at The Atwater Library (1200 Atwater Avenue). Pool is currently holder of the prestigious Killam scholarship in poetics at the University of Calgary.

For your viewing enjoyment, Seymour (who works in the film industry) also made two trailers for the book with filmmaker Jeremy Munce — two mini-films featuring all-star casts of Canadian writers:

The Atwater Poetry Project
featuring David Seymour and Sandy Pool
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Avenue
Montreal, QC
7 p.m.

About For Display Purposes Only:

These poems pause for the spectacle: cloning technologies, super-slo-mo photography, narcotic cab rides. Making fun of consciousness, they describe a system of tripwires, pitfalls and decoys that this notion of daily viewership entails. These poems are paeans to our facility for duplicity and self-deception, where the act of living becomes more and more like watching a film in which we play no role. 
‘For Display Purposes Only is fighting trim, and poem after poem is a knockout blow.’ – National Post

‘Whip-pan-smart, fleet and protean, David Seymour’s poems seem to contain the speed of the age. I love their ranginess and ambition, the way they rove through a here-and-now teeming with there-and-then, their speakers’ flights and turnings through the blizzard. This is a different world, and we live in it.’ – Paul Farley

For more information about For Display Purposes Only or to request an advance review copy, please contact Evan Munday at416.979.2217 or