Daniel Scott Tysdal follows up his first award-winning collection of poetry with The Mourner’s Book of Albums, (Tightrope Books, 2010) an emotionally striking and formally ambitious exploration of the elegiac tradition and the 21st-century attitude to remembrance and grief. Encountering a wide range of arresting events — from a best friend’s suicide to the war in Afghanistan, from improvised memorials to the plastinated corpses of Body Worlds — these innovative poems survey the forces and forms that shape what and how we mourn.
Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006), which received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). His work has appeared in a number of Canadian literary journals and has earned him both an honourable mention at the 2003 National Magazine Awards and a place in the finals of the CBC’s 2005 National Poetry Face-Off. He teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.