ABOUT THE AUTHORJay Ritchie was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and lives in Montreal, Quebec. Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie is his first full-length collection.
BLURBS‘With their clever – but never glib – concision of image, and emotional directedness, these poems actually make me feel something, and that is something I really enjoy.’
– Rebecca Wolff, author of One Morning—
‘Ritchie throws black holes on the wall, disappears through them. His poems are like dreams dreamed mid-movement, just before something happens, as if light, buildings, breath, parakeets, hope, haircuts, Montreal, and art-making are all fragments of the same epiphany.’
– Sean Michaels, Giller Prize-winning author of Us Conductors
‘Charming, funny, and often elegant. This is a formidable collection.’
– Ben Fama, author of Fantasy