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Posted: Monday January 20, 2014
Nikki Reimer

Nikki Reimer’s first book of poetry, [sic] (Frontenac House, 2010), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has published three chapbooks: that stays news (Nomados Press, 2011), haute action material (Heavy Industries, 2011), and fist things first (Wrinkle Press, 2009). Her poetry, artwork, and criticism have appeared in various places, online and off. Reimer has lived in Calgary, and Vancouver, and Calgary again, where she is currently director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society.

photo: Dan MacDonald / Purple House Photography

LATEST Nikki Reimer NEWS

August 2017 : Talon poets in Contemporary Verse 2: Convergence

April 2016 : Tomorrow: Authors for Indies Day across Canada!

July 2015 : “Collective Grievances” – Reimer and fitzpatrick in Canadian Literature

April 2015 : Horses Records’s Talonbooks

January 2015 : Our Best of 2014, According to the Year-End Lists

November 2014 : Two New Poetry Reviews: From the Poplars & DOWNVERSE

June 2014 : Video: Talon’s Spring 2014 Poetry Launch in Vancouver

May 2014 : Meta-Talon: Launched and Loving It

April 2014 : Tonight! Spring Poetry Launch in Vancouver

April 2014 : Tonight! Spring Poetry Launch in Calgary

April 2014 : Hot Off the Presses! Thrum, God and the Indian, DOWNVERSE, and From the Poplars

April 2014 : It’s Poetry Month!

January 2014 : Browse Our Spring 2014 Catalogue!



“Reimer’s basic technique in DOWNVERSE is to crash differing registers of discourse against one another to explore how they function as, on some level, the same register, a short-circuiting that often has comedic effects. … Reimer captures, collages, and excavates language with an ear for its sometimes hidden, sometimes painfully obvious, political dimensions. DOWNVERSE elegantly and often comically questions what poetry might have to do with the language that makes up our world – or might have to do now, since this language has sped past our poetry.”
—Jonathan Ball, 95Books.com

“Humorous and sharply critical. Reimer immerses her writing within the conditions of millennials – a generation of supposedly disappointed and disenfranchised persons faced with social, economic, and political uncertainty. Employing tactics of erasure, collage, and unconventional typography, DOWNVERSE intervenes into and reconfigures the linguistic materials of new media to work through these issues in a way that is reflective of the disjunctive information age, but also critical of the conditions that come with it. …  Both a lament and an expression of frustration, DOWNVERSE perfectly captures the cynicism of a generation, but also represents a desire to find a pathway out of these mired conditions. ”
Canadian Literature

“If Downverse succeeds where other works in a similar mien do not, it is because Reimer articulates a counter-grammar to its own cliché-laden registers. What Reimer ultimately delivers is a poetics of conjunction itself, a poetics in which even disjunction is a form of joining. Downverse is the reliquary appropriate to this alchemy of joining, and the multifarious, obstinate objects you will find within it become ever more fascinating as you turn them over in your hands.”
Ethos Review

“Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE registers the commotion of noise when it’s pronounced choice in the heated work of poetic composition. Right there, at the edge of the word, the phrase, the pronoun, the vortex of the sudden twists in the urgency of procedure. Her poetry has more to do with being there than getting there; each moment in the language opts for the next now. The advantage of total assault in this performance is understanding by immersion. Placed, justifiably, in the pantheon of recent city poems, the section ‘vancouverlament’ opens with ‘haute action material,’ a title that also accurately underscores this collection of writing as hot!”
—Fred Wah

“The poems in DOWNVERSE are centered in rage, boredom, grief, confusion and despair. Reimer displays a mistrust in the poem, while concurrently stretching the scope of what just might be possible.”
The Small Press Book Review

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