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Saturday March 27, 2010 in Books


By Jeff Derksen

This long poem blends and bends the lyric, procedural poetry, the travelogue and extended forms. Dwell lives in, or dwells on, the interaction of a restless subjectivity with the seemingly transparent, yet identifiable, social codes that encase us.

ISBN 13: 9780889223288 | ISBN 10: 889223289
4.75 W x 7.75 H inches | 108 pages
$15.95 CAN / $15.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000


"[A] canny text, astute and sharp. This a brilliant mind at work, dwelling in, dwelling on."
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“As Jeff Derksen approaches family and personal life, at home and abroad, his work comes down to earth, becomes more serious, more analytical, optimistic, precise, and fragile. The word tour economic; a life’s work, critique, focus, attending to, listening a living, an expression of insolitude among domestic monuments and affairs of state.” – Melanie Neilson

"Dwell provides just the right kind of fin de siècle topo map required to reconnoiter our present bearings. Derksen’s accurate delineation of narrative edge coloured by layers of diction’s own superfluousness is a rare and honest measure of a world that’s signed out. In language that’s resolute in its probe for meaningful coordinates, these poems ‘fulfill’ their own codes, absorb ‘all (our) private space.’ We’ll never get home without them.” – Fred Wah

Dwell is a compassionate and humane book, the product (nice package) of a personality engaged in analysis of meaning-making. And I feel I’ve been reading the presence of a life in its pages … a breathing friction. It’s like listening to music in its privileging of experience over knowledge.” – Prairie Fire

“Dwell … offer[s] an unsimplified and penetrating look at our time and place, where meaning and significance alter and blend. Derksen invites his readers to take part in this process.” – Vox


Alberta Writer’s Guild Award Nominee, 1994

About the Contributors

Jeff Derksen

Jeff Derksen’s poetry and critical writing on art, urbanism and text have been published in Europe and North America. He collaborates on visual art and research projects (focusing on urban issues) with the research collective Urban Subjects. Derksen’s Down Time won the 1991 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award at the BC Book Prizes.

The Vestiges cover
The Vestiges

Jeff Derksen

Annihilated Time

Jeff Derksen

Transnational Muscle Cars

Jeff Derksen

Dwell cover image

Jeff Derksen

Down Time
Down Time

Jeff Derksen

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