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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books
A pioneer of sound, visual and performance poetry—eschewing the artificial hierarchies of meaning and the privileging of things (“proper” nouns) over actions imposed on language by capital letters; the metric limitations imposed on the possibilities of expression by punctuation; and the illusion of formal transparency imposed on the written word by standard (rather than phonetic) spelling—bissett composes his poems as scripts for pure performance.
His primal rejection of all the limiting conventions of written language has allowed him to both maintain and foreground the appearance of any linguistic event as a living performance rather than backgrounding it(s breath [spirit]) as a “dead letter” in all of his work.
Here, bissett reminds us (based on the latest neurological research) that:
langwage centrs ar all ovr th brain
northern wild roses dansing can stall deth postal parts uv speech arts uv each sylabul a liter sentens thn thot wud happn
ISBN 13: 9780889225329 | ISBN 10: 088922532X
6 W x 9 H inches | 160 pages
$17.95 CAN / $15.95 US
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
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“[bissett’s] poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.”
— National Post
About the Contributorsbill bissett
bill bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing, the verve of which is only matched by his prolific writing career—over seventy books of bissett’s poetry have been published. whether paying tribute to his hometown lunaria or exercising his native tongue dissent, bissett continues to dance upon the cutting edge of poetics and performance works.
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