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Friday June 16, 2017 in Books

Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

By Mercedes Eng

Combining text from government questionnaires, reports, and corporate websites, lyric poetry, and photography, Prison Industrial Complex Explodes examines the possibility of a privatized prison system in Canada leading up to Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative government passing the Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as Bill C-51. This legislation criminalizes Indigenous peoples’ attempts to protect their traditional and unceded territories from ecological destruction by classifying their actions as acts of terrorism, and it criminalizes refugees who, as victims of colonization and globalization, attempt to flee genocide and poverty yet are targeted as suspected terrorists. Simultaneously, the incarceration of Indigenous people, refugees, and people of colour is rapidly increasing as corporations eagerly court the government for private-public partnerships to fund the building of new prisons and detention centres.

The impetus for Prison Industrial Complex Explodes was the discovery of a cache of Eng’s father’s prison correspondence: letters from the federal government stating their intention to deport him because of his criminal record; letters from prison justice advocate Michael Jackson advising her father on deportation; letters from the RCMP regarding the theft of her father’s property, a gold necklace, while in transport to prison; letters from family members and friends; letters from Eng and her brother. The cold formality of the government letters in accidental juxtaposition with the emotion of the personal letters struck a creative spark that led to the writing of this long poem.

ISBN 13: 9781772011814 | ISBN 10:
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 96 pages
$17.95 CAN / $17.95 US
Rights: World
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QUOTES OF NOTE

Praise for earlier work:
“I situate Mercenary English in a diverse line of revolutionary poetics – including those of writers like M. NourbeSe Philip, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Kamau Brathwaite, Cecilia Vicuña, Heriberto Yépez, and Laura Elrick, to name just a few … this weaponized English is a vulnerable and tender form of revolutionary poetics [that] erupt with insurrection … redoubling this call with the courage to affirm: ‘my voice / it’s mine to find / when it comes / my call will make you deaf’.”
—Natalie Knight in The Capilano Review

About the Contributors

Mercedes Eng

Mercedes Eng is a teacher and writer in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish territory.


Prison Industrial Complex Explodes

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