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Wednesday January 11, 2017 in Books
Same Diff by Donato Mancini meets at the intersection of contemporary poetry, art, and current politics. Influenced by documentary cinema such as the films of Frederic Wiseman, Dada poets, montage techniques, and a range of modern poets, Same Diff explores the way social and economic histories become imprinted within language itself.
The political and poetic melancholy of our moment is revealed in a long poem on climate change, particularly the disappearance of snow, while the real-life effects of fiscal austerity and poverty are voiced in fragments conveying social neuroses that stem from amplified, unfair competition for basic necessities.
Each poem introduces a dominant motif that develops through repetition and incremental variations, sourcing language from newspapers, online sources, and overheard conversations to create an emotive effect, as felt in music.
ISBN 13: 9781772011364 | ISBN 10: N/A
6.5 W x 8 H inches | 112 pages
$16.95 CAN / $16.95 US
Poetry | Frontlist
QUOTES OF NOTE
Praise for Mancini’s previous book, Loitersack:
“Loitersack is like jumping into a pond of poetic intrigue … The book is simultaneously a theatrical play, a grocery list, a deconstruction of laughter (you have to read it to understand), and uniquely poetic.”
—Contemporary Verse 2
“Donato Mancini’s Loitersack uses poetry to forge poetic theory, offering the loitersack (16th-century slang for slackers) as a paradoxical paragon. Since ‘loitering can be thought of as producing motivated blockages in urban flows,’ it is potentially an anti-capitalist activity.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
About the ContributorsDonato Mancini
Donato Mancini makes visual and procedural poetry, bookworks, and visual art. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of British Columbia.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.