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Tuesday January 19, 2016 in Books
New poems from Canada’s shaman of sound and performance poetry, bill bissett.
bissett’s innovations in sound poetry shaped poetry, music, painting, and publishing and have stimulated, provoked, influenced, shocked, and delighted audiences for half a century.
In this new collection of concrete poems, bissett writes “poemes uv greef transisyun n sumtimes joy byond binaree constraints if evreething goez what is aneething accepting nihilism lettr texting as an approach 2 heeling sorrow denial.”
ISBN 13: 9780889229808 | ISBN 10: 0889229805
6 W x 9 H inches | 176 pages
$19.95 CAN / $19.95 US
Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
QUOTES OF NOTE
“bill bissett, still relevant to younger audiences, balances multiple platforms, different genres, different ways of being, corporal, ephemeral, healthy, unhealthy, solvent and stuck, of sound and unsound mind. th book is a catalogue of prescriptions for getting through the pain, and this time more than before he doesn’t flinch at the details. … the art of reading bill is quite simple and very rewarding. He paints with words and music, orchestrating the apparent randomness of creation with an ironic intelligence that leaps just as high off the page as it does on stage. … We are lines that intersect and interact. In [bissett’s] perfect world, there are no degrees of separation as we move in and out, interact, love and accept one another.”
—Pacific Rim Review of Books
From textual vishyuns: image and text in the work of bill bissett:
“bissett breaks down form in order to see in a particular way; the results are discontinuous and always inclusive; he sees what there is to see, and he is continuously and endlessly xpressing that textual vishyun.”
– Carl Peters
Praise for ths is erth thees ar peopul:
“His poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.”
– National Post
Praise for hungree throat:
“An interesting and intriguing reading/viewing of the struggles of coming to terms with, and visualizing, a tumultuous world and ‘how we feel abt unsirtintee.’ ”
– Canadian Literature
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.
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.