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Monday July 5, 2010 in Books

time

By bill bissett

Release date: September 2010

bill bissett, who recently celebrated his seventieth birthday, remains even in his “biblical years” Canada’s most exciting, innovative pioneer in the field of the written, spoken, performed, illustrated and sculpted word. No one over the past half century comes close to what bissett has accomplished in pushing the boundaries of language beyond what was imagined in the mid-twentieth century as their furthest possible horizon, and what is most astonishing is that he is still the vanguard of that movement in the “language arts” not just in Canada, but around the world today. As a way of introducing new readers to the non-hierarchical orthography, syntax and breath-determined metric and cadence so essential to the construction of meaning in the performance scores of his narrative poetry, Talon asked bissett to tell his readers in his own inimitable and “raging” way what his latest book is “about”:

time is reelee abt how evreething is fleeting n how we deel with that
n how deeplee we undrstand that awareness th jewels shine as our
undrstandings th layrs n openings apertures n iris lens in or not
n how manee narrativs reveel our paradoxikul n continualee shifting
minds n all th dimensyuns byond narrativ as well astoree is what
time is it what time is it 4 ourselvs n our specees n how timeless
th breth uv th galaxee n oftn ourselvs tho agen fleeting lyrik song
chant philosophikal theologikul prsonal propheseez vizual n tanguld
tangos our dances thru ths dimensyun lerning th binaree n wanting
n hoping 2 b unlerning th binaree with th invisibul dansrs in th ancient
n now glistning ball room n th 4tune tellrs shuffuling theyr decks how
we yern 4 n letting go uv our games finding love n th chancs 4
savin th environment n our selvs

—bill bissett


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ISBN 13: 9780889226531 | ISBN 10: 889226539
6 W x 9 H x 1 D inches | 160 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
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About the Contributors

bill 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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