Posted: Monday March 6, 2017
Our first poetry collection of Spring 2017 is now available!
Same Diff ($16.95) 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. 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.
About Same Diff, Jordan Scott has written,
What a necessity it is for me (and most certainly for you) to unfurl into such work, to experience how the most minimal gestures within language can bring such soul-gasps of rage, love, and revulsion. I want to ask: How can I live without everything this book contains? I want to thank Donato for even knowing how to ask.
And Jaleh Mansoor has written,
Mancini re/sets [mostly found] language into orbit, mobilizing it in a way that captures back, gleans, and telegraphs the moving urgency and searching reach of longing that was once the particular capacity of lyric poetry. This feat is done deftly, stepping lightly and swiftly over a contemporary linguistic landscape of rubble, in which the sign is all but evacuated of meaning. Mancini’s constellation of language feels almost like a kind of improbable but healing reversal in the order of words and things, a way to tear meaning back from the maws of the desert-market of banality.
Order your copy today! If you’re in California, Mancini will be going on tour near you in late March. If you’re in Vancouver, BC, come out to the Talonbooks Spring Poetry Launch in late April to hear Mancini read from Same Diff.
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Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Buy a Quebec Book Day! August 12
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!
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Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.
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Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
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