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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Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Listen: Nancy Shaw reads her poems
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).
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Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
“The result is not simple”: Two Poems from Inspecting Nostalgia
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
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
An excerpt from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands” by Stephen Collis
By Stephen Collis
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.
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Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
“REDress”: A poem by Jónína Kirton, from An Honest Woman
By Jónína Kirton
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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