DOWNVERSEFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889228542 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 128 pages | Pub. Date: 2013
8.5 W × 6 H × .25 D inches
Poetry | Backlist | Bisac: POE011000
ISBN 13: 9780889228542 | Rights: WORLD

In this quick-witted collection of poems, Nikki Reimer mines the language of new media – hashtags, YouTube comments, Twitter updates – to defamiliarize the very substance of modern life: the constellation of media-enforced ideals that barrage our newsfeeds, daily commutes to #work, and (mostly online) excursions to the (Apple) store. #nuffsaid
DOWNVERSE soothes the oversaturated reader. A natural translator, Reimer writes for anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the phrase “never read the comments.” Reimer has read all of the comments; paying close attention to musicality and her own poetic process, she guides found text into whiplike stanzas with original typos intact.
Conscious of its birthplace, DOWNVERSE crafts both an ode to and an elegy for Vancouver’s middle-class, Gen-Y, millennial angst, and even Vancouver itself – not the physical place, but rather the idea of #Vancouver, presented through images plastered over billboards and stamped into Special Edition footwear. In its shifty way, Reimer’s text alternates between the voices of Vancouver’s youth- and consumer-driven populace, asking the question, “What happens when The Market is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

“The poems in DOWNVERSE are centered in rage, boredom, grief, confusion and despair. Reimer displays a mistrust in the poem, while concurrently stretching the scope of what just might be possible.”
– The Small Press Book Review

By Nikki Reimer

Nikki Reimer is a carbon-based life form residing on the Traditional Territories of the Treaty 7 people of Southern Alberta (Calgary). Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction, and criticism, organizes in community, yells on the internet, and makes digital art. Her books of poetry include My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan and DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks), as well as [sic] (Frontenac House), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

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