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    ISBN: 9781772010183 | Paperback

    128 pages | Pub. Date: 20161003
    5.5 W × 8.5 H × .315 D inches
    Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE011000
    Rights: WORLD

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Act I of LaFrance’s first book, Species Branding, ends with the line: “crippled on my last leg. where are our friends?” It is a question that led to Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks 2016), where LaFrance takes aim at friendship as such.

The Tarnak Farm Incident, where four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were killed by American Air Force pilot Harry Schmidt, is used as source material to navigate and build a discourse of friendship in the 21st century. From this case study, Friendly + Fire interrogates the male subjective experience of war and the gendered implications of camaraderie or “brotherhood” by employing a character named H.S. (his? Harry Schmidt?) on the cheap as a filter for engaging with and through real-life stories of friendly fire.

Friendly + Fire commingles receiving a “pink slip” from an employer with forced affect in the workplace. Work, of course, is another social site where friends are made and ultimately collapse outside the parameters of wage labour. Here is where friends can become comrades.

In Friendly + Fire the mental and physical conditions endured by fighter pilots (suppressed appetite, prescribed sedatives and amphetamines to regulate sleep and stress tolerance) parallel the semiotic and parasitic flows of online friends. The inaccuracy of a war target, of friendly fire, hovers and takes aim at the frivolities of gossip quasi far away from any war zone: “MILITARY LINGO SUBLIMATES SMACK TALK FROM HERE ON IN.”

“An appropriately intelligent book that does not hold back for any person or anything. It rouses, coughs and spits in protest, defies and enlightens all the same. … In its grimmest moment, Friendly + Fire reminds me of who we are and who we have the potential to be.”
—Queen Mob’s Tea House

"Friendly + Fire is a capella pornography, a multi-vocal argument concerning the collateral damages attendant upon military aggression, where the exceptional conditions definitive of combat suffuse an everyday civic.”
—League of Canadian Poets blog

By Danielle LaFrance

Danielle LaFrance is a poet, librarian, and independent scholar who lives, rents, and works on the stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ peoples. Following the would-be poetics mapped in JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks 2019), LaFrance arrives at reading and writing from a position knowing illusions are illusions and can be destroyed.

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