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    ISBN: 9781772012347 | Paperback

    160 pages | Pub. Date: 20190920
    9 W × 6 H × .75 D inches
    Backlist | Poetry | Bisac: POE024000
    Rights: WORLD

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In JUST LIKE I LIKE IT, Danielle LaFrance combines poetry and autotheory as a means of targeting ideological infatuation, spilling into an obsession with ideological abolishment. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT searches for ways to kill and abolish “it,” seeking means to get it done right, even when attempted slowly and stupidly, even if the only way out is death. LaFrance draws on stupidity, sadomasochism, pretend power, parasitism, and violent revolutionary desubjectification to shape a felt experience, not so much asking as inhabiting a series of questions, including: “What are the implications of abolishing the self as it is racialized, gendered, and classed?” and “Can a theoretical framework hold every contradiction in tandem when every contradiction is substantial and felt?” Each page of JUST LIKE I LIKE IT pokes “it” awake all over again, culminating in a number of accomplished failures, including “It Makes Me Iliad,” a reworking of Homer’s Iliad. Poetry, it seems, is the best weapon for wiping it out with fewer casualties – which is why it is never enough.

"Generative rather than conclusive, generous rather than aloof."
The Capilano Review

"emotional rawness and vulnerability ... and a swagger that refuses to slow or tone down"
—rob mclennan

"In JUST LIKE I LIKE IT, Danielle LaFrance’s newest book of poetry, the subjective and embodied experience are weaved with a theoretical edge that transgresses convention and boundary. When I read Danielle’s work, I feel like I’m being digested by the text — the poetry is acidic and creates a somatic spasm while also assisting the reader to metabolize and clarify contemporary philosophy. Her writing faces political abstraction, affective life and the impossibility of writing in the political present asking 'where did I come from and why must I continue to knock.'”
—Katie Ebbitt

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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news | 2020-03-30
Danielle LaFrance reads from Just Like I Like It

…In JUST LIKE I LIKE IT , Danielle LaFrance combines poetry and … into an obsession with ideological abolishment. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT searches for ways to kill and abolish “it,” … MAKES ME ILIAD,” the first section of JUST LIKE I LIKE IT, below – and keep scrolling to see the text of … the poems, as well! Pick up your copy of JUST LIKE I LIKE IT today! I. JUST LIKE I LIKE CALLING AN ASSEMBLY …


news | 2019-10-15
Eight Track Is in the Building!

…reading from Eight Track with Danielle LaFrance ( JUST LIKE I LIKE IT ) and Nikki Reimer ( My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan …


news | 2019-09-20
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