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Why Poetry Sucks

Fitzpatrick, Ryan

Published by Insomniac Press
ISBN 10: 1554831229 / ISBN 13: 9781554831227
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Title: Why Poetry Sucks

Publisher: Insomniac Press

Binding: Soft cover

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2014. Paperback. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781554831227

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Synopsis: Despite a reputation for dead seriousness, poetry has a long relationship with humour, from Catullus? complaints to Chaucer?s ribald tales to Kenneth Goldsmith?s appearance on The Colbert Report. Focusing on our contemporary moment, Why Poetry Sucks scrutinizes Canada?s poetic avant-gardes for signs of humorous life. Moving deftly between entertainment, attack, and critique, this poetry makes us laugh while making us wonder why we?re laughing at all. The authors in Why Poetry Sucks draw from deep traditions in both poetry and comedy, often challenging the rigid literary and political impasses they encounter. In our current social and cultural game of Blockado (the game of barricades), humour can act as an important sledge, taking a swing at the institutions and ideologies we might wish changed ? all the while acknowledging, with bitter laughter and tongue in cheek, our apparent inability to change them.

About the Author: Jonathan Ball, Ph.D. (English), teaches literature, film, and writing at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009), Clockfire (Coach House, 2010), and The Politics of Knives (Coach House, 2012; winner of a Manitoba Book Award), and the academic monograph John Paizs?s Crime Wave (U of Toronto P, 2014). Visit him online at

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a poet and critic living in Vancouver, where he is working toward his doctorate in contemporary poetics at Simon Fraser University. He is a former editor of filling Station magazine and is currently co-director (with Chris Ewart) of the Hootenanny School of Writing. He is the author of Fake Math (Snare Books, 2007) and 21st Century Monsters (Red Nettle Press, 2012).

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