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Ted Landrum -- Book Launch

Friday Apr 28 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

Launch of Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems (Signature Editions) with guest poet Méira Cook.

This collection is a provocative foray into experimental poetry. It explores the fertile gaps and overlaps between the architecture of poetry and the poetry of architecture.

Ted Landrum is a poet, critic, teacher, and artist, with extensive architectural and teaching experience in the U.S. and Canada. He began writing “archi-poetry” in 1989, while studying architecture at Ball State University in Indiana. He then sustained the poetry habit while working in architecture in New York City, influenced by the jazz, theatre, and tumult of that great metropolis. Having lived in nearly a dozen cities, spiraling from Chicago to Montreal, Ottawa to Vermont, Ted now lives in Winnipeg, where he teaches architecture at the University of Manitoba, and continues to juggle artistic, professional and intellectual pursuits. Between distractions, he is building an archive of archi-poetic research.

Méira Cook's most recent volume of poetry is Monologue Dogs, and her most recent novel is Nightwatching. Her latest novel, Once More With Feeling, will be published in Fall 2017.


Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems

- Trade paperback

by Ted Landrum - $17.95 - Add to Cart

Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems is a provocative foray into experimental poetry. This work of serious play explores the fertile gaps and overlaps between the architecture of poetry and poetry of architecture. Harmonizing with and against a global carnival of poetic wisdom, the layered voice of the poems does not belong to a single author, genre or discipline, but resonates in the percussive polylogue of a moving chorus, furiously sounding the limits of our curiously made-up world: “Channelling through edgy filters, Ted Landrum, the ringmaster of Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems, parades wisecrackers—from Homer to Hejinian; Aristotle to Silliman; Bök to Berrigan—into an ostranenied, multi-tiered show tent. Landrum’s inventive and recombinant whipcracks make language and meaning torque and tumble, twitch and shout, into a phantasmagoric performance that challenges and delights.” — Steven Ross Smith, author of Emanations: Fluttertongue 6 “Ted Landrum’s debut book, Midway Radicals & Archi-Poems, is a delightful impertinence. Landrum takes sly care with serious philosophical matters & his eclectic humour ‘burbles’ up early & often. I could happily live in the architecture these poems dream.” — Colin Smith, author of Multiple Bippies and 8x8x7 “Like brickworks of a thousand shades, the quirky walls and openings of these poems invite readers in and demand a visceral response. Read them aloud to oneself and others, in rooms small and large, or in the open air. Savour the sounds, the semantic traction, and strange juxtapositions of metaphor. Not easy, but strangely affecting, these poems tantalize and amuse.” - Simon Unwin, architect; author of Analysing Architecture and Doorway