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An Evening of Poetry with Oana Avasilichioaei, Danielle LaFrance & Nikki Reimer

Thursday Oct 10 2019 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

Join us as we celebrate the Winnipeg launch of new poetry collections from Talonbooks. Co-presented by Contemporary Verse 2 magazine and hosted by CV2 editor Clarise Foster.

Poet and intermedia artist Oana Avasilichioaei’s Eight Track is a transliterary exploration of traces. Sound recordings, surveillance cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal imprints, and audio signals manifest moments of inspired wonder, systems of power, slippages, debris. In “the great era of seeing” when the boundary between tracking agent and monitored subject is worn thin by politics and commerce, Eight Track assembles a set of discordant melodies, polyphonic voices, transcriptions, theatres, and images in a struggle to hold on to agency and awe.

In Just Like I Like It, Danielle LaFrance combines poetry and autotheory as a means to target ideological infatuation, spilling into an obsession with ideological abolishment. Just Like I Like It searches for ways to kill and abolish “it,” searching for ways to get it done right, even when attempted slowly and stupidly.

Even if the only way out is death. Nikki Reimer’s My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan is a darkly humorous book about grief and isolation. Cutting yet tender, sorrowful yet angry, these poems touch on death and loss, architecture, alcohol, horse statues, and catalogues of life. Addicted to social media and simultaneously well-versed in feminist theory, My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan “subvert[s] the literary industrial complex,” but it also crashes in like the Kool-Aid meme with all-caps non sequiturs and “overdrawn affluenza.”

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Eight Track

- by Oana Avasilichioaei

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Poet and intermedia artist Oana Avasilichioaei's Eight Track is a transliterary exploration of traces. Sound recordings, surveillance cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal imprints, and audio signals manifest moments of inspired wonder, systems of power, slippages, debris. In "the great era of seeing" when the boundary between tracking agent and monitored subject is worn thin by politics and commerce, Eight Track assembles a set of discordant melodies, polyphonic voices, transcriptions, theatres, and images in a struggle to hold on to agency and awe. Stirring from languages of oppression to languages of resistance, Eight Track echolocates the nameless, the noisy, the scattered, and the voiceless. This is ultimately a book of relations--of each of us to each other, to other life forms, to environments, to cultures, to the obsolete and the absolute, to the animal vitality we share.

Just Like I Like it

- by Danielle Lafrance

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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.

My Heart is a Rose Manhattan

- by Nikki Reimer

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My Heart is a Rose Manhattan is a darkly humorous book about grief and isolation. The poems are cutting yet tender; sorrowful yet filled with righteous anger, absurdist at times but still recognizable, reassuring us that "it's ok to grieve forever." There is death and loss, architecture, alcohol, horse statues, and catalogues of life away from the urban centres of Canada. This book wants to "subvert the literary industrial complex," but also crash in like theKool-Aid meme with all-caps non sequiturs and "overdrawn affluenza." These poems are addicted to social media and simultaneously well versed in feminist theory. Some of the poems rail against the abuses of rape culture, asking: What is excusable? Who is implicated? Who is believed?