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By (author): Roger Farr
9781554200641 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Canada Jul 26, 2012
$16.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 0.13 lb 80 pages New Star Books
Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize 2012, Short-listed
Roger Farr's IKMQ consists of sixty-four brief passages — stories, descriptions, instructions, scenarios, formulae — each involving the characters represented by the letters I, K, M and Q. Various clues, suggested by the rules of grammar and syntax, hint at connections and continuities, and at narrative peaking out from behind the screen of action. But never mind the theory — enjoy the ride, as I, K, M and Q convert houses to commercial grow-ops, manufacture explosives, go all in on the flop, get up early to catch chinook, plan, build and sell subdivisions, conduct meetings according to Roberts, plot a prison break, score an all-important goal, get the door for the pizza delivery boy, and get on with transforming the world through their revolutionary action.

IKMQ was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Roger Farr is the author of three books of poetry, most recently IKMQ (New Star Books, 2012), a finalist for the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Award. His critical writing on avant-garde poetry and autonomous social movements has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He has edited Open Text: Canadian Poetry and Poetics in the 21st Century; Alice Becker-Ho's Essence of Jargon: Language and the Dangerous Classes; and The Amorous Comrade, a forthcoming selection of essays by French anarchist É. Armand on love, sex, and politics. He often travels from his home on an island in Snuneymuxw territory to teach Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing at Capilano University in Vancouver, BC.

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