What might a word lose – or gain – without its prefix?
Each prose poem in Whelmed features a word that has been unhinged from its prefix, allowing new meanings – radically unfamiliar, yet uncannily intimate – to emerge from these prefixless word deposits. Part prose-poem sequence and part encyclopedia of unpredictably irregular terms, Whelmed is at times deranging, almostdisturbing, sometimes detached, and always joyfully rupting.
'Addictionary of words lopped off from their prefixial syllables, this lightful pendium mises hours of giggles and a joyful sire to copy ad finitum! So much pleasure! So much verbal legerdemain. So spiring! Can’t stop/won’t stop reading, jotting, sharing. Constraint at its most unconstrained.'
– Maria Damon
'With Whelmed, the Womanin the Shoe (who has too much to do) and the stoned, fixed priestesses of Apollo invoke the order of an alphabet of prefixes. Enjoy the maze – take with you two string balls, one of truth and one of belief. Her mastery of language makes poetry free.'
– Maxine Gadd
Praise for Bent at the Spine:
‘[Shows] the bland ways we typically use language by exhibiting its strange potential …. The pace of the book is a rush, as MarkotiÄ? continually turns things around to alter any easy perception.’
ndash; The Georgia Straight
‘MarkotiÄ?’s work exhibits a trickster quality in that she steals language and then returns it in altered forms. Her intertextual links rework language within the poem and provide a way of listening attentively to the world.’
– NumÃ©ro Cinq
Nicole MarkotiÄ? is a poet, novelist and critic. Her poetry books include Bent at the Spine (BookThug, 2012), Minotaurs & Other Alphabets (Wolsak & Wynn, 1998) and Connect the Dots (Wolsak & Wynn, 1994); her novels are Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008) and Yellow Pages (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1995). She won the bpNichol Poetry Chapbook Award in 1998, and was nominated for the Stephan G. Stephansson Poetry Book of the Year Award and for the Henry Kreisel First Book of the Year Award. She edits the Wrinkle Press chapbook series and teaches creative writing, children’s literature and disability studies at the University of Windsor.
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