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New Star Books Fall 2023

Male Pregnancy in Reverse
A Tragedy in 5 Acts
By (author): Tom Prime
Tom Prime


New Star Books - Vancouver



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Sep 30, 2023
$18.00 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.15 in | 0.1 kg

Page Count:

64 pages
New Star Books
POETRY / Canadian
Male Pregnancy in Reverse, a long poem "in 5 Acts", transmutes a disturbing and sometimes horrifying experience --- albeit one which is only ever obliquely and allegorically described --- into a dazzling and heady literary puzzle.
Wielding a rich and suggestive vocabulary largely drawn from Elizabethan literary texts, but working within a tradition that includes Rimbaud and Mallarme, Tom Prime revels in a lexigraphic bubblebath that combines visual poetry, typographic moves, fragments of a play, speaking parts for a cast of characters that include Brayne-worme and the cuttlefish, and uneasy-laughter-inducing silliness.

Tom Prime lives in London, Ontario, where he is in the coils of a PhD program at Western University. He is the author of Mouthfuls of Space, and two collaborations with Gary Barwin, A Cemetery for Holes and Bird Arsonist.

"In Tom Prime’s pataseminal Male Pregnancy in Reverse (an Elizabethan concept of misogyny), a postlanguage, dramatological inferno of extreme poiesis in 5 acts, the “actus primus” is a postapocalyptic mélange of the hyperérotique, the scatotheological, the psychoasemic, the BDSMic, les Symbolistes Français and the Elizabethan underworld in a “filthcloth miasma” of postgender eschatons disseminating their “electrolarynxes” in a highly original dramatis personae of posthuman porn comprised of Chorus, Occasion, the acromegalic, Analyst, Me, Satan, You, Mosca, Volpone, Percy, Eleanor Davies, Real Estate Agent, the predator, Amelia, Hero, Grandpa, Narrator, Baby, Mother, Manet Titivillus, Brayne-worme, Leander, Guru, Anna Trapnell, Dex and Father of Bro. Tom Prime is at the forefront of a new generation of avant-gardists."—Daniel Y. Harris, author of The Posthuman Series, (Volumes I-V, BlazeVOX) - Daniel Y. Harris, Blurb

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