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Multitudes
By (author): Margaret Christakos
9781552452790 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Sep 20, 2013
$17.95 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.3 in | 250 gr 128 pages Coach House Books

Poet Margaret Christakos, throughout her eight previous poetry collections, has created ruptures and splices inside of and against the limits of the confessional lyric, often using recombinatory procedures, cyclical and serial structure, and enmeshing intimate vernacular with highly aestheticized language in writing that explores maternality, sexuality and intimate address.

In her new collection, Multitudes –Ã??Ã?? where cellphone tweets snipe 'y wd I nd/ 2 spk 2 u?' alongside echoes of aria, chant and dirge –Ã??Ã?? Christakos freshly pairs Whitman's 'Song of Myself' with an inquiry into the subjective thresholds of digital social media, where individuals conduct flamboyant acts of self-Ã??portraiture, testimonial, self-Ã??commodification, erotic selfÃ??-dispersal and indelible spectacle.

Multitudes is a moving, witty, poetic foray into a modern frontier of public spaces (city hall square, park, cemetery, bicycle path), poetic forms, private longings and virtual relocations. With her trademark linguistic sonar, Christakos amplifies the capacity of language to discern an almost inherent swingdoor between 'moaning' and 'meaning,' while casting a discouraged eye on how human discernment is used to rigidify recognitions, inviting citizens to turn from ethical social activism to snitch on their Facebook friends after an urban hockey riot.

'Alphabeticdismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work.' Ã??– Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Margaret Christakos is the awardÂ?-winning author of eight acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Previous titles with Coach House include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), both nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the 2001 ReLit Award. She teaches creative writing and curated the wellÂ?-known'Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon' at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from 2006 to 2012.

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