Up-and-coming poet Jamie Sharpe presents a finely tuned second collection
Cut-up Apologetic, Sharpe’s second collection, explores aging in a world where youth is terrible and something we desperately want back. These are poems about failing to leave our mark while marks are left on us — about the collective insatiability of emptying surroundings in an attempt to fill ourselves.
At the same time, Cut-up Apologetic is naïve and playful even when examining fear expressed as discrimination or the ways restlessness transitions into an inertia spelling cultural death. Sharpe finds strange new horizons “extend(ing)/only backward, into memory.”
“Jamie Sharpe’s Cut-Up Apologetic slashes through cultures and sutures their highs and lows.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“The mindful cage-rattling of this slim volume will provoke readers to ponder the importance of their own self-expression — and the reality of their failures — in the context of an increasingly corporatized world.” — Scene Magazine
“Back in July, 2013, Today’s book of poetry had the pleasure of reading/blogging about Sharpe’s Animal Husbandry Today, his excellent first book. Cut-up Apologetic is more of the same brilliant lunatic assemblage. Except that these poems are tighter, just slightly more crisp, and that is an unexpected delight . . . Jamie Sharpe has very quickly become one of Today’s Book of Poetry’s favourite poets to pull out of a hat, ‘Here! Read this!’ I say, grinning like Hell.” — Today’s Book of Poetry
“Cut-up Apologetic is a melancholic look at the foibles of modern society, and it explores our struggles, fears, and our desire to be remembered for ages to come.” — TheAbsoluteMag.com
“Cut-up Apologetic is a twisted look at today’s world, very enjoyable and recommended.” — Evil Cyclist
“Sharpe’s poetry is poignant and fresh, holding a magnifying glass freely to Corporate North America and to himself.” — Jaffalogue
“This collection doesn’t shy away from irony; and it holds a simultaneous feeling of being self-conscious and effortless like an already smooth face applied seamlessly with makeup. Cut Up Apologetic has many attractive layers.” — The Impressment Gang
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