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The Perfect Archive
By (author): Paul Lisson
9781771833721 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / Canadian / General Sep 01, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 0.25 in | 120 gr 110 pages Guernica Editions
The Perfect Archive is the story of an archivist who moves beyond his role to become an author of texts on archival theory. In his work, he processes the flow and retention of government information, and he begins to question the very nature of a "pure and accurate" archive. He is embroiled in a complex story that sends him into hiding, engages him in love, and has him grappling with tyranny, injustice, the suppression of information, and the strength and the futility of resistance, except in the form of poetry.

Paul Lisson’s The Perfect Archive is an unusual work in that he uses his professional skills as a librarian and archivist to create a work of mystique that is strange and darkly foreboding. - James M. Fisher, The Miramichi Reader

The Perfect Archive is a perfect trip. You have to abandon control — let go of the ordered catalogue of happenings, a structured narrative — and simply enjoy Lisson’s provocative bits: ‘Doubt implies thought. Thought is prone to disorder,’ or ‘It will require putting bullets through books.’ - Megan Clark, Broken Pencil Magazine

Bloody amazing stuff. - Judith Fitzgerald, The Globe and Mail

It’s a great little Frankenstein of a book, with lots in it to tear apart, turn upside down, and reconfigure as some new and entirely provocative monster; something less about a mysterious “subject” and more about the creative process itself and the tools involved in that process. Metaphorically (perhaps, even, literally) Paul reconstructs the bones in order to make himself (the work) more interesting. I recommend you dive in and get your hands dirty.
- Stan Rogal, Periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics

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