Attention Span 2009 – Meredith Quartermain
Thomas Bernhard | Frost | Vintage | 2008
Translated by Michael Hofmann, this novel, which involves a despairing artist in a gloomy Austrian town, contains some of the most poetic, painterly prose I’ve come across.
Aaron Peck | The Bewilderments of Bernhard Willis | Pedlar | 2008
Pure poetry, even though it’s called a novel.
Lisa Roberston | Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip | Coach House | 2009
Who would not want to be whipped by such a magenta soul?
Margaret Christakos | What Stirs | Coach House | 2008
Christakos’s poetry is one of those best kept secrets I want to tell everyone.
George Stanley | Vancouver: A Poem | New Star | 2008
Stanley’s response to Paterson and Maximus—he never lets you forget how city thoughts are made.
Daphne Marlatt | The Given | McClelland & Stewart | 2008
This is the third novel/poem in Marlatt’s trilogy that began with the groundbreaking Ana Historic. It won the BC Book Award for poetry.
Louis Cabri | —that can’t | Nomados | 2009
Cabri is extremely inventive at recombining clichés, advertising slogans, corporate capitalist blague and popular sentiment so that they deconstruct each other with great humour and irony.
Michael Boughn | Dislocations in Crystal | Coach House | 2003
I read Boughn for, among other things, his syntax.
Michael Boughn | 22 Skidoo | BookThug | 2009
Boughn is to sentence as Miles Davis is to trumpet.
Peter Culley | The Age of Briggs and Stratton | New Star | 2008
One of the subtlest, drollest poets in Canada.
Myung Mi Kim | Commons | U of California | 2002
A very political book without being polemic, which explodes language away from its comfortable links to things and shows how violent it can be.
More Meredith Quartermain here.