Attention Span 2011 | Meredith Quartermain
George Bowering | My Darling Nellie Gray | Talonbooks | 2010
Political. Playful. A textbook in procedural possibilities. Also thoughtful and heartfelt.
Sheila Heti | How Should a Person Be? | Anansi | 2010
I think of this as a conceptual novel as all the characters are real people. It’s constantly making us think about arbitrary boundaries between fiction and “the real.” Questioning and extending the form of the novel, too.
Eileen Myles | Inferno: A Poet’s Novel| OR Books | 2010
Cross-cuts are dynamite, I wrote across the top of page 76, the chapter entitled “Poetry is making money.” It’s a poetry page-turner.
Louis Cabri | Poetryworld | CUE Books | 2010
Louis has invented a whole new genre of sound-sight-reference cross-play unlike any poetry you’ve read anywhere.
Miriam Nichols | Radical Affections | Alabama | 2010
A brilliant synthesis of the last 50 years of literary history (the relation of poetry to philosophy), and a map of where we could go from here.
Dodie Bellamy | Pink Steam | Suspect Thoughts | 2004
I read Bellamy for her fascinating house of mirrors.
Kate Eichhorn | Field Notes | BookThug | 2010
Turns the anthropological machine on its head.
Renee Rodin | Subject to Change | Talonbooks | 2010
Renee speaks from the heart—across her kitchen table—about parents dying, about friends who survived the holocaust, about being young and in love.
Stephen Collis | On the Material | Talonbooks | 2010
Winner of this year’s BC Book Prize for poetry. And well deserved too!
Michael Boughn | Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic | BookThug | 2010
Who could refuse an epic with Holstein cows grazing in it?
Meredith Quartermain’s Vancouver Walking won a BC Book Award for Poetry. The Dalhousie Review described Matter and Nightmarker as “perhaps the two most noteworthy titles” in recent radical poetry, “prescient, daring,” and “undoing the knot of human understanding.” Recipes from the Red Planet has been shortlisted for a BC Book Award for Fiction and the ReLit prize. Quartermain’s Attention Span for 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004. Back to 2011 directory.