Pound @ Guantánamo (Paperback)

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Pound @ Guantánamo (Paperback)

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Throughout these poems is a meeting of obscene or politically charged material, as well as commentary on language usage under extreme circumstances of duress such as the Arab Spring. This is poetry written under conditions of wartime. The title implies an analogy between Ezra Pound, imprisoned at Pisa after World War II, and the inhabitants of the military and CIA prisons at Guant namo Bay.

Poems cross the page or are more architectural, in tight columns, or curve like a cyberpunk office tower. Entire continents are leaped across in a line or two: "from Burquitlam Plaza to Redondo Beach metro stop/Bush with Burqas for the B.U." but written in a city where bus drivers fix their trolley lines, and Squamish is a place you drive to, in your imagination, during a job interview conducted over the phone.

Place, in this poetry, is both a name (but whose name? the colonizer? first nation? mall developer?) and a root that grows in one's popular culture as the only way to recognize the war machine ("why Cadence Weapon left Friendster / why the Flava Flav transformer twins're buck-toothed"). A final word on style: Burnham's language is compressed like an MP3 file (a format that uses lossy compression).
Clint Burnham is widely published as a critical theorist, poet, and author of books on digital culture. He is the author of book-length studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson, a novel titled Smoke Show (2005), and several books of poetry, including The Benjamin Sonnets, published in 2009. His most recent critical book is The Only Poetry That Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing (2012). His most recent art writing includes a catalogue essay on Canadian photographer Kelly Wood; an essay on Edward Burtynsky is in the forthcoming Petrocultures collection from McGill-Queens. During a residency at the Urban Subjects Collective in Vienna in 2014-15, Burnham wrote books on Slavoj Zizek and digital culture, and on Fredric Jameson and Wolf of Wall Street. Burnham is an associate member of the SFU Department of Geography and a member of SFU's Centre for Global Political Economy. He is a founding member of the Vancouver Lacan Salon and can be followed on twitter @Prof_Clinty.
Product Details ISBN: 9780889229792
ISBN-10: 0889229791
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 112
Language: English