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Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry

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“Prairie poetry,” as it came to be known in the 20th century, has found no more eloquent and accomplished a practitioner than Robert Kroetsch. Yet the North American prairie his work has made so recognizably visible in all of its characteristic particularities is changing profoundly in the 21st century. This change is marked by the transition of a cultural identity ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Talonbooks (first published August 1st 2005)
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Jan 13, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: 1970-present, poetry
Fiorentino and Kroetsch's collection is worth owning, though it's not all great. The highlights, for me, were the contributions by Derek Beaulieu, Jason Christie, Fiorentino (my favourite in the book, a wonderful piece that reflects on the prairie long poem), Duncan Mercredi, John K. Samson, and Darren Wershler-Henry.
Jul 25, 2016 Matthias added it
Shelves: poetry, canada
I ended up skimming a lot of this. It was mostly too academic and the wrong sort of intellectual for me, too intertextual in a genre I don't read. This poem isn't really representative of that, but it is a brief example that stood out:


sx msg n fgy mrr:
dr trn 1% mnx,
trx 69 @ 6 fr
tran fon sxt?
-th brx wl mon
th wls wl squl
n ngns rr-
sn tx pls!
o fk

(th gvtz @ th dr)

- Clive Holden, pg 78

I am not good enough at postmodern poetry to know what I'm supposed to get from that. I should ma
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Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of I'm Not Scared of You or Anything (Anvil Press) and Needs Improvement (Coach House Books). He is also the author of the novel Stripmalling which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and five poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize and Indexical Elegies which won ...more
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