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Theory of Sediment

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Deliberately unsettling in its confrontations of such literary norms as narrative, representation and the smug security of the factual.Governor General's award Nominee, 1992

"An extraordinary act of revolution and charity". —William McPheron, Open Letter
Paperback, 214 pages
Published 1991 by Talon Books
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wasn't engaged much until the final section, "Lastworda", which is quite a remarkable piece; the product of many hours with the OED and other resources, this prose poem organizes its lexicon by the chronological order in which words entered the language, beginning with relatively current (for 1991) terms like "diskette" and "spandex", and eventually arriving at anglo-saxon words like "cnihtum" and "heahfaestne", resulting in a 14-page sentence that scoots backwards along the timeline of a tongue ...more
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Steve McCaffery is the author of over twenty-five books of poetry and criticism. He has twice been awarded the Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry and twice shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His poems have been published in more than a dozen countries. A long-time resident of Toronto, he is currently the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters, University at Buffalo.
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