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Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry

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Avant-garde poets challenge the reading and writing status quo, and question what a poem may be. Canada's cutting-edge authors have been widely acclaimed internationally as some of the most important innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries. Conventional poetry anthologies may emphasize traditional lyric poetry; "Shift & Switch" offers a unique alternative: radicality, in ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Mercury Press (first published October 10th 2005)
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Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, anthologies
Poetry is aversion of conformity.
- Charles Bernstein, "State of the Art"


Shift & Switch is an anthology of new Canadian poetry by poets "who are actively working to define poetics & poetic communities, beyond the scope of the expected"; who "use poetry [...] as an interroagtive form across genre to confront the unchallenged"; whose "poetry reflects the precence of diverse and numerous talents just below the surface radar of Canadian Literature".

Of the contemporary Canadian poets who fit
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jcg
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Introduces a wide range of Canadian avant-garde poets. Essential addition to the library of anyone interested in avant-garde or experimental poetry.
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Annoyed and inspired.
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I still really enjoy this book, not least because I'm so familiar with the work of a lot of the writers in it. Strange to realize that it's been seven years since the book came out. How long until the next volume?
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This book is such a great mix of poets and poetry! I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover!
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Derek Alexander Beaulieu (born 1973) is a Canadian poet, publisher and anthologist.
Beaulieu studied contemporary Canadian poetics at the University of Calgary. His work has appeared internationally in small press publications, magazines, and in visual art galleries. He has lectured on small press politics, arts funding and literary community in Canada, the United States, the United
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