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Polyamorous Love Song

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  20 reviews
From interdisciplinary writer and performer Jacob Wren comes Polyamorous Love Song, a novel of intertwined narratives concerning the relationship between artists and the world. Shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, readers will become acquainted with a world that is at once the same and opposite from the one in which they live. With a diverse palette of ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Book Thug
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Jacob Wren
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

People often ask me about the title:

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Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
jacob wren and i exchanged books with each other, and now that i've finished it i'm glad i had the guts to propose such a trade.
this book came right in time, it touches all of the subjects that occupy my thoughts the most: art-being an artist, love, sex, ambition, politics, battle-survival.
on the back of the book tamara faith berger wrote "this book notably asks: are we all pretending? wren mines the ethical implications of both hidden literature and mass entertainment. reading it, i wondered w
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
“We though the new filmmaking was about blurring the line between what’s scripted and real. And there’s nothing more real than sex.”

“Death is more real.” It just slipped out. It was absolutely the last thing she meant or wanted to say. She was nervous, uncomfortable, it was unlike her. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that anyone should die.” It was unlike her to apologize.

“But that’s what’s so powerful about the new filmmaking,” Steve was really trying to persuade her. “When you fuck you really fuck,
Laurence Leduc-Primeau
Un coup de coeur. C'est brillant, simple, tordu, étrangement cohérent et vraiment très drôle.
Nom Chompsky
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-lit
A professor who doesn't like me much gave this book to his son to give to me for a work-based gift exchange, and I really loved the book, I mean, too much almost, and I told the son how great it was, and he said in response his dad cackled and said 'figures,' which I think is really great: that from sabbatical my teachers can still prove themselves relatively narrow-minded and weep-worthily super-subjective in their own tastes to approach work with an open heart. For me to read all the colonial ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you want your social commentary and existential crisis with a side of Furries and a healthy dollop of Free Love, this is the novel you've been waiting for.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stef D
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't been this affected by a book in a very long time. Just, wow.
Philippe M
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A truly original novel. Makes you ponder on the importance of blurring the lines of reality in an increasingly formatted world. Also a good reflection on what it means to be an artist, a creator. Wren’s style is original, witty and confident. Highly recommended!
Dimitrios Otis
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'd be willing to bet Polyamorous Love Song is as good as anything else being written on the planet right now. It's simple, clear writing--with a curious compelling quality not so much related to plot or character as the novel's even, methodical and non-linear structure (it's close to a "linked short stories" concept, but even then the re-appearing plots/characters are not most of what makes it compelling.) The book is, to my mind, refreshingly free of 'backstory' of character. Personally, I fin ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, québec
J'ai abandonné l'idée de réussir à parler adéquatement de ce livre. C'est un roman en nouvelles complètes & parfaites & délicieusement étranges ; c'est une histoire d'art & de commandos de mascottes & d'engagement & de violence & de documentaires ; c'est expérimental sans jamais devenir difficile ; ça se lit tout seul & c'est drôle, drôle comme dans drôle et comme dans vraiment weird, & c'est beau & j'aurais dû m'en acheter une copie plutôt que l'emprunter à l ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
There comes a time in every man's or woman's life when one needs to decide whether to plead allegiance to the Mascot Front or to the Center for Productive Compromise.
Sarah Schulman
Philosophical first person literary avant garde work from Canada. The observer of his own time and heart.
Michael Bryson
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Evelyn Achilles
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two words: Read it.
Oliver Brackenbury
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book came out a few years ago. Just a few days ago I found it on the dollar shelf at a great used book and record shop in Montreal (Cheap Thrills). I never bother with stuff from the dollar shelf because it's usually about as good as the price suggests.


The title & cover grabbed my eye. Then I stood and read the entire first chapter, not because I needed that much to erode any skepticism but because it gripped me. Your mileage may - nay, will - vary, of course. For me, the contents o
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
I get sucked in this book like a child, forgetting what is reality, what fiction. (At some point I googled the Mascot Front.) I get sucked in this book because I fuck and cry and bleed and love, because I exist as a piece of art. Still. It's never been a decision.

Some associations:
- T.C. Boyle, Sarah Kane, Samuel Beckett, Hermann Hesse, Robert Musil, Joe Hill, Fight Club
- absurdity, art, enlightment, on the edge, darkness, kink, time-less-ness
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-the-library
Reading this I understand why a lot of people seemed to love it so much - I just didn't.
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Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include: Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it's easy ...more
“Often the idea of survival is mentioned in relation to capitalism, as in the phrase ‘economic survival’ or the thought ‘I need to earn money to survive.’ However, in our endeavour we hoped to sever survival from economy, striving for a purer form of modernized surviving. Our fight would be a fight for survival and the fighting itself would be our life, not in the sense of employment but in the sense of a full reality with all of the inherent risk, complexity and completion that living implies.” 3 likes
“And my theory about professional artists was as follows: artists are not necessarily the most creative or inspired individuals in any given community. Instead they are those individuals most willing to exploit their own creativity and inspiration, most willing to gain personal profit from their unconscious and its emanations, those with the most missionary zeal for the dissemination of their own idiosyncratic perspectives. Questions of pure creativity clearly lay elsewhere.” 3 likes
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