By Word of Mouth: The Poetry of Dennis Cooley (Laurier by Dennis Cooley, Nicole Markotic

By Dennis Cooley, Nicole Markotic

Dennis Cooley, one among Canada’s such a lot admired poets, says writing turns into political should you play with yes different types of voices. His poetry has been stimulated and encouraged by way of the prairies and different Canadian poets, yet he insists on worrying the formal poetic inheritance he esteems. His engagement with various talking voices asks that readers query authority and problem institutional privilege. In By observe of Mouth, a suite from throughout his profession, readers will detect how Cooley returns to the prairie vernacular and speaks to Canadian id. Poetry, says Cooley, is set our time and our position.

Nicole Markotić’s introductory essay discusses how Dennis Cooley performs with poetic reference, evokes with syntactical surprises, parodies modern writing, and indulges in wild, celebratory puns. This booklet roams round Dennis Cooley’s poetical global and invitations the reader to play alongside.

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Sure, some people say they go just crazy at times the women there sometimes they’re kind of mixed up crabby with women’s troubles I guess and wantin dark men somethin bad but I dunno, can’t say about that one. Anways, this lady, Sonya Orlowsky’s her name, she’s Ukrainian and she can cure cancer, that’s what they say at least. You might know her, remember she was just, well, one good-lookin woman at one time, apparently, they say, back round the 80’s the one you musta heard it when Garry Reed left his wife and six kids and ran off with that dark woman well that was her, caused a real stink with his folks, never talked to him after, not once in all those years since then.

One time it’s pneumonia, nother time it’s they’re simple in the head. Not one thing it’s another. That’s why they keep lookin for other men, the women there. Somethin about needin new blood on account of they’re always marrying each other that causes all kinds of troubles for them—so babies dead when they’re born or they’ve got one leg shorter than the other maybe or they’ve got their eyes crossed, that sort of thing. Sure, some people say they go just crazy at times the women there sometimes they’re kind of mixed up crabby with women’s troubles I guess and wantin dark men somethin bad but I dunno, can’t say about that one.

Anways, this lady, Sonya Orlowsky’s her name, she’s Ukrainian and she can cure cancer, that’s what they say at least. You might know her, remember she was just, well, one good-lookin woman at one time, apparently, they say, back round the 80’s the one you musta heard it when Garry Reed left his wife and six kids and ran off with that dark woman well that was her, caused a real stink with his folks, never talked to him after, not once in all those years since then. Funny, n she the best liked schoolteacher district ever had too.

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