Jan 22, 2021
8x8x7
Posted by Colin Smith

Poetry 8 x 8 x 7 finds the Winnipeg based poet Colin Smith in panopticon mode, his eye everywhere, glittering and shifting planes like a human kaleidoscope Even those who have followed Smith s career since his term in Vancouver s estimable Kootenay School of Writing, and his previous book Multiple Poses Tsunami Editions, 1997 might not be prepared for the intensity ofPoetry 8 x 8 x 7 finds the Winnipeg based poet Colin Smith in panopticon mode, his eye everywhere, glittering and shifting planes like a human kaleidoscope Even those who have followed Smith s career since his term in Vancouver s estimable Kootenay School of Writing, and his previous book Multiple Poses Tsunami Editions, 1997 might not be prepared for the intensity of feeling now so thoroughly mashed up with his vaunted multiplicity After a blistering, acid laced opening salvo, ironically titled Just, Smith builds up the attack through a series of escalating feints and rhapsodies His targets include war, unemployment, sexual category, the talking heads of TV and continental philosophy, outsourcing, liberal piety and, most touchingly, his own body, once a source of comfort and strength, now a font of lacerating pain No two poems in his book are alike, but they surround an uncommon fire After a touching finale, Codicil, a sort of coda, Goodbye Riddance , puts us right back on the block again What is 8 x 8 x 7 anyhow At first you might think it s a toaster now then maybe not You re in this condition of doubt recommended by the poet, whose title poem points to a place from which we might retrace our misguided steps I don t know is a good start Colin Smith is in curious pain, and he wants to know the source So he feels around for clues with his mother tongue baby id in the sharps dumpster of language, disenjoyin

  • Title: 8x8x7
  • Author: Colin Smith
  • ISBN: 9781928650287
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • x x Poetry x x finds the Winnipeg based poet Colin Smith in panopticon mode his eye everywhere glittering and shifting planes like a human kaleidoscope Even those who have followed Smith s career


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