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Strike anywhere : essays, reviews & other arsons

Author: Michael Lista
Publisher: Erin, Ontario : The Porcupine's Quill, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'I'd like to think that I'm polarizing, the way a battery is, ' explains Michael Lista in this collection of essays and reviews, 'energizing the flashlight by which you read in the dark.' In his self-described 'arsons', Michael Lista assesses with equal fire our literary darlings (Anne Carson, Don McKay), talented veterans (Steven Heighton, David McGimpsey) and promising newcomers (Stevie Howell, Aisha Sasha John)  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Lista
ISBN: 9780889843929 0889843929
OCLC Number: 929588818
Description: 223 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Michael Lista.

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'I'd like to think that I'm polarizing, the way a battery is, ' explains Michael Lista in this collection of essays and reviews, 'energizing the flashlight by which you read in the dark.' In his self-described 'arsons', Michael Lista assesses with equal fire our literary darlings (Anne Carson, Don McKay), talented veterans (Steven Heighton, David McGimpsey) and promising newcomers (Stevie Howell, Aisha Sasha John) of the poetic genre. He depicts a literary institution pathologically averse to the sustenance of a traditional repertoire, and addicted to the empty calories of poet experiments. Popular culture, too, falls prey to Lista's jaundiced eye, from the public outbursts of Kanye West to the receptacle of American anxieties that is The Walking Dead. Strike Anywhere acknowledges the inherent contradiction of poetic expression-that its power lies in its uselessness-but also recognizes that poets are nonetheless, the happy few, the unacknowledged legislators of the world. With thoughtfulness, wit and considerable humour, Michael Lista tackles the moral and aesthetic implications of storytelling, from boob-tube blockbusters to the latest volume of verse.

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