9 X 11: And Other Poems Like Bird, Nine, X, and Eleven

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New Star Books, 2018 - Canadian poetry - 86 pages
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Poetry. "Reading Michael Turner's extraordinary 9X11 I was reminded of Christa Wolf's Accident, how global crisis intensifies the daily--except that in Turner's / our current state disruption has become the new norm. Disruption both terrifies and excites the poet--the stacked monotony of skyscrapers is broken both by the horror of people leaping out of buildings and by Mallarme's thrilling abandonment of vertical structure in 'Un coup de des jamais n'abolira le hasard' (1897). All the reflections and contemplative rhymes add up to a holographic text that begs repeated reading. '9x11' is a date, a disaster, and the measurements of the poet's room. For Turner architecture is a form of poetic divination, and poetry is a form of architecture. Living in a city, community is inevitable--coffee house / apartment building / poetry peers--and despite his caution, Turner's tense heart proves very big."--Dodie Bellamy

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Michael Turner was born in North Vancouver, B.C. in 1962 and spent his teenage summers working in the Skeena River salmon fishery. After high school, he travelled through Europe and North Africa, eventually to the University of Victoria, where he completed a BA (anthropology) in 1986. Between 1987-1993 he sang and played banjo in Hard Rock Miners; upon his retirement from touring, he opened the Malcolm Lowry Room (1993-1997). His first book, Company Town (Arsenal Pulp, 1991), was nominated for a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. His second book, Hard Core Logo (Arsenal Pulp, 1993), was adapted to feature-film. Kingsway (1995), American Whiskey Bar (Arsenal Pulp, 1997), The Pornographer's Poem (Doubleday, 1999) and 8x10 (New Star, 2009) followed. A frequent collaborator, he has written scripts with Stan Douglas, poems with Geoffrey Farmer and songs with cub, Dream Warriors, Fishbone and Kinnie Starr. He blogs at this address mtwebsit@blogspot.com.

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