Needs Improvement [NOOK Book]

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Whether misreading sixth-grade pedagogical materials or offering visual schematics for reading Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Jon Paul Fiorentino''s sixth poetry collection asks us to reconsider our engagement with received information —-- but does so with a wink during detention, a dodgeball to the gut during recess.

'Needs Improvement is as a book of a new logic making its way from witty statements to slow moving alyric villanelles, achieving brilliantly a contemporary ...

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Needs Improvement

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Overview

Whether misreading sixth-grade pedagogical materials or offering visual schematics for reading Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Jon Paul Fiorentino''s sixth poetry collection asks us to reconsider our engagement with received information —-- but does so with a wink during detention, a dodgeball to the gut during recess.

'Needs Improvement is as a book of a new logic making its way from witty statements to slow moving alyric villanelles, achieving brilliantly a contemporary sense of streaming among words, places and "no self." Whether this feeling comes from rearranged intentions, satirical knowledge, wise and displaced arguments, each page points a finger at language and does so with "no fears."' - —-- Nicole Brossard

Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and four poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize, and his most recent collection, Indexical Elegies, won the 2010 CBC Book Club "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches writing at Concordia University and edits Matrix magazine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770563575
  • Publisher: Coach House Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • File size: 3 MB

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Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of the novel Stripmalling, which was shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and four poetry collections, including The Theory of the Loser Class, which was shortlisted for the A. M. Klein Prize, and his most recent collection, Indexical Elegies, won the 2010 CBC Book Club "Bookie" Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches writing at Concordia University and edits Matrix magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Review is for Kindle edition. This is a heartfelt and well writt

    Review is for Kindle edition. This is a heartfelt and well written biography of Will Munro, DJ, party organizer, gay activist, artist and Y-front designer based in Toronto, Canada. He's largely unknown in the States, but he was quite a celebrity in Toronto. Seems Will was a complicated man, and maybe a little on the uptight side. He eschewed drinking and drugging but wasn't defiantly straight edge. Will came from a large and volatile family. So, like many before him, Will found inspiration and solace in the arts: fashion, music, fashion and art installations.
    Will held a regular party called "Vazaleen" at his club where he showed his dedication by working hard and long hours. To start the week, they had "Morrissey Mondays," named after the controversial singer, formerly of The Smiths. Not being your typical gay man, Will Munro didn't really connect intimately with anybody until he met Peter Ho. Our subject's a difficult man to characterize. Although he's gay, he doesn't like gay bars or the gay pride parade. He resists house music, and deems people on the club scene "weird." Hello, isn't that the point of going to clubs - the freak show? Famous (or semi-famous depending on your perspective) names like punk band singer for The Gossip, Beth Ditto, and the outrageous international performer, Peaches, contribute their stories.
    The life of Will Munro is revealed via an oral history format. You hear the voices of club goers and friends on the scene and as well as Will Munro's family. Some nice photographs are included, and it's through these photographs that one can witness the blossoming of our man of the hour. First there's the tow headed Boy Scout on stage receiving an honor, followed by a spiky haired and defiant punk and finally there's the Canadian gay icon in various (and sometimes hilarious) costumes and sometimes in drag.
    Would recommend for any and all interested in the Toronto club scene, those looking to make their mark on local nightlife and people wanting to get involved in gay activism. Without including any spoilers, in the end it's a bittersweet story.

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