Indexical Elegies

Indexical Elegies

by Jon Paul Fiorentino
     
 

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Jon Paul Fiorentino's new collection is a whip-smart poetic investigation of anxiety in all its many manifestations. Anxiety caused by geography, anxieties of influence and looming worries about loss inform the poems as they weave narrative threads that highlight both the treachery of language and its necessity in shaping human experience.

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Jon Paul Fiorentino's new collection is a whip-smart poetic investigation of anxiety in all its many manifestations. Anxiety caused by geography, anxieties of influence and looming worries about loss inform the poems as they weave narrative threads that highlight both the treachery of language and its necessity in shaping human experience.

The poems here build on Derrida's ideas about the psychological implications of memory and the archival impulse and on philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce's semiotics of 'the index.' Indexical Elegies is a rich, emotionally charged work that showcases Fiorentino's talents at their feisty, engaged best. From its Post-Prairie pamphleteering and Montreal musings to its moving elegies, this is provocative poetry that never loses touch with the reader's pleasure.

Praise for Fiorentino's The Theory of the Loser Class:

'Fiorentino is smart and deft … By turns compassionate, funny and filled with self-loathing, The Theory of the Loser Class is never without the possibility of redemption.' – Globe and Mail

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘There is no mistaking Fiorentino’s sharp wit and precise vocabulary, which are entirely individual – something far too few writers can claim.’ – Quill and Quire

‘In place of mythology and conventional symbols, the poems explore the nature of language through puns, onomatopoeia, and aphorisms about meaning ... [Fiorentino’s] combination of feeling and thought gives this book remarkable power.’ – Montreal Review of Books

'Jon Paul Fiorentino offers a diverse smattering of styles that demonstrate an edgy playfulness, attendant to the pun and to sound, to form and to formula.' – Canadian Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770562714
Publisher:
Coach House Books
Publication date:
10/15/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
398 KB

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From the Publisher
‘There is no mistaking Fiorentino’s sharp wit and precise vocabulary, which are entirely individual – something far too few writers can claim.’ – Quill and Quire

‘In place of mythology and conventional symbols, the poems explore the nature of language through puns, onomatopoeia, and aphorisms about meaning ... [Fiorentino’s] combination of feeling and thought gives this book remarkable power.’ – Montreal Review of Books

'Jon Paul Fiorentino offers a diverse smattering of styles that demonstrate an edgy playfulness, attendant to the pun and to sound, to form and to formula.' – Canadian Literature

Meet the Author

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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