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Multitudes
     

Multitudes

by Margaret Christakos
 

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Poet Margaret Christakos, throughout her eight previous poetry collections, has created ruptures and splices inside of and against the limits of the confessional lyric, often using recombinatory procedures, cyclical and serial structure, and enmeshing intimate vernacular with highly aestheticized language in writing that explores maternality, sexuality and intimate

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Poet Margaret Christakos, throughout her eight previous poetry collections, has created ruptures and splices inside of and against the limits of the confessional lyric, often using recombinatory procedures, cyclical and serial structure, and enmeshing intimate vernacular with highly aestheticized language in writing that explores maternality, sexuality and intimate address.


In her new collection, Multitudes ––– where cellphone tweets snipe 'y wd I nd/ 2 spk 2 u?' alongside echoes of aria, chant and dirge ––– Christakos freshly pairs Whitman's 'Song of Myself' with an inquiry into the subjective thresholds of digital social media, where individuals conduct flamboyant acts of self-–portraiture, testimonial, self-–commodification, erotic self–-dispersal and indelible spectacle.


Multitudes is a moving, witty, poetic foray into a modern frontier of public spaces (city hall square, park, cemetery, bicycle path), poetic forms, private longings and virtual relocations. With her trademark linguistic sonar, Christakos amplifies the capacity of language to discern an almost inherent swingdoor between 'moaning' and 'meaning,' while casting a discouraged eye on how human discernment is used to rigidify recognitions, inviting citizens to turn from ethical social activism to snitch on their Facebook friends after an urban hockey riot.


'Alphabetic dismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensic clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work.' –– Rachel Blau DuPlessis

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"Alphabetic dismantling, syntactic play, essaying words backwards and 4words (as she might say), Christakos manifests forensice clarity and telegraphic fortitude in this unsettling work." – Rachel Blau DuPlessis [on Multitudes]

"Stirring both emotionally and in a bold experimentalism." – Winnipeg Free Press [on What Stirs]

"Is Margaret Christakos the love child of David Cronenberg and the queen of the confessional poets, Sharon Olds? ... Much of this writing shocks for its originality." – Georgia Straight [on Sooner]

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770563612
Publisher:
Coach House Books
Publication date:
09/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Margaret Christakos is the award–-winning author of eight acclaimed poetry collections and a novel, Charisma, shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Previous titles with Coach House include What Stirs (2008) and Sooner (2005), both nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and Excessive Love Prostheses, winner of the 2001 ReLit Award. She teaches creative writing and curated the well–-known 'Influency: A Toronto Poetry Salon' at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from 2006 to 2012.

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