"After reading Mr. Faulkner's incredible book, something happened. I began to feel bad for the person I was before reading his poems. The poet writes: 'I've placed dynamite around your heart and a bit / in your teeth. How bored you must have been / before you met me.' And he's right. It was so goddamn boring before we met him."Matthew Dickman
Need Machine clamors through the brain like an unruly marching band. Both caustic and thoughtful, these poems offer a topography of modern life writ large in twitchy, neon splendor, in a voice as sure as a surgeon and as trustworthy as a rumor.
Andrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. This is his first book.
|Publisher:||Coach House Books|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Andrew Faulkner: Andrew Faulkner co-curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press. His poems have been published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011 , and his chapbook Useful Knots and How to Tie Them was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. He lives in Toronto.
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Andrew Faulkner’s debut collection of poetry, “Need Machine” is as sharp as a broken pane of glass about a subject that normally breeds nothing but slow mundane boredom: monotony, disappointment and disdain. Instead of the watery, grey and unlimited language that these emotions often encourage, Faulkner attacks them with each measure of biting, snarling satire he can summon. “Young Liberals” is a scathing offering to political non-involvement and the luxury of representing without danger or actual support, “not when campaign buttons/ come so cheap.” Between the hangovers and youthful mayhems. However, between the fierce eye and cutting banter there are also times of lucidity and with them, total despair. As engaging and beguiling as the language can be, "Need Machine" can also be frightening in its pitch-perfect capturing of the swamp of dissatisfaction, and so becomes something to escape from.