Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

CHANGING SPEEDS, CHANGING ORDERS

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Poetry is often most interesting when it shifts the frames with which we approach contemporary situations, materials, or ideas. There is William Carlos William’s red wheelbarrow hanging up there on the poetry wall like Duchamp’s urinal. There is Frank O’Hara’s breathless elegy on its way to the suburbs for a dinner party. There are Kenneth Goldsmith’s traffic reports typed out on the ones. Changing the frame can provoke us to look at the commonplace in less common ways. Changing speeds, changing orders, changing mediums, changing other variables of apprehension can make visible certain patterns or anomalies that might not otherwise be apparent. Here is an example of what we might call a visual poem involving earth’s temperature reframed at breakneck speed.

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

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