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bpNichol's Comox Avenue and Imperfection Martyrologies
Here it is, folks, released by ECW Press this month, my 7-year re-reading of all 9 volumes of bpNichol's 'life-long' poem, The Martyrology. As the back-cover blurb says, The Martyrology is one of the five longest canonical poems in English. A poem that ponders with both depth and humour the inevitable extinction of the human species, The Martyrology is also quite possibly the world's most intellectually adventurous and formally various eco-poem. My book about it is rather long too -- I am grateful that it did not itself become a life-long work. But it did keep me away from this blog for much of the last few years. If anyone missed me here, this book is my apology.
FRANK DAVEY: Poet, former Coach House Press editor, co-founder of TISH newsletter in 1961, co-founder of e-mag Swift Current in 1984, editor of poetics journal Open Letter, 'author' of Bardy Google in 2010 (Talonbooks), author of the tell-much biography of bpNichol, aka bpNichol in 2012 (ECW), and author of the recently published poetry collection Poems Suitable to Current Material Conditions (Mansfield). He has two other websites: a personal one at FrankDavey.net and one (co-managed with David Rosenberg) focused on poet bpNichol at akabpNichol.net -- have a look!