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North America: A Prophecy with Sparrow, Peter Dube, Steve Venright

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on March 7, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 – 8pm, event takes place in store and is FREE

Sparrow created quite a stir in 1995 when he picketed The New Yorker magazine, holding a placard reading, “My Poetry is as bad as yours.” His poetry has since appeared in that magazine as well as The Quarterly, The New York Times and other erudite journals.
“One of the funniest men in Manhattan… Over and above everything else, Sparrow offers something to believe in.”
—Robert Christgau, The Village Voice
“America: A Prophecy” ranges from a hilarious spiritual guide to New York City–written after Sparrow tried meditating at a dozen high-traffic landmarks–to the scientific and religious significance of the sky, Sparrow’s unique blend of wit and wisdom gives readers a whole new way of seeing our country at the crossroads. The author of Republican Like Me, Sparrow challenged Bob Dole for the presidential nomination in 1996 and, remarkably, lost. America: A Prophecy is his follow up, a fantastical look at a country in flux by a mischievous poet and iconoclastic comedian.
Written over a period of several years,”Yes, You Are a Revolutionary!” is a collection of six works by the renowned street poet Sparrow. He reveals how to be a happy revolutionary, offers haunting poems on the underside of the class struggle, and includes tonal pieces celebrating adolescence. In addition to the title piece, the book includes “Dinosaur Haiku,” “Cooking with Ice,” “Marxist Rhythms,” “Jealous Cops,” and “Morning Poems.”
“A cult hero…Look for this pocket-sized volume to turn up in the back of SUVs as often as at Washington Mall protests.”
—Publishers Weekly on “Yes, You Are a Revolutionary!”

Peter Dubé is a novelist, short story writer, essayist and cultural critic. He is the author of the chapbook “Vortex Faction Manifesto” (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel “Hovering World” (DC Books 2002) and “At the Bottom of the Sky,” a collection of linked short stories (DC Books, 2007). He is also the editor of the anthology “Madder Love: Queer Men and The Precincts of Surrealism” (Rebel Satori Press, 2008).
His fiction — informed by surrealism, queer and “popular” cultures, as well as a whole host of heretical and apocalyptic visions — deploys dense verbal surfaces to investigate the narrative construction of experience, particularly at the points where imagination, desire and the body politic intersect. In other words, his writing is often weird, sweaty and lush.
In addition to his fictional work, his essays and critical writings have been widely published in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE, Hour and Ashé, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Occurrence, Quartier Éphémère and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University.

Steve Venright is the author of several books of poetry including “Floors of Enduring Beauty” (Mansfield Press). As well as being an author, Steve Venright is a visual and sound artist whose Torpor Vigil Industries record label has released such remarkable cds as “Songs of Elsewhere” by Samuel Andreyev and an album of spoken dreams called “The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor.” He was born in Sarnia in 1961 and now resides in a large consensual reality domain called Toronto, Ontario.

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