By Dennis Cooley, Nicole Markotic
Dennis Cooley, one in every of Canada’s so much well known poets, says writing turns into political in the event you play with yes types of voices. His poetry has been stimulated and encouraged via the prairies and different Canadian poets, yet he insists on hectic the formal poetic inheritance he esteems. His engagement with various talking voices asks that readers query authority and problem institutional privilege. In By notice of Mouth, a set from throughout his occupation, readers will observe how Cooley returns to the prairie vernacular and speaks to Canadian id. Poetry, says Cooley, is ready our time and our position.
Nicole Markotić’s introductory essay discusses how Dennis Cooley performs with poetic reference, evokes with syntactical surprises, parodies modern writing, and indulges in wild, celebratory puns. This booklet roams round Dennis Cooley’s poetical international and invitations the reader to play alongside.
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It’s gone, every last sign of it’s completely gone. Hands like that. I know that’s hard to believe but I’ve talked to dozens of people from out that way and they all say that’s what happens, they swear to God it’s true, every last one of them swears that she just lifts the hand and there it is the cancer’s gone, just like that. Layin right there in her hand. Think that’s amazin, wanna hear something really strange? All the people, all the ones had those growths removed, know what they do after?
You know the Mennonites how they are always comin down with some kind of sickness or other. One time it’s pneumonia, nother time it’s they’re simple in the head. Not one thing it’s another. That’s why they keep lookin for other men, the women there. Somethin about needin new blood on account of they’re always marrying each other that causes all kinds of troubles for them—so babies dead when they’re born or they’ve got one leg shorter than the other maybe or they’ve got their eyes crossed, that sort of thing.
Think that’s amazin, wanna hear something really strange? All the people, all the ones had those growths removed, know what they do after? They go and pickle them. That’s right, they put them up in jars and set them in their sitting room where everyone can see them. Callin by Karl Dyck’s and his missus the other day, day it rained, week ago Tuesday must a bin, to pick up some eggs and there she was—a big white blob in this sealer, right there plop on top of the radio. Karl was pretty pleased about it, took down the jar and give it to me so’s I could get a good look at it ﬂoatin round like a pig’s foot in vinegar.