See you next spring, FOLKs!
Folk, poems by Jacob McArthur Mooney
McClelland & Stewart, Ltd. March 2011.
Available for pre-order.
Ed: Stan Dragland
Design: Leah Springate
Publicity: Ruta Liormonas
Words and Music by: Vox
Draft bumf copy:
This is a book about airplanes and towns. It is also about geography, and geometry. And about not believing in God.
Taking as its inciting incident the 1998 crash of SwissAir Flight 111 off the coast of the author’s native Nova Scotia, Folk considers the structure of communities dominated by single ideas, single industries, and single events. Moving from the culturally homogenous rural settings of the opening poems, through to the suburban sprawl of the immigrant settlements around Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, the book considers the human quest for “home” in all its forms–spiritual, cognitive, and physical–with an anarchic linguistic sense and stunning psychological acuity.
I have ambitious taking-it-to-other cities plans in the works, so hopefully I’ll see you in Spring or Summer of 2011. I’m very much on the lookout for venues, reading series, co-launchees, etc. Leads would be much appreciated, and can be sent to jacob709_902 (a t) hotmail (d o t) com.