Join us tonight, Saturday, October 5th at 7 p.m. in celebrating the release of Life Experience Coolant, the debut
poetry collection by Colin Fulton, and Revelator, the latest and first
ever Canadian-published book by the pioneering Language poet Ron
Silliman. Hosted by Michael Nardone.
Revelator is the opening poem in a major sequence entitled Universe.
It’s the jumping off point for a work that, were Ron Silliman to live
long enough, would take him three centuries to complete. We are hopeful.
Universe is a poem of globalization and post-global poetics (an
important reason for publishing this key section outside of the USA). At
its core, it addresses the problem that there are only two global
systems: the biosphere and capital, while every response to these global
systems is invariably local. The first appearance of Revelator in a
journal won Poetry’s Levinson prize, previously given to poets such as
Robert Creeley, Theodore Roethke, Geoffrey Hill, John Ashbery, Robert
Duncan, Basil Bunting, William Carlos Williams, Dylan Thomas, Hart
Crane, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens.
Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, and has had his
poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. He has worked as a
political activist, editor, and market analyst. Among his honors,
Silliman was a 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellow at the University of
Pennsylvania, and the 2010 recipient of the Levinson Prize, from the
Poetry Foundation. His sculpture poetry (Bury Neon) is permanently on
display in the transit centre of Bury, Lancashire, and he has a plaque
in the walk dedicated to poetry in his home town of Berkeley, although
he now lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Life Experience Coolant is a collection of four long poems informed by artistic isolation, directionless reading, and the avoidance mechanisms that make poetry simultaneously possible and impossible at our current cultural velocity. Using methodologies of textual appropriation, collage, rehistoricization and self-sufficent rhetoricality, Life Experience Coolant address transgenderedness, the late-late-late capitalist situation, gaming culture and new media, contemporary Canadian politics, and satirizations of conceptual poetics and antimemoir. As well as love.
Photo: Debora Alanna
Colin Fulton was born in Calgary in 1987 but grew up in Nova Scotia.
More recently he spent time in British Columbia while studying at the
University of Victoria where he graduated with a double major in Poetry
and Political Ecology, as well as a minor in Philosophy, Fulton
currently lives in Montreal where he is persuing a Master's degree in
English. Life Experience Coolant is his first book.