hungree throat

By bill bissett

hungree throat
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Written in his unique phonetic language, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men – one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by terrible memories and unable to trust. We witness ten years of a shared life marked by hunger “4 ... Read more


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Written in his unique phonetic language, bill bissett’s second novel-poem, hungree throat, recounts the relationship of two men – one bold and unafraid, the other burdened by terrible memories and unable to trust. We witness ten years of a shared life marked by hunger “4 breething   being   singing   eeting   digesting speeking   saying   food   kissing   watr   love. ”

bill bissett

bill bissett opened Canadian poetry to postmodernism and from there proceeded in every direction all at once. Since his invention of the blewointment press in 1963, bissett has worked diligently to explode all boundaries of author, text, and context, radically disrupting static and disciplinary modes of art making. Read, taught, studied, and imitated all around the world, he now lives in Toronto, painting and writing somewhere between painting and poetry.

derek beaulieu is the author 9 books of poetry and conceptual fiction, editor of the acclaimed small presses housepress and No Press and co-editor of Writing Surfaces: the Selected Fiction of John Riddell (2013). He is an instructor at Mount Royal University and the Alberta College of Art + Design. beaulieu's Seen of the Crime: Essays on Conceptual Writing was published in 2011.

Gregory Betts is the Director of Canadian Studies and the Graduate Program Director of Canadian and American Studies at Brock University. He is the author of five books of poetry, and the editor of four books of experimental Canadian writing. His monograph Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press.

Excerpt

life is strange

challenging  fr sure  oftn sew full uv pain  n oftn as
well   filld with beautiful moments  pleysyurs  that
transform us 2 nu undrstandings  n we can go 4 an
othr round  get anothr kik at th can  get our second
wind  n sumthings cum up in th nu mist fog morning
is it us  walking 2ward ourselvs  dropping in  saying
hello in th midst uv our sleep routeen  howard was
wundring abt all ths  dew we split from our bodee
selvs  as in astral travl  part uv us goez out 4 a whil
out uv erths lattitude evn  n th othr part stays at
home minding th store   ar we oftn diskonnekting
with ourselvs  have sum adventurs whil th othr
parts ar growing  dewing things  lerning nu skills
cumming back 2 us ovr th hill horizon sew happee
2 b cumming home agen  2 th familyar

brian was musing on all thees apertures n storeez
approaches 2 th strangeness uv being whil he was
working at th galleree wher he did filing phoning
hanging  selling   n talking with evreewun who wud
cum in  if they wer wanting 2 talk  a gud day was
xcellent peopul n xcellent conversaysyuns  leeding
sub textualee 2 a possibul sale  that wud get referrd
2  that wud give hope  or an xcellent n reel sale  that
wud afford reel hope n part uv th maintanens  sum
dayze it was difikult 2 conjure up all that  othr dayze
it was fine  latelee no sales  no hints  no jestyurs

Reviews

“…plays with connections and tensions between images and language by weaving together drawings, visual poems, lyric poems, and prose while telling the story of the relationship between two gay men through several stages of their lives. In classic bissett style, the short sections are written in phonetic rather than grammatical English and often integrate discussions between the characters on meditation, metaphysics, and the challenge of overcoming fears, traumas, and disappointments. The spiritual, Zen-like focus of the book adds to the salience of the psychedelic images and weaves them into the narrative. … noteworthy, especially for bissett’s mesmerizing images and their interactions with the language surrounding them … an interesting and intriguing reading/viewing of the struggles of coming to terms with, and visualizing, a tumultuous world and ‘how we feel abt unsirtintee. ’”
Canadian Literature

“an oddity even by bissett standards, not because of its content but because it purports to be a narrative … Loosely speaking, it’s the tale of two new lovers, ‘howard n brian,’ and the setting is domestic, but even so their encounters, dialogues, and interior monologues shine with the golden light of bissett’s illumination. Which, by the way, is capable of transforming even the most banal thought into poetry. ”
– Georgia Straight

“an oddity even by bissett standards, not because of its content but because it purports to be a narrative … Loosely speaking, it’s the tale of two new lovers, ‘howard n brian,’ and the setting is domestic, but even so their encounters, dialogues, and interior monologues shine with the golden light of bissett’s illumination. Which, by the way, is capable of transforming even the most banal thought into poetry. ”
– Georgia Straight

“…plays with connections and tensions between images and language by weaving together drawings, visual poems, lyric poems, and prose while telling the story of the relationship between two gay men through several stages of their lives. In classic bissett style, the short sections are written in phonetic rather than grammatical English and often integrate discussions between the characters on meditation, metaphysics, and the challenge of overcoming fears, traumas, and disappointments. The spiritual, Zen-like focus of the book adds to the salience of the psychedelic images and weaves them into the narrative. … noteworthy, especially for bissett’s mesmerizing images and their interactions with the language surrounding them … an interesting and intriguing reading/viewing of the struggles of coming to terms with, and visualizing, a tumultuous world and ‘how we feel abt unsirtintee. ’”
Canadian Literature

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