From poet-provocateur Moez Surani comes Operations--a book-length poetic inventory of contemporary rhetoric of violence and aggression, as depicted through the evolution of the language used to name the many military operations conducted by UN Member Nations since the organization's inception in 1945.
With Operations, Surani draws on contemporary poetic traditions, including conceptual and inventory poetics, to accomplish two important things: On the one hand, he shows that no word is free from connoting violence, while on the other hand, he provokes readers to consider whether their personal values match the values of the military operation that are conducted by their countries.
By pulling military language away from euphemism--effectively, making it account for its doublespeaking ways--Operations gives voice to the many lives lost in conflicts around the world, in a volume that will speak equally to lovers of contemporary poetry, language, and linguistics, as to readers interested in politics, international relations, and public discourse.
Moez Surani is a poet and writer from Toronto, Ontario. His writing has been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals, including Vallum and Prairie Fire. He has served as a writer-in-residence for the Toronto Catholic District School Board and curator for the Strong Words Reading Series. His multi-lingual upbringing is reflected in his award-winning writing.