Polyamorous Love Song

By Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Song
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From interdisciplinary writer and performer Jacob Wren comes Polyamorous Love Song, a novel of intertwined narratives concerning the relationship between artists and the world. Shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, readers will become acquainted with a world ... Read more


Overview

From interdisciplinary writer and performer Jacob Wren comes Polyamorous Love Song, a novel of intertwined narratives concerning the relationship between artists and the world. Shot through with unexpected moments of sex and violence, readers will become acquainted with a world that is at once the same and opposite from the one in which they live. With a diverse palette of vivid characters - from people who wear furry mascot costumes at all times, to a group of "New Filmmakers" that devises increasingly unexpected sexual scenarios with complete strangers, to a secret society that concocts a virus that only infects those on the political right - Wren's avant-garde Polyamorous Love Song (finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose) will appeal to readers with an interest in the visual arts, theatre, and performance of all types.

Jacob Wren

Jacob Wren is a writer, filmmaker and theatre director. He co-founded Candid Stammer Theatre in Toronto in 1988, and in 2002 moved to Montreal to become co-artistic director of the theatre company PME. His work attempts to find ways of speaking casually to the audience - through both words and movement - ways that are ironic and sincere. Theatre productions include: How An Intellectual Can Aspire To Savagery!; But Love Is Too Simple To Save Us; I Cut, You Bleed; En francais comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize; Recent Experiences and Revolutions in Therapy (both co-written and co-directed with Nadia Ross) and Unrehearsed Beauty / Le Genie des Autres. Interdisciplinary performances include: Every Song I Have Ever Written, Five Important Books (Mercer Union, Dare Dare & Kyhber Centre for the Arts) and Spontaneous Collaborations. Published books include: My Tongue, My Teeth, Your Voice; 62 Rock Videos For Songs That Will Never Exist (both Exile Editions) and Unrehearsed Beauty (Coach House Books). His theatre work has been performed in Norway, the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, and the Netherlands as well as in New York, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec City, Halifax and Montreal. Jacob Wren is a writer, filmmaker and theatre director. He co-founded Candid Stammer Theatre in Toronto in 1988, and in 2002 moved to Montreal to become co-artistic director of the theatre company PME. His work attempts to find ways of speaking casually to the audience - through both words and movement - ways that are ironic and sincere. Theatre productions include: How An Intellectual Can Aspire To Savagery!; But Love Is Too Simple To Save Us; I Cut, You Bleed; En francais comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize; Recent Experiences and Revolutions in Therapy (both co-written and co-directed with Nadia Ross) and Unrehearsed Beauty / Le Genie des Autres. Interdisciplinary performances include: Every Song I Have Ever Written, Five Important Books (Mercer Union, Dare Dare & Kyhber Centre for the Arts) and Spontaneous Collaborations. Published books include: My Tongue, My Teeth, Your Voice; 62 Rock Videos For Songs That Will Never Exist(both Exile Editions) and Unrehearsed Beauty (Coach House Books). His theatre work has been performed in Norway, the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, France, England, Wales, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, and the Netherlands as well as in New York, Toronto, Calgary, Quebec City, Halifax and Montreal.

Reviews

Praise for Polyamorous Love Song:

Polyamorous Love Song is...surreal, transgressive, and unsettling. It has the capacity to not only deliver itself like a punch to the gut but also leave a lingering sting. - Quill and Quire (Starred review)

The book of your dreams....
- Globe and Mail

At once thoughtful, thrilling, terrifying, comedic and disturbing...
- Cult MTL

Polyamorous Love Song sets up every human being as an artist - oversexed, furry and holding a gun - to play through wicked palindromes of sex performance and political protest. This book notably asks: Are we all pretending? Wren mines the ethical implications of both hidden literature and mass entertainment. Reading it, I wondered why I wasn't more afraid.
- Tamara Faith Berger

Everything Jacob Wren touches interests me, excites me - he's both sophisticated and innocent in attitude - he's a kind of wise old man and open-hearted lover. With his vivacious ideas, word play, and the serious and inane served up on a plate - Wren lifts my spirits, intellectual and other, because to know he's writing so beautifully in this mad, sad world is a wonderful thing.
- Lynne Tilman

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