Surplus

By Roger Farr

Surplus
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"Roger Farr appropriates the sonnet to investigate, directly address, and to map the rolling geographies of global capitalism, and its even meaner, sharper–toothed offspring, neolliberalism. A global poetics of place materializes in Surplus as Farr lays out and points to ... Read more


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"Roger Farr appropriates the sonnet to investigate, directly address, and to map the rolling geographies of global capitalism, and its even meaner, sharper–toothed offspring, neolliberalism. A global poetics of place materializes in Surplus as Farr lays out and points to with disgust, amazement, and critique the very processes by which capital makes its demands for greater surplus at this historical moment. The question Farr pointedly asks through this poetics is both intensely social and aesthetic: How can the technique for art 'to make the known / Unfamiliar,' work in a time when the very processes that buffet everyday life and rasp social reproduction are made immaterial? How can the immateriality and abstraction of surplus capital be defamiliarized? How can the very material and active dispossession of common goods and public spaces, of centre cities, of water, of pensions, of DNA, and of the future be "laid bare" before they are even adequately named? Surplus is embedded into a vital moment of poetry and poetics in North America where the very conditions that culture (and history are produced under ––– the astonishing meanness and destructiveness of neloliberalism ––– calls daily for a poetics to roughen up the surface of the present and to ask the fundamental questions concerning where social change has and will come from. Surplus is an important book in the growing cultural front."
––– Jeff Derksen
".. . a poet of great heart and aesthetic / politcal commitment, constitutive of a fierce sincerity. He descends like Orpheus into the dorkish aleatorical yet never remains walling in an opportunistic rhetorical stage. 'Tis a Farr, Farr better thing he do."
––– Dorothy Trujillo Lusk

Roger Farr

Described as "a poet of great heart and aesthetic / political commitment", Roger Farr is the author SURPLUS (poetry; Line Books, 2006), and MEANS (poetry, radio script, prose; Line Books, 2012). As a cultural critic, his writing on radical social movements and the avant-garde has appeared in numerous literary and "movement" periodicals, and has been broadcast on the airwaves of several pirate radio stations on the West Coast of North America. He teaches in the Creative Writing and Culture and Technology Programs at Capilano University, Vancouver BC, and edits CUE Books.

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