Ten-Headed Alien

By David James Brock

Ten-Headed Alien
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Ten-Headed Alien draws from sci-fi and poli-sci, prog rock and politics, climate fiction and ancient mythology to create poems that are at once global and personal. The opening sections of the book take the reader on a harrowing sea-to-sky epic, from a drunken plane crash in ... Read more


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Ten-Headed Alien draws from sci-fi and poli-sci, prog rock and politics, climate fiction and ancient mythology to create poems that are at once global and personal. The opening sections of the book take the reader on a harrowing sea-to-sky epic, from a drunken plane crash in the BC interior to the quiet beaches of Crete. Mythological creatures battle for the attention of an inverted mermaid, bionic pigeons flee their creators, barflies conjure soulmates, balloon farms exist on the moon and pigs, of course, fly. From Lake Nipissing to the moons of Jupiter, these poems travel around the world (and off it) united by the language of human fragility, and a sense of the body as engineered, temporary and exquisitely sad.

The book's final section brings an uncanny ten-headed alien to Earth and the apocalypse that unfolds is complex and devastating. Ten-Headed Alien, broad in scope, revels in strange, protean imagery to explore the swamps between our natural and technological worlds.

David James Brock

Poet, playwright, and librettist David James Brock lives in Toronto, but he has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Victoria, British Columbia. He holds various degrees in literature, science, and creative writing. He is a graduate of the Tapestry Opera librettist's workshop and a veteran of the Fringe Festival theatre scene. His plays and operas have been produced in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Edinburgh, London, San Francisco, and other cities. His most frequent collaborator is the Scotland-based composer Gareth Williams. There are forthcoming productions of Brock's stage works in New York City, Toronto, the UK, and elsewhere.

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