Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic

By (author): Jake Kennedy

Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic is to Canadian poetry what Francis Ponge’s steaming brioches are to Parisian cobblestone. In other words, this is a book that revels in the that-which-gets-left-behind and is just plain old fascinated with the plop of things. Metaphor is plundered as a doorway into the attic of the basement of objects and animals and phenomena, and inside you’ll find poem-studies about hammers, tigers, grass, fire, cat piss, killing floors and many other oh my’s. You’ll also find several poems about the works and days of artsy folk like Samuel Beckett, Cy Twombly, Gertrude Stein, Kathe Kollwitz, Louise Bourgeois, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paul Celan, and John Cage. Dear Reader, you’ll even find to your ev.er.la.sting enjoyment a pantoum about your keyboard and a sestina about your (sorry!) George Bush. You’ll also see a lyric flashing devil horns. What else? Why, a poem about the sea, a poem about a moose, a poem about a frying pan. Apollinaire’s Speech to the War Medic is object-stew—please eat it up, yum.


Jake Kennedy

Jake Kennedy was born in the tobacco-land of Woodstock, Ontario, and grew up in the big-box-land of Mississauga, Ontario. Now Jake lives and works happily in the Okanagan. Some of Jake’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Pissing Ice Anthology: New Canadian Poets, Drunken Boat, Kiss Machine, and The Diagram. His Book*hug chapbook, Hazard, won the 2007 bpnichol Chapbook Award. with his artist friend Paola Poletto, Kennedy co-edited Boredom Fighters: A Graphic Poem Anthology in 2008. He received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for The Lateral, published by Snare Books. He is working currently on an entirely made-up (but reverent) biography of New York poet-architect Madeline Gins. He is also co-compiling, with his great friend kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Death Valley: a Collaborative Community Novel.


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96 Pages
7.60in * 5.50in * .20in


May 30, 2011


Book*hug Press



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