Needs Improvement

By (author): Jon Paul Fiorentino

Whether misreading sixth?grade pedagogical materials or offering visual schematics for reading Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, Jon Paul Fiorentino’?s sixth poetry collection asks us to reconsider our engagement with received information —?? but does so with a wink during detention, a dodgeball to the gut during recess.

Needs Improvement is as a book of a new logic making its way from witty statements to slow moving alyric villanelles, achieving brilliantly a contemporary sense of streaming among words, places and “no self.” Whether this feeling comes from rearranged intentions, satirical knowledge, wise and displaced arguments, each page points a finger at language and does so with “no fears.”‘ ? —?? Nicole Brossard


Jon Paul Fiorentino

Jon Paul Fiorentino was the founder and head editor of the innovative dark leisure magazine. He was raised in Winnipeg, and currently resides in Montreal, where he is editor of Matrix magazine. He is the author of Transcona Fragments and Strip Malling.


  • A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry 2014, Short-listed
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    88 Pages

    0.29lb0.01in6.13in * 7.85in


    September 02, 2013


    Coach House Books



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