Transcona Fragments

By (author): Jon Paul Fiorentino

transcona fragments is Jon Paul Fiorentino’s second collection of poems. The book’s point of departure is the suburban community of Transcona, a railway town that has been stitched to the city of Winnipeg.

The poems move from vivid imagistic fragments that capture the essence of Transcona, to explorations of familial history, to sensitive, self-referential engagement of the “lyric I” – a voice made up of melancholy, anxiety and psychotropic experience. These are poems that offer the reader unique notions of home, memory, and self.


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.


“transcona fragments is a poetic disavowal, a landscape stripped of pretense. We are left wandering the streets of Transcona, terrified and strangely free. Fiorentino is 21st Century Beat, a Canadian Ginsberg ranting and restless.” —Robert Budde


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transcona fragments ah, good old ground tasting like invasive snow salt reeling under exhaust (no matter the cost) and don’t forget to write from the east where you will sit in a state of abandoned bliss stitched to a street that hardly knows you unpacking that metaphor the unkempt gravel or tar of a transcona side street driving with your third eye on the road splaying yourself out the side window, with both eyes on what you know that taste, that region: gravel, tar, spit leaves of glass splinters on the dream road tin am radio chevrolet and a block heater and an electric blanket and a six pack for christmas park on the frigid plain, dig a ditch round the city plunge into floodway and dream headlong into traffic as if you had the guts as if you ever had the pleasure under windows laced with the thickest frost you ramble on about the weather and the family and i’m almost lured into your language until i recoil at the irrational flash of a police search light we quickly clothe ourselves and turn down the heater and turn up the radio and pretend to be innocents with decorative smiles for the constable who was hoping for something more cinematic

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96 Pages
6in * 5in * .29in


March 01, 2002


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