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Mysterious and sometimes hallucinogenic, RATS NEST builds a narrative out of the complexity and dialectical uncertainty that many people feel about being alive in the 21st century.

This first full-length book by Mat Laporte introduces readers to a protoplasmic, fantastical underworld, as navigated by a self-reproducing 3D Printed Kid made especially for this purpose.

As the Kid descends the layers of a seemingly never-ending pit, its nightmares and hallucinations—recorded in stunning detail—unfold in twelve chilling chapters of unreality that will make readers think twice about what it means to be a human (or humanoid) on the planet we call home.

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Praise for RATS NEST:

"RATS NEST is a fragmented and extended transmission from 'the world's first 3D Printed Kid.' It is a dissident, noir, cyberpunk diary that recalls the monotony of service/office labour and projects that struggle onto the failed tropes of 'what the future may hold.' Here, the future is a recursive failure of both affinity and empathy, launched from the outer reaches of a space-time where both identity and narrative are in flux. This is a work that simultaneously calls to mind Ovid's Metamorphosis and the prose of Philip K. Dick, both Alice Notley's Descent of Alette and the riotous 'cut-up' novels of Kathy Acker. Has Mat Laporte eaten our dreams? Are these texts the cognitive-enteric-cybernetic remnants of a necessarily alienated posthumanity? 'Bursting forth from the primordial/id itself … a flickering/non-linear flood of fact and sensory data,' Laporte has engendered for us an austere and gorgeous horror." —Liz Howard, 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize winner for Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

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Mat Laporte, born in Sault Ste. Marie, is a Toronto-based writer and co-founder of the micro-press Ferno House. Laporte is the author of a tetralogy of chapbooks: Demons, Billboards from Hell, Life Savings (nominated for the 2013 bpNichol Chapbook Award), and Bad Infinity. His poetry has been featured in numerous publications, including Poetry is Dead and Lemon Hound. RATS NEST is Laporte's first full-length book.

 
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 OTTAWA BOOK AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 ARCHIBALD LAMPMAN AWARD

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 RELIT AWARD

Conflict interweaves ghosts, bad communication, the uncanny and the archival, to create a collection of poems that break down remembrance into abandoned historic markers, jet fuel, keening, or teeth. What you are given (this is a gift) is an insistent refusal to silence or shift. In exchange, the reader must face the impossibility of erasure, a gritty resistance to mourn a fight. Conflict is a collection of red balloons that intersplices and interweaves through various forms of conflict that occur in language, motion, architecture, emotions; between individuals, systems, and mechanical silences.

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Praise for Christine McNair:

"McNair is a one-woman fireworks spectacle."

— Grady Harp via literaryaficionado.com

"McNair takes us through poetry that forms together, while simultaneously breaking free from itself and forcing us to focus on our own loves and limitations."

— Cassie Leigh via greyborders.blogspot.ca

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Christine McNair was born on June 6, 1978, (the sixth day of the sixth month at six-fifty-six.)  She completed a BA (Hons) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art History.  She also completed a Master's degree in Conservation Studies (Books and Library Materials) at West Dean College in the UK.  Besides being a writer, McNair works full time at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa, in a special agency of the Department of Heritage, as a book "doctor" or Conservator. Conflict is her first book.

 
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It's been 150 years since Alice first entered Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's beloved classic book. My, how times have changed! Now, from the multi-award-winning poet and scholar Steve McCaffery comes Alice in Plunderland, a reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice books that will forever change the way readers negotiate Wonderland and its menagerie of characters.

Written as part of a larger project called Chiasmus, in which McCaffery will "queer the classics," Plunderland's Alice and all of the other characters become infused with qualities related to the notion of "plunder"—theft, drug addiction, looting and civil disorder. Instilled with humour, intelligence, and more than a little bit of absurdity, this retelling of Alice’s adventures takes place somewhere other than expected. In the rough-and-tumble world of Plunderland, where theft, drugs, and gangs hold sway, and nary a tea party is to be found, the Cheshire Cat is a junky from the UK; the King and Queen hold court over the land of Cocaine; even Alice's adventures are transformed in her quest for a fix.

As the result of McCaffery's theory of "palindromic time" by which the past is contemporized and the present historicized, fans of McCaffery’s work will find plenty of poetic marvel to sink their teeth into. In Alice in Plunderland, his first foray into prose-parody, McCaffery's innovative poetics transform a classic story, and in doing so, break open an exciting new initiative for fans of experimental poetics and linguistics in the years to come.

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Praise for Steve McCafferey's Panopticon

Panopticon is ultimately a profoundly optimistic work, a leap of faith that chooses to revel in the opacity of language.— Sam Rowe

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Author of around 40 books of poetry and criticism published variously in Canada, England, and the United States, McCaffery was a founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen (with bpNichol of TRG—The Toronto Research Group), and a founding theorist of Language Poetry. He has published three previous titles with BookThug: a revised second edition of Panopticon, The Basho Variations, and Every Way Oakly (homolinguistic translations of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons), as well as editing the first Canadian edition of Stein's book of that name. He is the two-time recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, and was shortlisted twice for the Governor General's Award in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Buffalo, NY, where he is the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University at Buffalo.

 
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Alden Nowlan's "A Boy's Life of Napoleon" is a brilliant piece of short fiction adapted from Nowlan's first novel, The Wanton Troopers, written in 1960 but published posthumously in 1988. Published on the occasion of Goose Lane Editions's 60th anniversary, it is also available as part of the six@sixty collection.

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Alden Nowlan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1933. Though he was largely self-taught, he was a prolific writer who published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. He received a Governor General's Award in 1967 for Bread, Wine and Salt (1967), and in the same year won a Guggenheim Fellowship. He became the writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick in 1969, a position he held until his death in 1983.

 
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