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Based on Actual Events

by Robert Moore

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published: Oct 2016
ISBN:9781550654615
publisher: Vehicule Press
imprint: Signal Editions
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Taking its inspiration from the Melville’s famous line “If man will strike, strike through the mask!”, Based on Actual Events punches through the surface of visible things, grabbing wild at the drifting actual. Calling himself a “a realist in fabulist clothing,” Robert Moore gives us a book-length sequence of sleek, fiercely comic, colloquial poems whose aphoristic storytelling is pegged to a desire for sublimity. His project is to find new frames of reference for our estrangement from the world. With each burst of invention and stylistic high-spiritedness (“So we reverse engineered the awesome and all we got / was this lousy poesy”), Based on Actual Events adds up to be Moore’s best book yet.

“A poet of vast reference, combining interests in Greek myth, popular culture, natural observation, autobiography and, of course, literature.” —George Elliot Clarke, author, Execution Poems

“A knockout, full of insights, clever language, and humour—of both the mordant and laugh-out-loud variety . . . In the scope of his interests, he reminds me of a Don McKay or A. F. Moritz.” —Antigonish Review

About the Author
Robert Moore's previous books are So Rarely in Our Skins (2002), Museum Absconditum (2006] Figuring Ground (2009) and The Golden book of Bovinities (2012). He has been a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the ReLit Award. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick.
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