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Bloody Jack

by (author) Dennis Cooley

introduction by Douglas Barbour

Publisher
The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2002
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780888643919
    Publish Date
    Dec 2002
    List Price
    $19.95

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You are about to read a book like no other. Bloody Jack is a collection about the making and unmaking of story, of poetry and of history. Based loosely on the life of John Krafchenko, a notorious Manitoban outlaw, the poems of Bloody Jack turn fact and fiction upside down and inside out. Dennis Cooley has added more than a dozen new poems to this revised edition and Douglas Barbour has written an introduction. By turns earthy and earnest, soulful and sly, Bloody Jack is a rollicking, fun-filled riot of a volume by one of Canada's favourite poets. "Bloody Jack is back again, bigger, bolder, sweeter and even more outrageous." -David Arnason

About the authors

Dennis Cooley grew up in Estevan, Saskatchewan, and attended the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Rochester. He is an active member of the writing community in Winnipeg and teaches at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba. His latest book of poetry is the bentleys (2006).

Nicole Markotić is a poet and critic who teaches at the University of Windsor and edits the chapbook publication Wrinkle Press. She has published two poetry books, Connect the Dots and Minotaurs & Other Alphabets, as well as a fictional biography of Alexander Graham Bell, Yellow Pages. She is currently completing a novel.

Dennis Cooley's profile page

Douglas Barbour is a professor in the Department of English, University of Alberta, where he teaches creative writing, modern poetry, Canadian Literature, and science fiction and fantasy. His critical books include studies of poets Daphne Marlatt, John Newlove, and bpNichol (all ECW Press 1992), and Michael Ondaatje (Twayne 1993). Volumes of poetry includeVisible Visions Selected Poems (NeWest Press 1984),Story for a Saskatchewan Night (rdcpress 1989),Fragmenting Body etc (NeWest Press 2000) and, most recently,Lyric/Antilyric (NeWest Press 2001).

Douglas Barbour's profile page

Awards

  • Unknown, Alberta Book Awards - Book Design of the Year (Silver)

Editorial Reviews

"Dennis Cooley's Bloody Jack is a huge Rabelaisian romp through western Canadian culture, an endless proliferation of language and image, a story too big to fit into a book, so that it explodes our notions of genre and poetics. It is comic, philosophical, tender, violent, elegant, vernacular and above all entertaining. When the first edition came out some critics were outraged by its aesthetics of excess, but it soon became one of the key texts in prairie writing. It's back again, bigger, bolder, sweeter and even more outrageous." -david arnason

"The original version of Bloody Jack was released in 1984 by Turnstone Press. For this newer version Cooley has updated and expanded the work, adding dozens of new poems, dropping some, and changing numerous others. Interestingly, this turns the work into an almost continuous project, not unlike Whitman's Leaves of Grass perhaps.. Many of the poems in this work have a beauty and honesty to them that is breathtaking, and even those that seem to defy easy interpretation reveal a command of language that any writer would envy." (Complete review: http://www.prairiefire.mb.ca/reviews/cooley_d.html) Lorne Roberts, Prairie Fire Review of Books

"Rowdy and raunchy, tender and beseeching, philosophic and colloquial, inviting and dangerous-Bloody Jack is packed full of everything. And then for good measure Dennis Cooley adds a knowledge of poetic forms that is equally a catalogue of surprises and revelations. The poem as love lyric. The poem as murder mystery. The poem as treasure-trove. Bloody Jack makes you, in all kinds of wonderful ways, catch your breath." -Robert Kroetsch

"Based loosely on the infamous Manitoban outlaw John 'Jack' Krafchenko, Bloody Jack employs a Rabelaisian verve to explore and explode the notions of history, poetry, story, language, author and reader. As it vaguely but insistently charts western Canadian culture, it becomes a catalogue of literary parodies, of (cunning) linguistic possibilities, brimming over with poetic extravaganza....In relation to the original 1984 publication, this revised, expanded edition pushes the sense of playfulness even further: film scripts, synoptical prose pieces, and reflections on the status as a new edition (in its 'late teens') add more dimensions to the text-as-process....Bloody Jack (2002)-bigger, bolder, more self-reflexive-has yet increased its value, through its many expansions (more than twenty new pieces) and through Canadian poet and critic Douglas Barbour's ingenious introduction, a poetic analysis and contextualisation of Cooley's major achievement. This beautiful reissue will (again) earn the book the status of a prairie literature classic. It will cement, once and for all, the standing of Cooley-that body vernacular incarnate who has published a dozen books of poetry...as one of Canada's leading poets." Markus M. Muller, Germany, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol.17, No. 1, 2004

"Bloody Jack is a collection of free-verse poetry by Canadian poet Dennis Cooley and is loosely based upon the life of John Krafchenko, a notorious Manitoban outlaw. Ranging the gamut from love lyrics, to a 'murder whodunit,' to philosophical conundrums, to the humdrum daily life, the unusual spacing of lines adds a distinctive flavor to the evocative and captivating verses." The Midwest Book Review

"Based loosely on the infamous Manitoban outlaw John 'Jack' Krafchenko, Bloody Jack employs a Rabelaisian verve to explore and explode the notions of history, poetry, story, language, author and reader. As it vaguely but insistently charts western Canadian culture, it becomes a catalogue of literary parodies, of (cunning) linguistic possibilities, brimming over with poetic extravaganza....In relation to the original 1984 publication, this revised, expanded edition pushes the sense of playfulness even further: film scripts, synoptical prose pieces, and reflections on the status as a new edition (in its 'late teens') add more dimensions to the text-as-process....Bloody Jack (2002)-bigger, bolder, more self-reflexive-has yet increased its value, through its many expansions (more than twenty new pieces) and through Canadian poet and critic Douglas Barbour's ingenious introduction, a poetic analysis and contextualisation of Cooley's major achievement. This beautiful reissue will (again) earn the book the status of a prairie literature classic. It will cement, once and for all, the standing of Cooley-that body vernacular incarnate who has published a dozen books of poetry...as one of Canada's leading poets." Markus M. Muller, Germany, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol.17, No. 1, 2004

"Dennis Cooley's Bloody Jack uses the story of Manitoba outlaw John Krafchenko as the launching pad for a playful and seemingly lawless exploration of poetry and language. First published in 1984, the book was an important part of the development of Canadian postmodern poetics.... A brief, lucid introduction by Douglas Barbour places the book in context.... The new text contains changes and additions.... This injection of new blood makes the volume less a 'republication' than the rebirth of a living and important piece of work." Harry Vandervlist, Quill & Quire starred review

"Based loosely on the infamous Manitoban outlaw John 'Jack' Krafchenko, Bloody Jack employs a Rabelaisian verve to explore and explode the notions of history, poetry, story, language, author and reader. As it vaguely but insistently charts western Canadian culture, it becomes a catalogue of literary parodies, of (cunning) linguistic possibilities, brimming over with poetic extravaganza....In relation to the original 1984 publication, this revised, expanded edition pushes the sense of playfulness even further: film scripts, synoptical prose pieces, and reflections on the status as a new edition (in its 'late teens') add more dimensions to the text-as-process....Bloody Jack (2002)-bigger, bolder, more self-reflexive-has yet increased its value, through its many expansions (more than twenty new pieces) and through Canadian poet and critic Douglas Barbour's ingenious introduction, a poetic analysis and contextualisation of Cooley's major achievement. This beautiful reissue will (again) earn the book the status of a prairie literature classic. It will cement, once and for all, the standing of Cooley-that body vernacular incarnate who has published a dozen books of poetry...as one of Canada's leading poets." Markus M. Muller, Germany, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol.17, No. 1, 2004

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