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DOWNVERSE

by (author) Nikki Reimer

Publisher
Talonbooks
Initial publish date
May 2013
Category
Canadian
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    ISBN
    9780889228542
    Publish Date
    May 2013
    List Price
    $16.95

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Description

In this quick-witted collection of poems, Nikki Reimer mines the language of new media – hashtags, YouTube comments, Twitter updates – to defamiliarize the very substance of modern life: the constellation of media-enforced ideals that barrage our newsfeeds, daily commutes to #work, and (mostly online) excursions to the (Apple) store. #nuffsaid
DOWNVERSE soothes the oversaturated reader. A natural translator, Reimer writes for anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the phrase “never read the comments.” Reimer has read all of the comments; paying close attention to musicality and her own poetic process, she guides found text into whiplike stanzas with original typos intact.
Conscious of its birthplace, DOWNVERSE crafts both an ode to and an elegy for Vancouver’s middle-class, Gen-Y, millennial angst, and even Vancouver itself – not the physical place, but rather the idea of #Vancouver, presented through images plastered over billboards and stamped into Special Edition footwear. In its shifty way, Reimer’s text alternates between the voices of Vancouver’s youth- and consumer-driven populace, asking the question, “What happens when The Market is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

About the author

Nikki Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction and micro-reviews, and dabbles in art. Published books are My Heart is a Rose Manhattan (Talon Books, 2019), DOWNVERSE (Talon Books, 2014) and [sic] (Frontenac House, 2010). She continues to live in Calgary, AB, on the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7.

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Editorial Reviews

“Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE registers the commotion of noise when it’s pronounced choice in the heated work of poetic composition. Right there, at the edge of the word, the phrase, the pronoun, the vortex of the sudden twists in the urgency of procedure. Her poetry has more to do with being there than getting there; each moment in the language opts for the next now. The advantage of total assault in this performance is understanding by immersion. Placed, justifiably, in the pantheon of recent city poems, the section ‘vancouverlament’ opens with ‘haute action material,’ a title that also accurately underscores this collection of writing as hot!”
– Fred Wah

Both a lament and an expression of frustration, DOWNVERSE perfectly captures the cynicism of a generation, but also represents a desire to find a pathway out of these mired conditions.”
Canadian Literature

"What Reimer ultimately delivers is a poetics of conjunction itself, a poetics in which even disjunction is a form of joining. Downverse is the reliquary appropriate to this alchemy of joining, and the multifarious, obstinate objects you will find within it become ever more fascinating as you turn them over in your hands." – Ethos Review

“Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE registers the commotion of noise when it’s pronounced choice in the heated work of poetic composition. Right there, at the edge of the word, the phrase, the pronoun, the vortex of the sudden twists in the urgency of procedure. Her poetry has more to do with being there than getting there; each moment in the language opts for the next now. The advantage of total assault in this performance is understanding by immersion. Placed, justifiably, in the pantheon of recent city poems, the section ‘vancouverlament’ opens with ‘haute action material,’ a title that also accurately underscores this collection of writing as hot!” – Fred Wah

“The poems in DOWNVERSE are centered in rage, boredom, grief, confusion and despair. Reimer displays a mistrust in the poem, while concurrently stretching the scope of what just might be possible.” – The Small Press Book Review

“… if Downverse succeeds where other works in a similar mien do not, it is because Reimer articulates a counter-grammar to its own cliché-laden registers. What Reimer ultimately delivers is a poetics of conjunction itself, a poetics in which even disjunction is a form of joining. Downverse is the reliquary appropriate to this alchemy of joining, and the multifarious, obstinate objects you will find within it become ever more fascinating as you turn them over in your hands.”
Ethos Review

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