Gustave Morin has spent a life carving out a bold and courageous body of work that questions and expands the definition of poetry.
The vision and the range of his work, including the books Clean Sails (2015), The Etcetera Barbecue (2008), and A Penny Dreadful (2003), show him as one of the more accomplished literary innovators in our age, committed as he is to the opposite of whatever the official culture endorses.
His new book Gongo Dodan is comprised of sixty-two unusual poems, of course. Gustave Morin's poems have never played by the rules, opting instead to playing for keeps, gleefully channelling those cosmic and eternal verities that have long been associated with both the written word and the colossal image.
Gongo Dodan is the result of a lifetime of absorbed aesthetic philosophy shot through many critical social commentaries, all of which serve to illustrate how an amalgamation of a knowledge of the arts, when applied to the art of writing artfully, can come to inhabit one word pushed beyond its own inevitable plasticity -- poetry.
About the author
Gustave Morin makes his happy home at The Grove Stand -- located on the outer edge of the Sun Parlour of Canada -- in the frontier metropolis known as Windsor/Detroit. There he is deeply involved with Common Ground, an art gallery; Media City, a film festival; Imprimerie Espontaneo, a publishing enterprise; and 23 Skidoo!, an independent film ensemble. In addition to his many dark arts, he holds a fireworks operator certificate and is a member in good standing of both CUPE 543 and I.A.T.S.E. local 580. Oi! to the savant garde!