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Poetry Women Authors

No Town Called We

by (author) Nikki Reimer

Publisher
Talonbooks
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Category
Women Authors, Death, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772015492
    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price
    $18.95

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Description

No Town Called We writes through the death of elders, social panic, and the climate crisis via the lens of the multiply disabled, female-coded body approaching midlife. Punching through the veils of complacency and greed that shape the cultures of the petrostate, these poems are meditations on an emergency, dispatches from wombat burrows and prairie hospitals. They consider the variegated forms grief can take, both marking and resisting their own decay. Reimer asks: How do you and I relate? How might we commune? Can we enjoy our sick prostrated time? What does it mean to occupy a land? What duty of care do we owe each other? And poet, what have you done with the moon?

About the author

NIKKI REIMER (she/her/they/them) is a multimedia artist and writer and chronically ill neurodivergent prairie settler currently living in Mohkinstsis/Calgary. She has been involved with arts and writing communities, primarily in Calgary and Vancouver, for over twenty years. They are the author of four books of poetry and multiple essays on grief. GRIEFWAVE.com, a multimedia, web-based, extended elegy, was launched in February 2022. Frequent themes Reimer explores through their work include feminism, the body, the Anthropocene, late capitalism, death, grief, loss, and animal subjectivity.Though their practice began in the literary arts, Reimer's artistic work has taken turns into multiple forms of interdisciplinary artmaking, including visual art and video, installation work, and performance practice. "Trigger Warning," a play commissioned by Swallow A Bicycle Theatre Company for their ten year anniversary retrospective, explores how gossip and the whisper network can both combat and reify rape culture within Canadian cultural circles. Reimer's work has been extensively reviewed, often noting their embrace of dark humour and feminist refusal. Visit reimerwrites.com.

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Awards

  • Long-listed, Pat Lowther Memorial Award
  • Long-listed, Raymond Souster Award

Editorial Reviews

"intense and witty, sweet and sullen, calm and spontaneous … Reimer says what we all wish we could and what we all wish we had" – THIS Magazine

"Throughout the collection, the (sick) body and the (sick) city refract one another, a theme Reimer confronts with urgency by writing into the political vector of caring" – the Winnipeg Free Press

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