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Signal Fires

by Christopher Dewdney

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Christopher Dewdney’s love for the landscape and the flora and fauna of southwestern Ontario has provoked some of the most gorgeously erotic prose ever to appear in this country. From that love, augmented by ardent research in the field, emerges a marvellously compelling, futuristic vision of time and space collapsed into near-simultaneity. Books IV and V of The Natural History of Southwestern Ontario, presented in Signal Fires, are self-contained sections of a continuing prose poem deeply satisfying in its density. The New-Old World of this long poem, written over a fifteen-year period, is sensuously and conceptually so immediate that orgasm and epiphany are one in it. This is writing, and reading, as immersion. Accompanying the natural histories in Signal Fires are poems with a different but equally involving music, lyrics of loss and redemption in which human relationships are central.

About the Author

Christopher Dewdney

Christopher Dewdney has served as writer-in-residence at Trent, Western, and York universities. Featured in Ron Mann’s film Poetry in Motion with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Michael Ondaatje, and Tom Waits, Dewdney has presented his groundbreaking poetics across North America and Europe. He also creates acoustic and visual art, along with incisive arts commentary for print.

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Christopher Dewdney has published more than eleven volumes of poetry. He has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award three times and has won first prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry. He is also a media and culture commentator, and appears on TVO’s Studio 2 among other television and radio programs. Dewdney lives in Toronto, where he teaches writing and Cultural Studies at York University.

Editorial Review

“These poems have a haunting, stately quality: they truly suggest the ‘mystery/of everything’ as manifested in the act of love.”
Globe and Mail
“Dewdney has undergone a transformation; his poetry has taken on greater humanity and been touched by love, while still in touch with the gods.”
Quill & Quire
“[His] poems have a painful, visceral quality to them that rasps against the cerebral and genteel aspects of their presentation. They are about the redemption of human misery magnified to the highest power.”
Eye Magazine
“[He has] fashioned a body of work that is original, challenging, witty, stylistically versatile, and remarkably cohesive.”
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