Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
In the spirit of Bryan Sentes’s book, our fourth Argo Featured Reading took place at March’s end, facing the oncoming ‘Pril.
We had three introductory writers before Sentes. Here they are, in order of appearance:
#1: David Bradford is a man of both mystery and letters.
#2: Jason Freure is a Montreal-based writer, a recent graduate of Concordia University, and a busboy on Crescent Street. Heâ€™s the author of Irving Layton Award-winning â€œSt-Laurent Boulevard,â€ and has been published in The Maynard and the Show Thieves Anthology.
#3: Carina says â€œI am doing a Masters in Classical Studies. My thesis is going to be about the way that ancient Greek tragedy was used in South Africa during apartheid as a means to protest that regime and then after apartheid as a means to process what was and what could be. I mention Classics and apartheid because these things, though not always apparent, are the main preoccupations and influences in my writing. Besides that, I have lived in Montreal for a while now and like it just fine.â€
Our Feature: Bryan Sentes has published two books of poetry, Ladonian Magnitudes (DC Books, 2006) and before that, Grand Gnostic Central & other poems (DC Books, 1998). SentesÂ was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, earning a B.A. in philosophy (University of Regina, 1986) and an M.A. in English literature (Concordia University, 1990) before, during and after his residence there. Presently, he earns his living teaching English literature and composition at Dawson College and creative writing at Concordia University here in Montreal. He has read his poetry widely in both North America and Europe. Aside from poetry, he has published reviews, translations, and scholarship in the sociology of religion, mythology, and popular culture, and has conducted radio interviews with the likes of William Gibson and Martin Amis. He can be found on-line here, and can be found talking about his book here.
March End Prill (BookThug, 2011) is summarized to be a â€œperiplum [a map constructed in the course of the voyage] songline that charts a way through our S.A.D. Zeitgeist to a thawing of the sources of speech song,â€ and this description is no shortage of promise for the reading. Sentes has filled his latest collection with rollicking word-work, disjointed phrases and combinations of words that give new meaning to portmanteaux. What we have here is a wonderful recalling of Roman Jakobsonâ€™s â€œorganized violence on ordinary speechâ€, where Sentes is putting the hyper in hypertext, playing with typeface, allusion, personal account and structure, to mention only a few.