Bloody Jack by Dennis CooleyBloody Jack by Dennis Cooley

Bloody Jack

byDennis CooleyIntroduction byDouglas Barbour

Paperback | December 6, 2002

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You are about to read a book like no other. Bloody Jack is a collection about the making and unmaking of story, of poetry and of history. Based loosely on the life of John Krafchenko, a notorious Manitoban outlaw, the poems of Bloody Jack turn fact and fiction upside down and inside out. Travel with Jack and his beloved Penny, experience both writing and being written, reading and being read. You begin to remember what you have not yet known and did not yet realize you were missing. Dennis Cooley has added more than a dozen new poems to this revised edition, extending his playful relationship with the already elusive text. Poet and scholar Douglas Barbour's contextual introduction helps the reader understand both the original volume and the wonder of its new existence. By turns earthy and earnest, soulful and sly, Bloody Jack is a rollicking, fun-filled riot of a volume by one of Canada's favourite poets.
dennis cooley was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan. He later moved to Manitoba, where he helped to start the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and was a founding member of Turnstone Press. He taught Canadian literature, poetry, creative writing, and literary theory at the University of Manitoba. He has published widely, including well over a dozen...
Title:Bloody JackFormat:PaperbackPublished:December 6, 2002Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888643918

ISBN - 13:9780888643919

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Editorial Reviews

"Based loosely on the infamous Manitoban outlaw John 'Jack' Krafchenko, Bloody Jack employs a Rabelaisian verve to explore and explode the notions of history, poetry, story, language, author and reader. As it vaguely but insistently charts western Canadian culture, it becomes a catalogue of literary parodies, of (cunning) linguistic possibilities, brimming over with poetic extravaganza....In relation to the original 1984 publication, this revised, expanded edition pushes the sense of playfulness even further: film scripts, synoptical prose pieces, and reflections on the status as a new edition (in its 'late teens') add more dimensions to the text-as-process....Bloody Jack (2002)-bigger, bolder, more self-reflexive-has yet increased its value, through its many expansions (more than twenty new pieces) and through Canadian poet and critic Douglas Barbour's ingenious introduction, a poetic analysis and contextualisation of Cooley's major achievement. This beautiful reissue will (again) earn the book the status of a prairie literature classic. It will cement, once and for all, the standing of Cooley-that body vernacular incarnate who has published a dozen books of one of Canada's leading poets." Markus M. Muller, Germany, British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol.17, No. 1, 2004