Fauxccasional Poems by Daniel Scott TysdalFauxccasional Poems by Daniel Scott Tysdal

Fauxccasional Poems

byDaniel Scott Tysdal

Paperback | September 15, 2015

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In Fauxccasional Poems, Daniel Scott Tysdal imagines himself into poetic voices not his own, writing to commemorate events that never occurred, for the posterity of alternative universes — and the delight of our own. From the reign of the first philosopher king once envisioned by Plato, to the twelfth-century Iroquois colonization of Europe, to Barack Obama's career as a poet, to the lasting peace to come under the rule of the Democratic Kampuchea Global Party, Tysdal envisions the paths not taken and what might have been. In these poems, the crew of the Enola Gay refuse to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, John F. Kennedy evades assassination, and Karl Marx moonlights as an agent provocateur for a capitalist consortium.

In a dizzying display of poetic insight, technical prowess, and playful parody, Fauxccasional Poems brings these alternate universes to life, forcing the reader to ponder the contingency of history and how each moment brings us to a thousand turning points. Despite our certainties, nothing is ever as it seems, and the future unfolds against our best designs. History is an unreliable vessel for the upwelling of our deepest hopes and fears, and in Tysdal's hands poetry shakes history by the lapels and shouts, "Wake up! Your time is now!"

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the author of two previous books of poetry, The Mourner's Book of Albums and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award, and the John V. Hicks Award. Tysdal's poems have also appeared in numerous li...
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Title:Fauxccasional PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.38 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864928726

ISBN - 13:9780864928726

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like Nothing Else Brilliant for anyone looking for something off the beaten track. Tysdal flexes several different poetic styles to bring different periods of history to light through the modern lens and ask "What If". His youtube channel by the same name of the book features produced readings and dramatizations of several of these poems. It's a wild ride looking at what our history could have been and I highly recommend this to my friends and family.
Date published: 2015-12-26

Editorial Reviews

In Fauxccasional Poems, Daniel Scott Tysdal imagines himself into poetic voices not his own, writing to commemorate events that never occurred, for the posterity of alternative universes — and the delight of our own. From the reign of the first philosopher king once envisioned by Plato, to the twelfth-century Iroquois colonization of Europe, to Barack Obama's career as a poet, to the lasting peace to come under the rule of the Democratic Kampuchea Global Party, Tysdal envisions the paths not taken and what might have been. In these poems, the crew of the Enola Gay refuse to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, John F. Kennedy evades assassination, and Karl Marx moonlights as an agent provocateur for a capitalist consortium. In a dizzying display of poetic insight, technical prowess, and playful parody, Fauxccasional Poems brings these alternate universes to life, forcing the reader to ponder the contingency of history and how each moment brings us to a thousand turning points. Despite our certainties, nothing is ever as it seems, and the future unfolds against our best designs. History is an unreliable vessel for the upwelling of our deepest hopes and fears, and in Tysdal's hands poetry shakes history by the lapels and shouts, "Wake up! Your time is now!" - 20150408"Here is the world's secret history, in a host of forgotten tongues. Ever since Tysdal's strange manuscript was discovered in a copper cylinder, Fauxcassional Poems has won all Wars of Art and spread Canada's empire across the globe. From Eliot's sabotaging of 'The Waste Land' to Kermit's Korean dictatorship, from Charles Manson's tweets to Nicolas Cage's casino paeans, from John Lennon's pro-war pop hit to an unreadable ode for the Y2K bug, all the poems you never imagined are here. With his earlier books, Tysdal showed us that he would try anything. With Fauxcassional Poems, Tysdal proves that he can do everything." — Jonathan Ball, author of The Politics of Knives - 20150902