Pound @ Guntanamo by Clint BurnhamPound @ Guntanamo by Clint Burnham

Pound @ Guntanamo

byClint Burnham

Paperback | April 6, 2016

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Poems reflect on connections between Ezra Pound, imprisoned at Pisa after World War II, and military prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.Throughout these poems is a meeting of obscene or politically charged material, as well as commentary on language usage under extreme circumstances of duress such as the Arab Spring. This is poetry written under conditions of wartime. The title implies an analogy between Ezra Pound, imprisoned at Pisa after World War II, and the inhabitants of the military and CIA prisons at Guantánamo Bay.Poems cross the page or are more architectural, in tight columns, or curve like a cyberpunk office tower. Entire continents are leaped across in a line or two: from Burquitlam Plaza to Redondo Beach metro stop/Bush with Burqas for the B.U." but written in a city where bus drivers fix their trolley lines, and Squamish is a place you drive to, in your imagination, during a job interview conducted over the phone.Place, in this poetry, is both a name (but whose name? the colonizer? first nation? mall developer?) and a root that grows in one's popularculture as the only way to recognize the war machine ("why Cadence Weapon left Friendster / why the Flava Flav transformer twins're buck-toothed"). A final word on style: Burnham's language is compressed like an MP3 file (a format that uses lossy compression)."

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Clint Burnham is widely published as a critical theorist, poet, and author of books on digital culture. He is the author of book-length studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson, a novel titled Smoke Show (2005), and several books of poetry, including The Benjamin Sonnets, published in 2009. His most recent critical book is The On...
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Title:Pound @ GuntanamoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.01 × 7.84 × 0.25 inPublished:April 6, 2016Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889229791

ISBN - 13:9780889229792

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The twenty poems of Pound @ Guantanamo exist in a space both temporal and geographic, as well as virtuall ... Originally emerging from the 1980s and 90s small press community in and around Toronto, Burnham's work since landing west has broadened, connecting to a wide and varied history of language poetry and social engagement ... Burnham composes, perhaps, ironically so, poems that wrestle with the notion that more than talking or issuing statements (or writing poems)is enough. There has to be action associated with the speaking, otherwise, what's the point?" - Arc Poetry Magazine"