Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Second Edition. Co-published with Nightwood Editions, Toronto, NORTH OF INTENTION is the definitive collection of Steve McCaffery's critical writing, spanning the years in which he solidified his reputation as English Canada's most accomplished experimental writer. It is a must for any serious student of contemporary poetry and poetics and a testament to McCaffery's persistent refusal to barter with NAFTA-like terms of traditional exegesis.
"NORTH OF INTENTION is a panoramic, erotic, anti-accumulative collectionof essays centering on the formally investigative North American poetryof the 1970s and 1980s. McCaffery's high-theoretical performances reclaimliterary theory for engaged literary practices."—Charles Bernstein
Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for the Governor General's Award and is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and criticism. A selection of his explorations in numerous forms can be savored in the two volumes of SEVEN PAGES MISSING (Coach House Press 2001-02) as well as PANOPTICON (Book Thug, 1984) and The Darkness of the Present: Poetics, anachronism and the anomaly (University of Alabama Press, 2012). His book-object- concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. His most recent books are Tatterdemalion (Veer Books, 2014); ALICE IN PLUNDERLAND (Book Thug, 2015); Revanches, a collection of visual and concrete poetry (Xexoxial, 2015); and PARSIVAL (Roof Books, 2015). English born and a long-time resident of Toronto, he was a co-founder of the Toronto Research Group (TRG), the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, and the College of Canadian "Pataphysics. Since 2004 he has been the David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo.
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