Poetry. Roger Farr's IKMQ consists of sixty-four brief passages—stories, descrptions, instructions, scenarios, formulae—each involving the characters represented by the letters I, K, M and Q. Various clues, suggested by the rules of grammar and syntax, hint at connections and continuities, and at narrative peaking out from behind the screen of action.But never mind the theory—enjoy the ride, as I, K, M and Q convert houses to commercial grow-ops, manufacture explosives, go all in on the flop, get up early to catch chinook, plan, build and sell subdivisions, conduct meetings according to Roberts, plot a prison break, score an all-important goal, get the door for the pizza delivery boy, and get on with transforming the world through their revolutionary action.
Gabriola Island, BC resident Roger Farr is the author of four previous books of poetry: the long poem I AM A CITY STILL BUT SOON I SHAN'T BE (2019); IKMQ (2011; finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize); Means (2012); and Surplus (2006). He teaches contemporary literature at Capilano University in North Vancouver, and is currently editing a volume of translations of the French anarchist philosopher Émile Armand.