Poetry. In nine Cantos—spheres of hell—Roger Farr's I AM A CITY STILL BUT SOON I SHAN'T BE metabolizes the modernist long poem to provide a new, psychogeographical I—witness account of the post—Real city. Avoiding the worn paths of the flaneur, Farr works with "pre-conceptualist" footage of Vancouver shot in 1973, later discovered in a dream. New York becomes an "elegant incubator" for the new avant-gardes, who are preparing for another civil war. Berlin is a nightclub, or a mall, that "kettles" its negations. Nanaimo is a necropolis seen through a lens held by the hand of a dead poet. Meanwhile, a statue of Artemis explodes from the streets in Siracusa, setting off a riot during the 2010 Olympics. Throughout, bodies fail to align with their coordinates. Urban streams, floods of capital, and other libidinal "flows" offer multiple routes through the contemporary metropolis.
Described as "a poet of great heart and aesthetic / political commitment," Roger Farr is the author Surplus (2006), Means (2012), IKMQ (New Star Books, 2012), a finalist for the 2013 BC Book Prize in Poetry, and I AM A CITY STILL BUT SOON I SHAN'T BE (New Star Books, 2019). He lives on an island the size of Manhattan, in Snuneymuxw territory. Author City: Gabriola Island, BC CAN