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Gerald Lampert Memorial prize nominee, Tom Prime’s latest poetry collection.
MALE PREGNANCY IN REVERSE, a long poem "in 5 Acts", transmutes a disturbing and sometimes horrifying experience—albeit one which is only ever obliquely and allegorically described—into a dazzling and heady literary puzzle. Wielding a rich and suggestive vocabulary largely drawn from Elizabethan literary texts, but working within a tradition that includes Rimbaud and Mallarme, Tom Prime revels in a lexigraphic bubblebath that combines visual poetry, typographic moves, fragments of a play, a cast of characters that include Brayne-worme, Volpone, Baby and Mother, and uneasy-laughter-inducing silliness.
"In Tom Prime’s pataseminal MALE PREGNANCY IN REVERSE (an Elizabethan concept of misogyny), a postlanguage, dramatological inferno of extreme poiesis in 5 acts, the ‘actus primus’ is a postapocalyptic mélange of the hyperérotique, the scatotheological, the psychoasemic, the BDSMic, les Symbolistes Français and the Elizabethan underworld in a ‘filthcloth miasma’ of postgender eschatons disseminating their ‘electrolarynxes’ in a highly original dramatis personae of posthuman porn comprised of Chorus, Occasion, the acromegalic, Analyst, Me, Satan, You, Mosca, Volpone, Percy, Eleanor Davies, Real Estate Agent, the predator, Amelia, Hero, Grandpa, Narrator, Baby, Mother, Manet Titivillus, Brayne-worme, Leander, Guru, Anna Trapnell, Dex and Father of Bro. Tom Prime is at the forefront of a new generation of avant-gardists." —Daniel Y. Harris, author of The Posthuman Series, (Volumes I-V, BlazeVOX)
Tom Prime is the author or co-author of five poetry chapbooks, including A Strange Hospital (Proper Tales Press) and Gravitynipplemilkplanet Anthroposcenesters (above/ground press), as well as A Cemetery for Holes, with Gary Barwin (Gordon Hill Press). His poems have appeared in Brave New Word, Carousel, Ditch, Fjords Review, The Northern Testicle Review, The Rusty Toque, Lana Turner, periodicityjournal, Vallum, and Watch Your Head. His song albums include Time to Die and Gold Medallion. Tom has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Victoria and is working on his PhD at Western University in London, Ontario.Author City: LONDON, ON CAN