Poetry. Surrealism. Compiled and with an Afterword by Alessandro Porco. For over thirty years, Steve Venright has devoted himself to the liberation of the imagination, documenting hallucinatory trips through Southwestern Ontario's deliriomantic landscapes with his signature puns, portmanteaus, and spoonerisms. THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS BE MAGNIFICENT: SELECTED & NEW WRITINGS is a generous gathering of Venright's most enduring and extraordinary poems, including the revised and expanded "Manta Ray Jack and the Crew of the Spooner" — the most outlandish and hilarious seafaring tale since Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark." This volume also features an in-depth examination of Venright's work by scholar Alessandro Porco.
Steve Venright is a visual artist and poet whose books include Floors of Enduring Beauty (Mansfield Press) and Spiral Agitator (Coach House Books). His Torpor Vigil Records label is known for releasing extraordinary recordings by singer- composer Samuel Andreyev and legendary sleeptalker Dion McGregor. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, at the age of zero, Steve has lived in Toronto for most of his relatively adult life.Author City: Toronto, ON CAN