Literary Nonfiction. Essay. Disability Studies. CONSTRUCTIVE NEGATIVITY is a book of criticism without precedent in Canadian Literature. The result of over twenty years of participation in the nation's poetry community, it combines Shane Neilson's lived experience of dis/ability with prize culture theory in order to create that rarest of creatures: criticism as page-turner. In the first section of the book, Neilson repurposes Rilke's famous admonition, saying to poets "You must change your genre—meaning, you must write criticism in order for poetry to have a life in an era dominated by prize culture. Later, Neilson provides a starting point for others to engage with books of Canadian poetry using the lens of dis/ability, covering a range of texts and especially weighing in on the author's particular community—those with invisible disability.
Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, and literary critic who lives with disability. He is the author of CONSTRUCTIVE NEGATIVITY: PRIZE CULTURE, EVALUATION, AND DIS/ABILITY IN CANADIAN POETRY (Palimpsest Press, 2019). Shane's poetry has received several accolades, including the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry in 2018; The Walrus Poetry Prize in 2017, and in 2011, he was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize. Shane lives in Oakville, Ontario.Author City: OAKVILLE, ON CAN