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Butt out, Dante. Move over, Milton. Piss off, Pound. Outta the way, Olson. Here comes Cosmographia – a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic, the latest ground breaking incursion into the ever popular spectacle of the Epic Poem. Tracking the classic epic journey through the unfolding cosmos toward home, though occasionally disoriented by milling cows with similar intent, Cosmographia teems with nasty political invective, scurrilous spiritual slander, and endless exploitive sexual innuendo. Taking as its muses Cab Calloway and Charles Mingus, by the time it gets home, Cosmographia has subjected the epic to unspeakable acts in the name of linguistic rectumtude, dada terrorism, and sporadic ejaculations of self-expression. Oh yeah! – poetry will never be the same.

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Well, this isn’t fair, is it? Boughn starts out as if he’s just fooling around, and then he sneaks in a major long poem for our time, whatever that is. This happened to me once before in Muncie, and this time it was even better. – George Bowering

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Michael Boughn has taught literature courses at the University of Toronto for 19 years. His own writing includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and essays. He is the author of H.D.: A Bibliography 1905-1990 (1993) and co-editor (with Victor Coleman) of Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book (2011). His recent book of poetry, Cosmographia - A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His mystery novel, Business As Usual, was published in 2011. Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol.1 Illus. Ed is forthcoming from BookThug in 2012.

 
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Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed. dares to go where no book of Canadian poetry has gone before - deep into the heart of darkness epitomized by the idea of the Great White North. Except white is not dark. And the heart thing was a bit overused even by the time Conrad got around to it. In any case, recalling the fundamental elements of the Canadian struggle for identity, when he can recall anything at all, Michael Boughn takes his few, select readers on a tour through the midden heap of Canadian culture that turns into a unique confrontation with the profound questions facing the nation, like, "What's a Doukhobor," "Did Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald really do it in a canoe," and "What was Wyndham Lewis doing in Wawa?" No one actually able to finish this book will remain untouched by the subtle lyric voice that weaves together disparate, irrelevant, and often offensive elements of the Canadian experience into an unforgettable poem for the aged.

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"Who let this guy into the country?" - George Grant

"This is not Great Literature." - Northrup Frye

"This stuff is so cold it's almost hot." - Marshall McLuhan

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Michael Boughn is the author of numerous books, including three volumes of poetry published by BookThug: 22 Skidoo / SubTractions – Opus minus one; Cosmographia: a post-Lucretian faux micro-epic (short listed for the GG Award for poetry in 2011); and Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol. 1 Illus. Ed. City – Book One, Singular Assumptions is forthcoming from BookThug. With Victor Coleman, he edited Robert Duncan’s The H.D. Book which was published by the University of California Press. He was immortalized in The Globe and Mail as “an obscure, veteran poet with a history of being overlooked …"

 
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