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lATE cAPITALIST sUBLIME marks the debut of Ryan Kamstra, heir apparent to the dissenting tradition in Canadian poetry. Thematically echoing overtly political poets such as Milton Acorn, F. R. Scott, & Dorothy Livesay, Kamstra's streetwise poetry bears witness to a superficial world, which is relieved only by the occasional glimmer of a resilient human spirit.

From the austere archipelagos of glass and steel in our cities' downtown cores - those places where wealth is made, hoarded & lost - to our most private & soiled environments, Kamstra's peotry stakes out, & often raids, both the places we feel most comfortable & the places we fear to tread. He bodly spies on both the powerbrokers & the powerless in order to report back to us on what remains of our hamnity in this time of late capitalism.

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Ryan Kamstra received his B.A. from Queen's University in Kingston. lATE cAPITALIST sUBLIME is his first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press; 1St Edition edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894663195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894663199
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,911,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan O'Neill on August 27, 2002
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Don't be mislead by the size of the book; this slender volume is heavy with words, dense with images. These poems by rYAN kAMSTRA evoke the poetry the Beats might have written, if Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg had lived in the even more screwed-up era of zombie-pocked skyscrapers, rapacious office machines and "dark nuclear morning" that is this, our new century. Don't look for precious rhymes or easy sentiment: kAMSTRA can be obscure; he rants; he twists the most commonplace of scenes into devastation by flesh-eating butterflies. He juxtaposes words and creates beauty--"Because gravity is in love with your shadow & the sky can't hold on to your hair..." He can be blatant--portraying a runaway humankind as pigs who "enjoy the finer things" and "shoot other pigs for hoarding," and pitting the excesses of the capitalist world against "two sparrows/a nest of weeds/& a tiny dry river." He can be wryly humorous; he can be terribly sad. But what he is NOT, is boring, neutral or easy to ignore.
Susan O'Neill, author: Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Viet Nam
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat on June 12, 2002
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This volume of poetry by Ryan Kamstra is at once tender/tough, political/personal, musical/cacophanous, real/fantastical. His poems teach us something about the way we see ourselves, our world, and eachother. He is a poet of the first order. Highly recommended.
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