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The Obvious Flap by Gary Barwin and Gregory Betts


The Obvious Flap by Gary Barwin and Gregory Betts


what if the rain
referred to something else?
and bowling
and shoes
were done with the mouth?

Sometimes language, thoughts, and emotions are a fixed structure like a warehouse. Sometimes they are fog, waves, light, or music. This is LSE: Language as a second English. English as a grammar of ghosts. Words as the snowfall of ideas.

The Obvious Flap is a musical, poetic flux of recurring and recursive images that explore the luminous fringes of language. The text weaves a variety of thematic threads of humour, literary allusions, and narrative into a fabric that spreads into an open, proprioceptive linguistic environment. Gary Barwin and Gregory Betts have concocted a collaborative jam session for multiple larynxes and have made an obvious flap as they have fallen through the mirror into Plunderland.

not everyone is a poet
my dog for instance.

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Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. His most recent book is The Porcupinity of the Stars. Other books include anus porcupine eyebrow, Outside the Hat, Raising Eyebrows, Doctor Weep and other small teeth, and frogments from the frag pool (with derek beaulieu) and the 2010 bpNichol chapbook award co-winner, Inverting the Deer. Franzlations: A Guide to the Imaginary Kafka Parables (with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley) is forthcoming in 2011. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Gregory betts is a poet, editor, and professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the author of four books of poetry and the editor of three books of experimental Canadian writing. He received the 2010 Jean-Michel Lacroix Award for the best essay on a Canadian subject by the International Journal of Canadian Studies and his book The Others Raisd in Me was a shortlisted finalist for the 2010 ReLit Award. He recently completed a history of early Canadian avant-gardism that will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011.

April 2011 | Poetry
8.5 x 5.5 inches | 104 pages
Condition: New
ISBN 9781897388785

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 5.5 × .5 × 8.5 in