Death Drive Through Gaia Paris
In this collection of poetry, Charles Noble further reins in an already tight form-haiku-only to let loose a "logopoeic" poetry. He presents poems of extraordinary rigour and riddles of wit that are solved by "lifetime" insights-a dialectical poetry that still observes a phenomenological toehold but transcends the limits of locality in recognizing the curled-up-but-everywhere world of media and markets-la Fredric Jameson. And yet, these "haikus"" go straight-to "the shock of the naive." They turn to a middle ground, in Aristotle's sense of difficult target. They point to human acts, human reactions, and enact, themselves, a meta-linguistic wrestling, at one with the quarreling couple in the bar hanging on each other's words and insistent with "What do you mean by [a simple word]?" But they are also implicated in what he calls the death drive (not death wish), which arcs freely over a human life span-think architecture-and which, more radically, in the "pleated/ crossword," "make[s]/ good// a/ bit/ of/ bad/ infinity," no expenses, save for that toehold, earth, as he would have it.
- Publisher: University of Calgary Press
- Page Count: 80 pages
- Dimensions: 9.0in x 7.0in x 11.0in
An innovative collection of logopoeic haiku and senryu.
-Richard Stevenon, Contemporary Verse 2
Noble's work has always engaged, in its own way, with the Western Canadian tradition of poetry as intellectual experiment grounded on local experience . . . Death Drive through Gaia Paris marks a counter-turn in the work of one of Southern Alberta's most distinctive writers
-Chris Jennings, Department of English, University of Ottawa