NEW! From Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Sonosyntactics: Selected and New Poetry of Paul Dutton Gary Barwin, Editor
Laurier Poetry Series / Paperback, 86 pp. / Release Date: November 2015 / [click to order]
Sonosyntactics introduces the reader to over 45 years of Paul Dutton’s diverse and original poetry, ranging through lyrics, found poetry, visual poetry, and performance texts and scores. Renowned for his acclaimed solo sound performances and his part in the iconic poetry-performance group the Four Horsemen, Dutton is, in addition, a consistently surprising writer, a witty, sensitive, and innovative explorer of language and of the human.
This milestone volume offers an overview of his inspiring oeuvre, a representative selection of his most significant and characteristic poetry, including a generous sampling of formerly uncollected works. The book demonstrates Dutton’s capacity for literary invention, as he stretches language to its limits and discovers new possibilities within it, at the same time engaging with his perennial concerns of love, sex, music, time, thought, humour, and the materiality of language and of poetry itself.
Editor Gary Barwin’s introduction outlines the major subjects and techniques of Dutton’s poetry: an intricate weaving of thought and language, sound and emotion, sense and nonsense, and the unfolding of a text through the logic of language play, such as puns, paradoxes, ambiguity, and sound relations. Dutton’s witty and insightful afterword completes the volume.
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator, and the author of seventeen books of poetry and fiction. His recent books include Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry) and I, Dr Greenblatt, 251-1457 (short fiction). Yiddish for Pirates, a novel, will appear in 2016. He received a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and was the 2014–15 Writer-in-Residence at Western University. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Paul Dutton is a writer and musician who has for over four decades steadfastly maintained his commitment to the integrated expression of the literary, the sonic, and the visual. He has issued seven books (poetry and fiction) and five recordings (poetry and music), plus eleven print and audio collaborations (The Four Horsemen, CCMC, plus others), and has performed across three continents, solo and in numerous ensembles.