9 x 11: and other poems like Bird, Nine, x, and Eleven
- 104 pages, 6×9 inches
- Price: $18 CAD · $16 USD
- ISBN: 9781554201501
- Date published: 2018-09-11
- Availability: not yet published
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About 9 x 11
‘A small room behind a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair,and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences,but I could never match the view.’
How you view 21st century life depends largely on the view from your place, which depends on where you can afford to live. In this suite of texts and poems written over twenty years that span the infamous towers, Michael Turner drops in to see what condition he's in, a subject whipped into insistence by the rhythms that shape his city, his neighbourhood, his universe.
What arises out of the debris of these towers is a vision of contemporary history that sees them — their creation and destruction — existing within a web of capital relations that leave no landlord or office worker unturned.
In her Globe and Mail review of Turner's “startlingly straightforward and minimalist” 8x10 (2009), Zoe Whitall concludes: “8x10 is an unsettling and daring work, a tangible symbol of our anxious world and the stark emotional devastation of war. I hope Turner starts a trend in Canadian literature, because Canada needs more writers like him.”