At Issue

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Coach House Books, 2001 - Poetry - 67 pages
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Karen Mac Cormack's At Issue is a sequel of sorts to Fit to Print (also from Coach House Books), her collaborative poetic examination of the newspaper with British poet Alan Halsey. In At Issue, Mac Cormack examines the format and contents of the lifestyle magazine.

Utilizing the vocabulary and spelling found in Vogue (both British and American versions), Self (a health/fitness magazine geared to female readership) and Prevention (another health magazine), the poems in At Issue reflect and refract the experience of reading these magazines. (Mac Cormack notes that an interesting – if frightening – fact is that there are fewer typos in Vogue than in most scholarly books published in North America.) As an alternative to the 'mined' creativity of the magazine poems, Mac Cormack also includes a number of texts from other sources.

 

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About the author (2001)

Karen Mac Cormack is the author of eight previous books of poetry, including Quirks & Quillets, Marine Snow and The Tongue Moves Talk. Her work has appeared in such anthologies as The Art of Practice: Forty-five Contemporary Poets, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, and Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing byWomen. Born in Zambia, she is based in Toronto.

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