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Coach House Books, 2001 - Poetry - 110 pages
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Busted is a poetic inspection into the rhetoric of things: governance, nation, hockey, language and liberty. A book of poems about the social forces that control us, and the way that we relate to those forces, and to each other. Through manifestos, fragments, lists, and other forms, this book examines the ways in which we knuckle under to the Powers that Be and the strategies that we develop to evade them. Razing the frames that still the possibilities of reason, nations, identity, morality and justice, it records, fragments and rails against the flaccid generic.

This collaboration between two excellent, innovative writers is a kind of collage that examines the role that language plays in establishing relationships between ourselves and the institutions we create to govern us. A dazzling and revolutionary work that demands we never stop singing for liberty.


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About the author (2001)

Nancy Shaw and Catriona Strang first met at the collective of the Kootenay School of Writing, and their collaborative work has appeared in many magazines, most recently in Big Allis and Raddle moon. Catriona Strang's Low fancy and Nancy Shaw's Scoptocratic were both published by ECW Press in 1993; they have also published several collaborative chapbooks. Catriona Strang lives in Vancouver, and Nancy Shaw is dividing her time between Vancouver, Montreal and New York.

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