Cultural Mischief: A Practical Guide to Multiculturalism

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Talonbooks, 1996 - Poetry - 143 pages
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Cultural Mischief is a collection of prose poems on the hyperbolic absurdities of multiculturalism in action. Whether digging up the midden under Greg Curnoe's house, revisiting Hiroshima, attending a dog breeder's show or retelling the history of Quebec from the point of view of its founding nations, the Mohawks and Algonquins, Davey delivers startling vignettes at their funniest and most thoughtful.

This book is delightfully?and deceptively?simple. It provides the reader at one and the same time the most exquisitely enjoyable bedtime reading, and a wake-up call with a better hit than the best designer espresso.

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Contents

My Brown Dog
7
Narcissus Copies
17
Masculinist Mischief
31
Globalized Sex
38
My Yugoslav Friends
47
Italian Multiculturalism
75
The Villa Kerylos
89
Translating from the Greek
107
A Small History of Quebec
121
Multiple Choice Games for Hiroshima Day
135
Copyright

About the author (1996)

Frank Davey Born in Vancouver, Frank Davey attended the University of British Columbia where he was a co-founder of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. Since 1963, he has been the editor-publisher of the poetics journal Open Letter. In addition, he co-founded the world's first on-line literary magazine, SwiftCurrent in 1984. Davey writes with a unique panache as he examines with humourand irony the ambiguous play of signs in contemporary culture, the popular stories that lie behind it, and the struggles between different identity-based groups in our globalizing society-racial, regional, gender-based, ethnic, economic-that drive this play. Frank Davey Born in Vancouver, Frank Davey attended the University of British Columbia where he was a co-founder of the avant-garde poetry magazine TISH. Since 1963, he has been the editor-publisher of the poetics journal Open Letter. In addition, he co-founded the world's first on-line literary magazine, SwiftCurrent in 1984. Davey writes with a unique panache as he examineswith humour and irony the ambiguous play of signs in contemporary culture, the popular stories that lie behind it, and the struggles between different identity-based groups in our globalizing society-racial, regional, gender-based, ethnic, economic-that drive this play.

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