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resume drowning
Jon Paul Fiorentino

“Fiorentino is a master of syntax, enmeshing language with lyrical wit.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Fiorentino’s vision is a pared-down clarion-call of confrontation, a refusal to be swallowed by corporate and other lies. There is eloquence within these scathed rhythms of reality, the harsh claws of awareness and mangled chips of the past. Where one might least expect it, the poet interjects unexpected slices of passion”
Montreal Review of Books

“Brazen bard” [a NoiseMakers2003]
—Vincent Tinguely, Montreal Mirror



from the book’s postscript

In a sense, resume drowning is a response to my first collection, hover. hover celebrated the narcotic possibilities of poetry. Through rhetorical and poetic devices, I attempted to achieve an exuberance of verse. In this book I am engaging in performative melancholy and working in the tradition of the lyric. As opposed to hovering I am drowning; and at times I need to take a quick break from drowning — I resurface, edit and muse, and then resume drowning. Throughout these poems I am engaging intertextually with bp Nichol, Adrienne Rich, Steven Patrick Morrissey, Catherine Hunter, Mary di Michele, Stevie Smith, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and of course Sappho. The true point of departure for this collection is the poem “Not Waving but Drowning” by Stevie Smith.
I desire texts that are confessional, emotive, playful. When my poems seem to delve into the most abject melancholy, they are also at their most hyperbolic. These poems celebrate the lyric and if they are successful, they apply theory to the lyric as well. Many of these poems are informed by the notion of place: Transcona, Winnipeg and Montreal inhabit these poems as I have inhabited these places and consider all three of them home.

Jon Paul Fiorentino was born in Winnipeg and raised in Transcona, Manitoba. He is currently living in Montreal, completing his Master’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University. The founder and head editor of dark leisure magazine, he is currently editor of Matrix magazine. His previous poetry collections are hover (Staccato) and transcona fragments (Cyclops Press), and he is editor of the anthology The Cyclops Review (Cyclops Press).

August 2002 / 8.5” x 5.5” / 96 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-94-4 (tp) / $17.95
BJP eBook 41, ISBN 1-896647-95-2 (PDF)

Launch tour
15 Sept, 8 pm: Book launch/reading @ Jupiter Room, 3872 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal QC

28 Sept, 7 pm: book launch/reading @ McNally Robinson-Grant Park, Winnipeg International Writers Festival Winnipeg MB

1 Nov, 8 pm: Reading @ I.V. Lounge, 326 Dundas St W, Toronto ON

9 Nov 8 pm: Reading @ The Yellow Door Reading Series, 3625 Aylmer St, Montreal QC

2 March, 9 pm: Reading and Book Signing with Sarah Steinberg and the rock group Puggy Hammer. @ The Jupiter Room 3872 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal QC

13 March, 7:30 pm: Reading and Signing – Jon Paul Fiorentino in the Poetry 101 Series @ Gallery 101, 236 Nepean St, Ottawa ON

16 March, 8 pm: Reading and Signing – Jon Paul Fiorentino, Kate Hall and Steven Heighton. @ Sleepless Goat Cafe, 91 Princess St, Kingston ON

18 March, 8 pm: Reading and Signing – Jon Paul Fiorentino @ Lexiconjury, The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St, Toronto ON
Interview by Nathaniel G. Moore for Half Empty