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- DescriptionSabotage is a collection of poems exploring private and public acts of destruction, disruption and vandalism in the 21st century. In Sabotage, several vital sites are under attack or at risk: the human body (including the brain and biological systems); structures of community (including family, nation, and institutional supports); and cultural legacies (including language, artistic works, and historical legacies). The sections of Sabotage frame this investigation of violations through recognisable legal and literary frameworks: Accusations, Discussions, Adaptations, Riddles, Arguments and Defences. But with Priscila Uppal as the 'framing' poet, the poems are both exact and penetrating, and at the same time startling, surreal and deeply moving. The poet also acts as saboteur, attempting political action and breaking down barriers through the manipulation of language, in order to disrupt the production of goods which have left us with a tampered and soiled legacy. Poetry provides imaginative space for experimentation dissent, and creative problem-solving. Readers of Sabotage will have the potential to assume the role of saboteur - but the crux is, to what end?
- Author BiographyPriscila Uppal is a Canadian poet and fiction writer of South Asian descent. Born in Ottawa in 1974, she lives in Toronto. She is a professor of Humanities and English at York University in Toronto. Her latest collection, Sabotage (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), follows her first UK poetry selection Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2010) which drew on six earlier collections of poetry published in Canada, including Ontological Necessities (2006), shortlisted for the prestigious $50,000 Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry. Her other books include the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation (2002) and To Whom It May Concern (2009), her critical study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy (2009), and her memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (2013), nominated for both the Governor General's Literary Award and the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction (the largest prize for non-fiction in Canada).
- Author(s)Priscila Uppal
- PublisherBloodaxe Books Ltd
- Date of Publication23/02/2015
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationTyne and Wear
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloodaxe Books Ltd
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine7 mm
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