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Celebrate more than 150 years of Canada with 150 books.
A brilliant list of book proposals, Darren Wershler-Henry's the tapeworm foundry challenges current poetic rules of form and subject matter and turns a seemingly utilitarian handbook for writers into a powerful artistic expression of defiance. Both a recipe book for poets and a critical examination of the recipes we've inherited, this is an eloquent and absurdist long poem on the parasitic nature of all expression and the anxiety of influence.
Darren Wershler-Henry is a Canadian experimental poet, non-fiction writer and cultural critic.
A former grave digger, he was the senior editor of Coach House Books between 1997 and 2002, where the works he edited included several highly acclaimed books of contemporary innovative poetry, including Fidget by Kenneth Goldsmith (2000), both volumes of Seven Pages Missing, the collected works of Steve McCaffery (2000, 2002), Lip Service by Bruce Andrews (2001), and Eunoia by Christian Bök (2001).
Wershler is the youngest poet discussed in Marjorie Perloff's 21st Century Modernism, which analyzes his second book of poetry, the tapeworm foundry (a Trillium Book Award finalist in 2000). He has instructed courses in Communication Studies at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University and currently is the Concordia University Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature (Tier 2) at Concordia University. He has authored several books about the Internet, technology and culture, as well as occasional essays on pop culture for newspapers and magazines such as Brick, Broken Pencil and This Magazine.
He lives in Montreal, Quebec.