Loitersack & Posh Lust
A short reading by the inimitable Louis Cabri, to be followed with the premiere performance of Mancini’s 1-act neo-absurdist play « THEQRY. » Featuring: Colin Fulton as OFFICER, Sasha Langford as DONNY, Jordan Bent as ISADORA, and Sarah Burgoyne as MOTHER. Stay afterwards for talk, drinks, dancing, and much else.
The interdisciplinary practice of Donato Mancini focuses mainly on poetry, bookworks, text-based visual art and linguistically oriented cultural criticism. He has published numerous books of visual and procedural poetry, including: Buffet World (2011) Fact ‘N’ Value (2011), Æthel (2007) and Ligatures (2005). Notable exhibitions of Mancini’s visual artworks have included shows at Artspeak, the Western Front, Gallery Atsui, and CSA. He has also been a curator-in-residence at VIVO Media Arts, and performed in the 2013 LIVE! Biennale of performance art.
A book of Mancini’s critical writing, You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence, was published in 2012 to wide, controversial reception. His new book of poetics, Loitersack (2014), carries forward his ongoing interrogation of the social organisation, languages, and ideologies of poetry culture begun in You Must Work Harder, now in the forms of poetry, poetics, theory and theory theatre.
He is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of British Columbia, under Janet Giltrow.
Louis Cabri’s new poetry book is Posh Lust (New Star Books, 2014), where a reader may find: a contemporary answer to « The Owl and the Pussycat, » a hidden reworking of the Nixon tapes’ anticipated visit by Allen Ginsberg, a cheeky idées reçues rendition of the great Guillaume Apollinaire, Bob Ross folded upon Ezra Pound on Chinese credit as Our Man in Havana, an anthem to letters that neither look nor sound like other letters, a treatment of the noises bursting from beneath letters as « 9/11 » remade for a B–movie horror film, Olsonian rhetoric cartooned in Walmart, repeal of the Canadian Wheat Board Act, one centred poem, a toastmaster’s neoliberal code of ethics, and plenty more. His previous books include: Poetryworld (Capilano University Editions) and The Mood Embosser (Coach House Books). Born in Montreal, Cabri now teaches English at the University of Windsor.