reviews

praise

on easy peasy: A perfect poetry for too late late capitalism. Gleeful, smart, and liberating, this book is fresh, fresh, fresh. kevin mcpherson eckhoff places his readers on the outside of English, looking in. As the Anglo-American house of mirrors shatters, mcpherson eckhoff picks up shards to assemble this terribly wonderful, fun, and fook up new word order. ~Linh Dinh

on Forge: The great questions which agitate the world start by throttling their subjects–this is your necklace. ~Vanessa Place

In Rhapsodomancy, kevin mcpherson eckhoff uncovers a world of signs, images, and marks that make meaning, that divulge sense, that reveal even as they obscure. His is a visual poetry at the edge of the textual and fully visual, resplendent with fragmentary bits of language and formal games filled with humor. We learn from this book that what we lack in writing we can make up for with divination. We learn of the continuing power of the textual and its steady descent into silence. We learn that play is the deepest form of learning. And this is the kind of learning our thinking bodies are designed to enjoy. ~Geof Huth

kevin mcpherson eckhoff, as a white dude, definitely has approximate knowledge of many things. And the world is always happy to hear approximations of any variety of thing from any white dude. But lucky for us, Kevin has the wisdom to know he’s no ethnographer. Instead, sometime between the time he was born and the fascimile he is now, Kevin figured out that it’s possible to change one’s privileged nature by changing one’s use. So, ‘Use me’, is what Their Biography begs – and by invoking this interconsumption of friendship and social cannibalism, Kevin can only present Kevin as a decommissioned object, sinking under the burden of an impossible individuality, yawning into the surreal latex of his own umbilical cord as he struggles to emerge. One might gain control over one’s body by consuming beef, or something equally nutritious. But Kevin insists on staying pale and anemic, coloured only by the civic placenta upon which he suckles. It’s exactly this that makes Their Biography is so deliciously malicious. ~Trisha Low 

reviews

Our Biographies? Deleuze, DNS, and KME (poetxt.ca)

Observe and report: Two new poetry collections offer different ways of looking at identity (Globe & Mail)

Biography Eschews the Grand Narrative: A Review of Their Biography: An Organism of Relationships (Atticus Review)

Book Review Reversed (Nikki Reimer @ Lemonhound)

Poems Fuelled by Historical Documents (Winnipeg Free Press)

An Irresponsible act of Imaginative License #1 (derek beaulieu)

A Rhapsody of Signs (Eclectic Ruckus)

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