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Growing Dumb: Book Launch with Peter Quartermain and Guests

April 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

Peter Quartermain launches his long-awaited Growing Dumb: An Autobiography of an English Education (Zat-So Productions 2021) with readings too by friends Colin Browne, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Marjorie Perloff, and Fred Wah. Hosted by Erín Moure. Come and join us and hear extracts from this wonderful work!


Beloved writer Peter Quartermain is one of Canada’s best-kept literary secrets. He has dedicated his life to the study of poetry and poetics, and to teaching, drawing together poets and thinkers in English from both sides of the Atlantic. But where did he start? In Growing Dumb, his “Boy’s Own” autobiography of an education, he shows us a curious and spirited boy schooled in England during the Second World War, discovering the world beyond his family, and coping with an educational system so mired in tradition that it was anachronistic even in his time. Quartermain shows us an enchanting and fascinating world, in which a boy with a lively mind is determined to find his own way into the future.

Available for purchase through Massy Books: https://bit.ly/3mkQ9oi


Email info@massyarts.com to register. This event will be held over Zoom.


Peter Quartermain taught modernist poetry and poetics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada for over thirty years, until retiring in 1999. He has had a major impact on poetic scholarship in English; his work brings together late 20th century English-language avant-garde poetry from both sides of the Atlantic. He is the author of Basil Bunting, Poet of the North (1990), Disjunctive Poetics: From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe (Cambridge U Press, 1992) and Stubborn Poetries: Poetic Facticity and the Avant-Garde (U Alabama Press, 2013). He edited two volumes of the collected works of Robert Duncan – Robert Duncan: The Collected Early Poems and Plays (U California Press, 2019) and Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays (U California Press, 2019) and edited, with Richard Caddel, Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970 (Wesleyan U Press, 1999) and, with Rachel Blau DuPlessis, The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (U Alabama Press, 1999).


April 6, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
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