Don't Be Interesting: Poems

Don't Be Interesting: Poems

by Jacob McArthur Mooney

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An acclaimed finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize -- and one of our most galvanizing poets -- takes on The Future in a sharply perceptive and provocative new collection of poetry.

Don’t Be Interesting is a collection that grapples with The Future – as public morality-keeper and private reckoner. The book explores the lines dividing the present from both the future and the past. Its channels include all the breadth of mass experience, from film and sport to science fiction novels, war, history, technology, and biography. Part travelogue, the book dredges up mid-century optimisms in Europe and America. In tones that range from wryly empathetic to downright caustic, Don’t Be Interesting calls out to idols and villains, from athletes to folk heroes to musicians to war criminals, and asks us what becomes of the future once the past and present have merged into one?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771057410
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JACOB McARTHUR MOONEY is the highly acclaimed author of two previous books of poetry, The New Layman’s Almanac and Folk, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He curates and hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series in Toronto, and is the editor of the 2015 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.

Table of Contents

On Spectacle 3

New Republic 5

On Forecasting 7

Ali Kills Liston 8

Babushka Lady to Umbrella Man 9

What Humans Like 10

The Godless Go to Arlington 12

"Creep" by TLC Is a Better Song than "Creep" by Radiohead 13

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Irrational Exuberants! 14

To the Inhabitants of Tiny Houses from the Internet 15

John Darnielle as Frank Oz in the Unfilmed Henson Biopic 17

Lassie in Photographs 18

A Robin Ventura 19

A Linda Taylor 20

At the Initial Settlement of Levittown, New York 21

Is This the Kind of Art That Makes the World Any Better? 22

I Know Another Nation, Where They Vote with Their Hands 24

The Italian Maestro Sits 26

I Am the Wife of Mao Tse-tung 28

Romulus and Remus and Hannah Arendt 30

Ostalgia 31

The Former Jugoslavia 33

The American Century in Brief* 34

I Curate a Museum through the Book of Revelation 38

Fertility 40

Fertility 43

The Specializationoff Labour 44

Unisphere at Midnight 45

At the Initial Settlement of Celebration, Florida 47

The Short Twentieth, the Long Nineteenth 48

Leo X as Leo III in the Room of the Fire on the Borgo 50

Golf Pro, Monobloc, A Theory of the Firm 51

Doomer Meet-Up, University of Toronto 53

A Family Triptych 54

Love Poem after Industrial Society and Its Future 55

I Will Find You in the Bank Run 56

You Wanted to Sec the Prospectors' Exhibit; It's the Afternoon after Jack Layton Died 57

Alpha Proportionality Dinner 58

They Will Take My Island 59

Excerpts from the Future Memoirs of Roger Ebert 60

As an Extra for a Film Shoot at the Quality Cafe 62

On the Ideology of Trolls 63

The Fever Dreamer 65

Central National Extension Play 68

Mark Coleman's Daughters Are Turning Out Okay 69

At the Initial Settlement of Mars 70

Megalopolis 71

Don't Be Interesting 73

Elegy for the Outdoor Coliseum 80

Notes and Acknowledgements 83

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