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Reading: Danielle LaFrance: JUST LIKE I LIKE IT

Wednesday, November 25, 5:30PM PST
Presented on Zoom

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Co-presented with Talonbooks, this reading with poet Danielle LaFrance will be introduced by author Catriona Strang.

In JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (2019), LaFrance combines poetry and autotheory as a means of targeting ideological infatuation, spilling into an obsession with ideological abolishment. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT searches for ways to kill and abolish "it," seeking means to get it done right even when attempted slowly and stupidly, even if the only way out is death. LaFrance draws on stupidity, sadomasochism, pretend power, parasitism, and violent revolutionary desubjectification to shape a felt experience, not so much asking as inhabiting a series of questions, including the following: What are the implications of abolishing the self as it is racialized, gendered and classed? Can a theoretical framework hold every contradiction in tandem when every contradiction is substantial and felt?

Attendees are encouraged to pose questions and offer reflections during the Zoom presentation using the Q&A function. Attendees will also be able to engage with each other and SFU Galleries during the event using the Chat function.

JUST LIKE I LIKE IT is available for purchase directly from the Talonbooks website.

Danielle LaFrance lives on occupied and stolen lands cared for by the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples. LaFrance comes from Greek and Dutch ancestry, and is learning where her French-Canadian relatives came from. Following the would-be poetics mapped out in her new book JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks, 2019), LaFrance comes into reading and writing from a position knowing illusions are destroyed. Her recent poetry project #postdildo thinks and acts through fantasy, rape culture, modes of communication, yearnings, aftermaths, and lost ideas. In addition to being a poet, she is a community librarian, fighter and independent scholar. She is also the author of Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks, 2016) and species branding (Capilano University Editions, 2010).


Read by Danielle LaFrance. Thanks to Dylan Walmsley and Miles Lavkulich.