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Grand Gnostic Central

Bryan Sentes writes with a rare breadth of sensibility and style: bardic declamation and intimate lyric, ironic oracle and tart satire, incantatory deconstructions and romantic nature hymns. In this, his first full-length collection of poetry, subjects ranging from the chopping block of History to childhood memories, from Meister Eckhart to flying saucers, are rendered in a manner no less unsettling and exhilarating than the world around us.

Grand Gnostic Central is a poetic and philosophical work resolutely bent on wringing a delirious lucidity from the white noise at the start of the new Millennium…

“…a mature artist with serious things to say.”

— Canadian Book Review Annual


Ladonian Magnitudes

In 1996, Swedish sculptor Lars Vilks founded the one square kilometre micro-nation Ladonia to protect his piece ‘Nimis’ from demolition by local authorities. Inspired by the same ‘anarchaesthetic’ spirit, Ladonian Magnitudes morphs the topography where poetic imagination meets realpolitik to inaugurate “a change of dimension / not just locale.”

“Bryan Sentes is a heroic Pound-Joyce of the Google era. Polyglot, polymath, his imagination leaps in macaronic shifts from language to L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. Vignettes of a drunken world from Europe to Saskatoon vie with a fine rendition from the Lyra Graeca, and far-out explorations of internet virtual space. At his best Sentes is brilliant, and the tone and the range of the whole book, from demotic to encyclopaedic, are a most welcome addition to Canadian letters.”

—Peter Dale Scott



March End Prill

† prill, n.1 A spinning top. prill, n.2 A small stream of running water; a rill. † prill, n.3 A girl, a lass. prill, n.4 In mining: (a piece of) rich copper ore remaining after separation and removal of low-grade material; more fully prill ore. Also: (a droplet of) copper occurring suspended in the molten slag in the process of smelting copper ore. prill, v.1 intr. To flow, spurt. prill, v.2 App. a transmission error for Þrill thrill or prik, prike prick. prill, v.3 †1. trans. Metall. To add high-grade ore to (an ore sample) during assaying, so as to give the impression that the ore being assayed is of a higher quality. Obs. rare. 2. trans. To produce pellets of (a substance, esp. ammonium nitrate or other fertilizer) by forming the molten substance into droplets and allowing them to solidify while falling. Thus, March End Prill is a songline periplum that charts a way through our S.A.D. Zeitgeist to a thawing of the sources of speech and song.



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