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category: Poetry
published: Jun 2019
ISBN:9781772141245
publisher: Anvil Press Publishers

I Could Have Pretended to Be Better Than You

New and Selected Poems

by Jay MillAr, introduction by Tim Conley

tagged: canadian
Description

Spanning more than 25 years, I Could Have Pretended to Be Better Than You gathers work from three distinct eras of Jay Millar's development as a poet: the wonder years of the 1990s culled from a variety of self-published micropress publications, most of which are hiding in special collections; poems from his trade books issued between 2000 and 2015; and, new poems that have emerged during his present condition as one of Canada's most progressive co-publishers.

The broad view that this collection offers enables an appreciation of Millar's work as both an idiosyncratic, herkyjerk chronicle of small press culture and a multifaceted mode of questioning how we judge sensations, failures, affections, and relationships. However irreverent he may seem, Jay Millar possesses a disarmingly honest, inventive sensibility closely attuned to the everyday, the overlooked, the transient. Be careful where on your bookshelf of Canadian poetry you place this volume: it might very well set others askew.

About the Authors

Jay MillAr is a poet, publisher and bookseller. He is the proprietor of Book*hug Press and the author of many privately published editions. His full-length books include The Ghosts of Jay MillAr (2000, Coach House), Mycological Studies (2002, Coach House) and False Maps for Other Creatures (2005, Nightwood). His latest book is Double Helix, a collaborative fiction collection with Stephen Cain. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Hazel, and their son, Reid.


Jay MillAr is a poet, publisher and bookseller. He is the proprietor of Book*hug Press and the author of many privately published editions. His full-length books include The Ghosts of Jay MillAr (2000, Coach House), Mycological Studies (2002, Coach House) and False Maps for Other Creatures (2005, Nightwood). His latest book is Double Helix, a collaborative fiction collection with Stephen Cain. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Hazel, and their son, Reid.

Contributor Notes

Jay MillAr is the author of several best-best-never-read-by-the-masses-but-perhaps-you-did-hear-mention-of-them-in-your-wildest-dreams books, the most recent of which include&nbspthe small blue,&nbspesp: accumulation sonnets,&nbspOther Poems&nbspand&nbspTimely Irreverence. He is also the author of several privately published editions, including Lack Lyrics,&nbspwhich tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award, and as such deserves to remain in limited circulation. Jay is the co-publisher at Book*hug, a government funded project that promotes literary contamination for the betterment of reading in the future or after nuclear winter (whichever comes first); he also curates Apollinaire's Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore that specializes in the books that no one wants to buy. He teaches poetry/poetics at an imaginary institution called Toronto New School of Writing.

Tim Conley's recent books include the poetry collection One False Move (2012), Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity (edited, with Jed Rasula, 2012), and Nothing Could be Further: Thirty Stories (2011). He lives in St. Catharines, ON, where he teaches English at Brock University, and has published widely on Joyce, Nabokov, and other topics in twentieth-century literature.

Editorial Review

"An excellent collection that displays MillAr's restless, inventive wit." (Winnipeg Free Press)

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