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category: Biography & Autobiography
published: Apr 2019
publisher: Nightwood Editions

Visual Inspection

by Matt Rader

tagged: personal memoirs, cultural heritage, literary

Composed over a period of profound illness, Visual Inspection is a searching reflection on poetry, power and our embodied lives. Shaped by matching elements of literary history, poetic practice, contemporary art, politics and ecology with Rader’s own experience of chronic illness and pain, Visual Inspection writes into and through what is accessible to our minds and bodies. Part memoir, part essay, part poetic investigation, the text guides us through kaleidoscopic meditations on disability, access, vision, redaction, pain, illness and death. Set primarily in the central Okanagan, Visual Inspection is a codex of references, artifacts and associations that, taken as whole, revisions access as process and art as experience.

About the Author
Matt Rader is the critically acclaimed author of the poetry collections Living Things and Miraculous Hours, which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and longlisted for the ReLit Award. His poems, stories, and nonfiction have appeared in journals and anthologies across North America, Australia, and Europe and have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.

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