FRANCO CORTESE LIP (Penteract Press)
lip is a minimalist multi lingual adventur entr a vowell n its numbrless touches xploor n xplode in its uses n sylabik song beings n lip is a brillyant book uv inkreesing resonans minimalist sound elements fire constonants watr sung agen n agen chanting sylabul sounds uv our marriage 2 watr n each other th dedikaysyun 2 watr fire memoreez uv erlee human timez thru th developing uv phrases sounds 4 owning we evolv th tragedeez n th comforts alwayze changing lip is a brillyant yuneek n magik book is th vizual sound journee 2 we ar n speeks uv th love we need 2 get ther climb on n c its a journee that will grow deepr n deepr inside yu lip is a journee yu will want 2 take - bill bissett
Lip is an enchantment that collects linguistic marvels into its mouthful of curiosities. These poems are an amalgam of strange, seemingly impossible oddities artfully assembled into an improbable translinguistic kiss. But Franco Cortese is a force, moves across language borders like a letteral hurricane, ripping the shells from the world’s tongues to expose compressed pearls of vowels, salty snarls of consonents. These oysterly rarities are collaged into beautiful illusions—thus, thin strings of poems (from poiein, the thing made, the artful pile). Lip is filled with such remarkable elements remade as if an Atomic Engineer had managed to unfold and release the secret, powerful frission in the smallest particles of language. - Gregory Betts
Lip is a trip unlike anything you have ever taken. Franco Cortese has written a virtuosic exploration into the molecular foundations of language, revealing new soundscapes and assemblages through rigorous constraint and inventive recombination. This is startling and original work by an author of exceptional talent. - Adam Dickinson
Featuring illustrations by bill bissett
Franco Cortese is an experimental poet living in Thorold, Ontario with his wife, Brittany May, and their son, Maverick. His poetry won the 2020 UNESCO / Brock University Sustainability Poetry Prize, was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and has appeared in Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, filling Station, ditch, and others. His recent chapbooks include aeiou (No Press 2018), uoiea (above/ground press 2019), teksker (Simulacrum Press 2019) no mỡ, no mo, no mò (nOIR:Z 2020) and tú cu nǔ sù yù mù (Trainwreck Press 2020), with other chapbooks forthcoming from Anstruther Press, Gap Riot Press, Timglaset, Hesterglock Press, Serif of Nottingham and others. He also has leaflets, booklets and other poetic ephemera out through The Blasted Tree, Penteract Press, and Spacecraft Press. His work has been published both within Canada and abroad and has been anthologized in Concrete and Constraint (Penteract Press 2018) and Science Poems (Penteract Press 2020).