By Niki Reimer

ISBN # 9781897181386
Pages 96
Size 6 x 9 inches
Binding type Soft Cover
Release Date April 1, 2010
Price CAD$ $15.95

[sic] thus written, error mine. Sic to incite to attack, especially as a command to a dog: “Sic em!” Siccing poetry on you. That’s sick, as in, awesome. Or ill and sickly. Either way, the (gendered, sexualized) body is implicated. [sic] re-writes a feminist lyric within the long shadow cast by neo-liberalism upon the city and its denizens, mis-remembers the lines and re-inscribes the labour and commerce and sexual negotiations that take place there.

Shortlisted – Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

Nikki Reimer is a poet, blogger, curator, arts event planner, and cat photographer, in East Vancouver. Recent work has appeared in WWest Coast LineMatrixFrontPrism International andBafterC, and two of her poems were featured in the poetryinspired dance show “Larimer St.” performed by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in 2005. Her chapbook, fist things first, was published by Wrinkle Press in 2009. Reimer was a founding editor of (orange) magazine, a co-editor and designer of KSW’s W12: All Music issue, and creator of the disjunct! performance series. She has blogged for Lemon Hound and the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. Reimer lives in Vancouver where she is a member of the Kootenay School of Writing and a board member at W2 Community Media Arts. She blogs at http://www.nikkireimer.com/blog.php[sic] is her first full-length book of poetry.

Catch Rob McLennan’s interview with Nikki on his blog.

A rare young poet who can channel the energy given off by her personality into things greater than just MORE personality. Reimer lets it bleed into form, into cadence, into pace. The book wants you to read it cover-to-cover in, like, 30 minutes. A tough trick to pull off.

~vox populism

There’s something wild and vital in the way this poem takes [sic]ness and thrusts it in your face, forces you to take a really close look. It’s poetry that refuses to be therapeutic, and as such it’s a bloody relief.

~Drake Alley

Reimer’s poems are lyric but full of jarring leaps of logic, in a poetic of speed and erasure.

~ryan fitzpatrick, via 95BooksBlog

I highly recommend you pick up a copy. It has this raw quality to it that rages the reader. These political minded poems are quite smart in their subtle way of hitting a nerve.

~Geist

Her subversions are sometimes cutthroat precise, sometimes as subtle as a tire-slash, bloody and prehensile, tearing through to the guts and heart of what language can possibly do.

~Rob McLennan

[sic] is a giddy, whimsical and expertly timed series of fake-outs and sucker punches. Corporatism, sexism and intellectual sloth all get brought out for questioning in a series of wild, gesticulating poems…Reimer’s voice is both dexterous and savvy.

~The Globe and Mail

Gorilla condoms? Goldilocks’ bent-over cootchie? Gonzo cocaine? Everything’s 4-sale when language is loosed as it is ici (icy) (sic). These poems are a pile-up of pop culture at “the intersection of Art and Commerce”, and the city is caught at the stoplight.

~Jury, Dektet 2010

Walter Benjamin did not work at Tim Hortons. Nor did he “work at the local earl’s and never leave the neighbourhood.” But who doesn’t love cities and their edges? That doesn’t mean we have to walk around like flaneurs. Most people have to drag their bodies to work and make their bodies work. What would poetry that asks “does anybody work here?” look like, how would it make and break a sentence? What city would this poetry make its capital of modernity? How would such a poetry love a “stucco shithouse”? This is to say that Nikki Reimer’s [sic] is a book that Henri Lefebvre would love because it is wild in the way he wanted cities to be.

~Jeff Derksen

The poems in Nikki Reimer’s remarkable new book, _, stubbornly violate the breath line, salute drive-by aneurisms and prince charles maxi-pads, and take innocent testicles hostage as they expose the nostalgic underbelly of subverbia _[sic]. “Remember if there’s smoke,” Reimer cautions, as she continually unremembers the gentrified and gendered ex-city. Poetry for the reactionary-challenged; before gobbling up this yummy dirt and mucus and icing-sugar die[t], you might prefer to slap on a condom, or an extra ovum.

~Nicole Markotic

How to order this book

Our books are available through Alpine Book Peddlers, Amazon and, to a lesser degree, Chapters/Indigo. Or you can make a request at your local bookseller. Alpine can be reached at 1-866-478-2280, or click the link below to order. Discounts are available for bulk orders.

News

Bob Stallworthy is awarded the Golden Pen Award

The Alberta Writers Guild has awarded Bob the 2019 Golden Pen Award, a lifetime achievement award that he richly deserves. Bob has been a great friend to Frontenac House. We have been proud to publish three of his books of poetry; From a Call Box, Optics, and Things...

Rooster, Dog, Crow is on the 2019 Raymond Souster Award Longlist

Congratulations to Jim Nason for landing on this prestigious shortlist! http://poets.ca/2019/04/01/2019-book-awards-longlist-announcement/

Quartet 2020 Call For Submissions

The call for submissions for Quartet 2020 is now open, and will close on April 30, 2019. Once this call closes, all manuscripts will be reviewed by our acquisitions editors and a short-list will be produced. This list will be further evaluated and the final titles...

Jim Nason interviewed on Rob McClennan’s blog

Visit Rob's blog to read the interview with Jim Nason, author of Rooster, Dog, Crow, which is launching in Calgary on November 26 at the new Public Library. https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2018/11/12-or-20-second-series-questions-with_3.html

Congratulations to Heidi Garnett and Leslie Greentree

CBC just published an Ultimate Canadian Poetry list of 68 poetry collections. Scrolling past names like Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, P.K. Page, and Irving Layton, you'll find nestled in on the list, Heidi Garnett's Blood Orange, and Leslie Greentree's go-go...

Recent Titles

Rooster, Dog, Crow

By Jim Nason   In a world where upside-down politics dovetails with the carnivalesque, a love triangle unfolds between a belligerent Rooster, a happy-go-lucky meth-addicted Dog, and a gender-fluid Crow.  Nason’s sixth poetry collection goes to the extremes of the...

Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots

A poem by Basma Kavanagh   This book length poem comprises three major interwoven threads: Ahli, an auto/biographical thread about my Lebanese heritage; Astura, a grim tale linking climate change and the oppression of women, and Ana, a reflection on identity,...

Night Flying

By Laurie Fuhr   These poems capture the ways of the great Canadian military brat, vanishing points, flights, and gothic perceptions. Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry, these poems contain the rhythm of a musician and the eye of a...

Nouveau Griot

By Tanya Evanson   Nouveau Griot is the result of 20 years on stage and in studio. It is the text from four spoken word audio recordings made between 2004-2016: Invisible World, The Memorists, Language for Gods and ZENSHIP. This work is in the continuum of the...

Gush: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Times

  In GUSH, more than 100 women and nonbinary writers from Canada and around the world take apart the bloody instruction of menstruation: its cultures, its lessons, its equipment, and its lexicon. Co-edited byRosanna Deerchild, Ariel Gordon, and Tanis MacDonald,...

Drifting Like a Metaphor

Edited by Micheline Maylor   Micheline Maylor’s anthology, Drifting Like a Metaphor, introduces Calgary poets who have the ability to make connections that work to pull together language, image, and emotion. Her criteria was that the poets are not yet published...

The Riparian

By Lisa Pasold   In a dive bar by the river, a stranger begins a new life. Lisa Pasold creates a rich novelistic world of finely-crafted encounters in her new collection of poetry, The Riparian. This is a book of tall tales, dreams, and ghost stories, recounted...

A Tincture of Sunlight

By Vivian Hansen   This collection of poetry honours the small stories about Old Man, who has lived a real life as an uncommon character. His life and its diverse tales are sensate, enticing the reader into Old Man’s individual and mythical being. Old Man as...

Walking Through Turquoise

By Laurie MacFayden   Laurie MacFayden’s third book of poetry continues to explore the flirtations and secrets mined in her previous titles, White Shirt and Kissing Keeps Us Afloat. The clumsy intricacies of relationships; the things you want to shout from the...

This Wound is a World

By Billy-Ray Belcourt   Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like...

Upcoming Events

November 26, 2018

Quartet 2018 Launch in Calgary

Join us for the launch of Quartet 2018 at the new Calgary Library.

Our authors for 2018 are a diverse group whose work variously evokes images of a whirling griot dervish, an Arabic oral ruba'iyat linking climate change and the oppression of women, a military brat at the food of the Rockies, and anthropomorphized creatures that morph into a love song that renders queer lives both vulnerable and endearing.

  • Rooster, Dog, Crow by Jim Nason
  • Night Flying by Laurie Fuhr
  • Nouveau Griot by Tanya Evanson
  • Ruba'iyat for the Time of Apricots by Basma Kavanagh
Waterline Immersion

Waterline Immersion

By Conrad Scott Production details are not yet finalized, so the above information may change. Diversely interwoven with threads from the Norse creation myth, to colonial Contact with North America, to personal stories about his grandparents, Conrad Scott's Waterline...

Baddie One Shoe

Baddie One Shoe

By Natalie MeisnerProduction details are not yet finalized, so the above information may change. You know that voice in your head that cuts through it? Does the ill-advised thing in the name of hard won fun? The friend who finishes the bottle with you that needs...