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Prologue for the Age of Consequence

Garth Martens

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ISBN : 9781770893191
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104 pages
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Garth Martens’ debut, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, is about the tar sands and industrial projects of Alberta, and the men who work in them. But to describe it as such restricts the book to its physical concerns, when in fact these are poemsMoreGarth Martens’ debut, Prologue for the Age of Consequence, is about the tar sands and industrial projects of Alberta, and the men who work in them. But to describe it as such restricts the book to its physical concerns, when in fact these are poems of great philosophical ambition, and startling ethical and psychological reach.Martens has made an elemental world both beautiful and severe, and on his stage, characters assume a collective status both emphatically human and radically mythic. He is interested in endurance, in addiction, loss, abuse, and pain, in how people are created, and how they create themselves, out of crude material both inherited, and scavenged. His language is rough and baroque- his metaphors are titanic in their range and scope. This is a book about grace and error, about hurtling towards the unknown, about acting out. Martens writes: It is dark when you reach the excavation and you dont know if the road starts or ends here. If its abutment, chimera, hole. Prologue for the Age of Consequence accrues the propulsive force of an epic. It will pry you open, and reorder what it finds inside.Of the various marvels in Garth Martens Prologue for the Age of Consequence, the ones that strike me most are the powerful and original language, the stirringly concrete grappling with technological-industrial reality, and the approach through work life as lived today. His is poetry that embraces the harshest facts, then spirals through meditation and lyricism to a vision of our world from the towers of Troy to the towers of the oil derricks, set in their present-day microwavable / avatar country of the digital. [A]n exceptional book. —A.F. MoritzPrologue for the Age of Consequence speaks a demotic blurt, Woody Guthrie, early Dylan rough, consonants thunking like nail guns. And in the marvelous din, towers, ziggurats of the oil boom, rise, mammoth, purposeful and unhuman. Martens gives us the men who erect them in Fort Mac or somewhere east of High Prairie . . . The book is as character-crammed as the Inferno. —Tim Lilburn