In JUST LIKE I LIKE IT (Talonbooks 2019), Danielle LaFrance combines poetry and autotheory as a means of targeting ideological infatuation, spilling into an obsession with ideological abolishment. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT searches for ways to kill and abolish “it,” seeking means to get it done right, even when attempted slowly and stupidly, even if the only way out is death. LaFrance draws on stupidity, sadomasochism, pretend power, parasitism, and violent revolutionary desubjectification to shape a felt experience, not so much asking as inhabiting a series of questions, including: “What are the implications of abolishing the self as it is racialized, gendered, and classed?” and “Can a theoretical framework hold every contradiction in tandem when every contradiction is substantial and felt?” Each page of JUST LIKE I LIKE IT pokes “it” awake all over again, culminating in a number of accomplished failures, including “It Makes Me Iliad,” a reworking of Homer’s Iliad. Poetry, it seems, is the best weapon for wiping it out with fewer casualties – which is why it is never enough.

Comprising experimental poetry and prose, Friendly + Fire (Talonbooks 2016) interrogates the male subjective experience of war and the gendered implications of camaraderie or “brotherhood” while aligning the seriousness of a war target with the frivolities of gossip: “MILITARY LINGO SUBLIMATES SMACK TALK FROM HERE ON IN.”

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Abjection, translation, and insurrection: in Species Branding (Capilano University Editions 2010) these coordinates give new garb to some of poetry's most enduring idealisms and abstractions: beauty, desire, and friendship. No frame is left uncatalogued. Every bastion of the bourgeoisie is stormed. Every wall - every gender - is scaled. In other words, "revolution ends here, man."

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