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This long poem addresses the imaginations of cultural hybridity as they are formed through passages between real and imagined homelands and host lands, be they Guyana, Canada, or India. Faizal Deen narrates his own past through a splicing of moving pictures taken from a wide selection of twentieth-century cinema. The poem thus employs disjunctive poetic techniques that exteriorize the personal and public histories of the Indo-Guyanese Canadian diaspora. The Greatest Films refashions and revivifies these improvisational sources into a collage of repeating lines of verse that pulls readers back-and-forth; regardless of which direction the poem pushes or pulls the reader, what awaits is always an encounter with the residual nostalgia for “origins.”
Faizal Deen was born in Georgetown, Guyana and immigrated to Canada as an adoptee in 1977. He holds degrees from several Canadian universities, including Queen’s University and the University of Windsor. He has lived in many countries, including Jamaica and South Korea, and has travelled extensively throughout Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. He currently resides in Ottawa, where he is pursuing his doctorate at Carleton University.
Thursday Dec. 1, 2016
Gordon Wood Lounge
1811 Dunton Tower, Carleton University
Presented by The Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis and the Department of English
All are welcome to join us for a reading by the poet followed by a Q&A and reception. Books available for purchase will be provided by Octopus Books and Mawenzi House.
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