the pet radish, shrunken
"Her verbal verve is rooted in an ecstatic attentiveness to language, both found and formal. Moving from sonnets to dialogue poems to tercets, these poems shelter surreal and uncanny imagery. Charged with innovative and lyrical energies, the pet radish, shrunken is a gorgeous rebellion."
— Eduardo C. Corral on the pet radish, shrunken
"Many of [Pirie's] poems work this way, dancing and sitting still at the same time; they crack the surfaces of their subjects, freeing all kinds of things to jump out."
— Susan Gillis on the pet radish, shrunken
I read the book through three times[...] I very much enjoyed it. I laughed out loud on multiple occasions which is no small feat for a book of poetry! It was delightful. The poems collected in the pet radish, shrunken invite us equally into routine and catastrophic events. The delights of each new moment is tied with those memories that so casually insist on a place in a present. With humour, play, and brass, Pirie revels in the daily raucous of domesticity, verbatim conversations, and the language that must somehow hold a whole existence
— Jenny Samparisi on the pet radish, shrunken
Please don't tickle the salamander's belly
(In/Words, 2015), $7. Hand-sewn. Color interior.
A romp through the surreal text of police, salamander's mothers, daughters and wooly mammoth fevers.
"moments of quick wit and punchy humour (i.e. “… never schedule a haircut / while your stylist is going thru a divorce.”)"
— Chris Johnson
on Please don't tickle the salamander's belly
Supplemental page for the curious about source text: [pdf]
Reviews of Non-existent Titles
(Shreeking Violet Press, 2015), Size: 5.5" x 8.5", $7
Shreeking Violet Press at Etsy. Or send $9 for it and shipping to pearl [at] pagehalffull [dot] com.
A series of faux reviews of trope-infested theoretical works which Ryan Pratt described in a year's top 10 and which at Etsy received a 5 out of 5 star review. The publisher describes it as
Reviews of Non-existent Titles is a bitingly funny and thoughtful collection of book reviews of books that, well, don't exist. While the books may not be real, her commentary beautifully and painfully captures the dichotomy that surfaces when critically examining poetry - especially the kind that makes a reader cringe.
These are the kinds of reviews reviewers wish they could get away with.
"It’s an enticing premise that Pearl Pirie explores, rendering what might’ve been a fun, conceptual exercise into a meta-mirror on the creative domain of poets and critics. There is some risk of pissing in one’s own pool, to that end, though I’d be lying if I said that didn’t give the chapbook some added intrigue. Luckily Reviews of Non-existent Titles errs on the side of irreverence and — much like the spirit of the popular NewsforPoets Twitter account — prefers sharp tongued satire to gatekeeper-ish policing. And like all good satire, it begs an honest glance: are Pirie’s made-up reviews really exaggerated or rooted more in reality than we’d care to admit?"
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A different look at the story of the 3 little bears.
(above/ground, November 2014) 81/2 x 5 1/2
Goldy cannot get out of the woods in this skillfully and amusingly critical parable -- because those woods were darker and more complicated even back in 1918 than we readers first noted. Dark and complicated woods, which in Pirie's interrogative narrative become fresh woods too."
on today's woods
As if an intelligent child’s politically correct version/interpretation of the children’s story, the subtle truth and humor brings a smile as the poet chases demons. Ringing in on thoughts about injustice and the patriarchy, political schisms and racism, the unquestioning male iconoclast is called to question in the world of grizzly bears.
“the middle bed and medium chair and so-so bowl are mom’s and
The stolen things are all baby’s because injustice happens most to the smallest”
“alternate scenario: bears like their porridge cold
unlike little blondes with entitlement or no boundaries.”
In the Canadian tradition of Poet F.R. Scott writing satirical poetry and about social injustice, this is a new cyberphonic play on old themes, fantastical, as if picking up the thread and continuing. “are we still protesting this shite?” Enlightenment is the call of each new generation.
"Pirie’s today’s woods is a gorgeous example of experimental poetic collage narrative.
The texture of her language, thick and dense, is a stunning contrast to the sharp and cutting criticism levelled at the too comfortable white literary landscapes of colonized Canada. Pirie pierces the reader with the knowledge that sometimes we come to poetry in need of something that we weren’t aware we were lacking.[...]When we sit down with this chapbook, we are sitting down with our five year old selves; this poet gives us permission to grieve the flawed narrative fed to us by parents, teachers and larger cultural attitudes. That’s a tall order for a chapbook of four pages, but it’s done with such an agile voice that the reader is lulled into this jarring imaginary-real world."
Lyndsay Kirkham on today’s woods
in Broken Pencil #69, Nov 2015
A Long History of a Short History of the Vagina Eiffels
A fun rump in poems of remixing/messing with a poem of the Regina Rifles by Kemeny Babineau, Pearl Pirie, Gary Barwin and Jenny Samparisi.
(Laurel Reed Books, 2014). Edition of 39.
Vertigoheel for the Dilly
(above/ground, 2014), 8½x5½,, 20 p., $4
bastardized bastard ghazals.
""My epiphany— that Vertigoheel for the Dilly is a personal essay, touching on interests and frustrations that percolate through her social media outlets—barely skims the surface of this little chapbook’s big ambitions."
—Ryan Pratt on Vertigoheel for the Dilly at The Puritan.
"a fantastical Canadian poetry read" where "As if howlin’ and howlin’ big at the moon, the enigmatic often dislocated wordscapes present a game, to see behind the curtain, what is being said, not said, what is happening, not happening, a truncated presentation, of the life and times in 21st century N.A. The seemingly disembodied thoughts brought together for a couple of lines, a free flowing Zen of creativity and landscape within very broken places.[...] As if drawing from the tradition of poetry influenced by war, perhaps T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, the introspective and disconnected thoughts in vertigoheel for the dilly are a distinctly Canadian take on a Western world bound by war.
Often poems work on different levels, something about the poem, draws you in, becomes somehow about you or about anyone that reads it, it becomes about us. vertigoheel for the dilly, a very powerful read from The People’s Poet, Pearl Pirie."
Now available at the Ottawa Public Library for borrowing in hardcover.
Mixture of lyric, vispo and form poetry about experiencing a train.
"Her dry humour just races around inside these poems […] Pirie's mature poems are Brautiganian whip-smart and as precise as pinched purpose. […] full of wisdom and a little piss and vinegar. Someone confident enough to let loose with those assuring assessments, clinical appraisals and whimsical amusements."
—Michael Dennis on Quebec Passages, February 2015, Today's Book of Poetry
(Noun Trivet Press, 2014), 8½x11,, 34 p., $15 in person.
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