Life Experience Coolant is a collection of four long poems informed by artistic isolation, directionless reading, and the avoidance mechanisms that make poetry simultaneously possible and impossible at our current cultural velocity. Using methodologies of textual appropriation, collage, rehistoricization and self-sufficent rhetoricality, Life Experience Coolant address transgenderedness, the late-late-late capitalist situation, gaming culture and new media, contemporary Canadian politics, and satirizations of conceptual poetics and antimemoir. As well as love.
“We pass through a consciousness entertaining the non-effects of large doses of Lurasidone, the realism of a Hermann Broch character (Huguenau), Islamic apophaticism, all in the first pages of the first poem. A raw realism where everything could happen at once is on display here or, better yet, a phenomenology in its purest state, sped by a happy confidence in the energies and various intentionalities in the state of ordinary wakefulness. There is a generosity in this writing, a refusal to mask any of the intimacy of the numerous exchanges it reports. This isn’t chic LA performance art, this isn’t what you’d call a ‘safe place,’ this is a poem.” — Tim Lilburn
“Satiatory relaxcellence, from the leisurely experiential wealth of the margins. Beheaded then reheaded, a slangy tractatus. Delicious as tears. An improvement of serious culture. Totally ok with stuff. Tofurkyish in the best possible way, revels in revelatory giddiness between recreational arson and hot-yogic heat-signatures. (These anarchoprimitivists sure are some fun peepz.) Gasoline is flammable as Life Experience Coolant. GET TO THIS, partake.” — Donato Mancini
Colin Fulton was born in Calgary in 1987 but grew up in Nova Scotia. More recently they spent time in British Columbia while studying at the University of Victoria where they graduated with a double major in Poetry and Political Ecology, as well as a minor in Philosophy, Fulton currently lives in Montreal where they are pursuing a Master’s degree in English. Life Experience Coolant is their first book.
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