KENNEDY, Jake




Author Tags: Poetry

Jake Kennedy's chapbook of poetry Merz Structure No.2 Burnt by Children at Play (BookThug 2015) is a collection of experimental poems that meditate on grief and loss. It was inspired by Kennedy's memory of accidently burning down an abandoned house when he was a young boy. Years later studying modern art, he learned about the early 20th century German artist, Kurt Schwitters and how his renowned interior house sculpture titled "Merzbau" was destroyed in 1951 when children playing with matches accidently set fire to the structure.

Kennedy is the author of three other poetry collections: The Lateral (2010), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic (2011). His chapbook, Hazard (BookThug, 2006) won the bp Nichol Chapbook Award.

Kennedy lives in Kelowna and is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Okanagan College, specialising in modernism and the avant-garde. His poems, prose pieces, and visuals/videos have appeared in over twenty Canadian, American, and British journals.

BOOKS

Merz Structure No.2 Burnt by Children at Play (BookThug 2015) $18.00 9781771661140

Apollinaire's Speech to the War Medic (2011)

The Lateral (2010)

Hazard (BookThug, 2006)

[BCBW 2015]