Jawbone is a love song without sentiment, fusing art, sex, mythologies, and time. McCabe does not limit himself to a linear, lyrical retelling. He cuts and pastes eras and disciplines at will, discovering raw material to juxtapose, surrealistically depicting cause and side-effect. His textual references travel from the Epic of Gilgamesh to a manual in the cockpit on a bombing run over Tokyo to the I Ching. His poetry crackles with an ever-modulating music of obsession, a constant flow of sudden maxims of revelation, radioed to us from the beyond of art, love and freedom. This is poetry that breathes the true spirit of the avant garde: joyous, exploratory, improvisational, full of pleasure and adventure, fantasy and insight.
Steven McCabe is a poet and multidisciplinary artist originally from the American middle-west now living in Toronto. He is the author of Wyatt Earp in Dallas: 1963 (Seraphim Editions 1995) and Radio Picasso (watershedBooks 1999). He has exhibited works on canvas, paintings on paper, collaborative artworks, mixed media sculpture, and video. He teaches visual art and creative writing workshops in both private and public schools.
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