BC Poetry 2017: "Leaving Mile End" by Jon Paul Fiorentino (Anvil Press)


We are all trolls—
some of us are just really well-fed
swat me in the morning

He said, “If you feel disrespected
that’s because you are”
So I doxxed him

It took me thirty-nine years
eleven months, and seventeen days
to realize that I was alone

Poetry is just an
elaborate way of
retweeting yourself


Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author of ten books including I’m Not Scared of You or Anything, which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, Needs Improvement, which was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and Indexical Elegies, which won the CBC Books “Bookie” Award for Best Book of Poetry. He lives in Montreal where he teaches Creative Writing at Concordia University, is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine, and the editor for the Serotonin/Wayside Imprint of Insomniac Press.


Leaving Mile End is Jon Paul Fiorentino’s seventh collection of poetry and tenth book—a collection of poems that documents the daily din and clatter of cafés, galleries, and dive bars that make up Mile End in Montreal, perhaps the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in the world. But this is no ordinary tour—we take a sharp turn and go online as Fiorentino mines the peculiar linguistic resources of a new world of doxxing, swatting, snarking, trolling, catfishing, and shaming. While addressing the disconnect between the way we treat each other online and the way we treat each other IRL, Leaving Mile End provides a new framework for understanding what it means to be home in 2017.


Arrived March 2017.


Book Launches: Done and gone!

Purchases: From the Anvil Press website, McNally-Robinson online, or at your local bookstore. $16.


Doxxing, swatting, snarking, trolling, catfishing, and shaming.

The copyrights of all poems included in the series remain with their authors, and are reprinted with the permission of the publishers.

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