Jamie Sharpe is the author of Animal Husbandry Today and Cut-Up Apologetic. He has a degree in English literature from the University of Calgary and an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia, and has taught E.S.L. and worked in record stores and as a grape-picker. Over the last decade, he has lived, for limited durations, in Nanaimo, White Rock, Whitehorse, Salmon Arm, Prince George, Galiano Island, Texada Island, Dawson and most recently Comox, BC.
Dazzle Ships: Poems
Jamie Sharpe’s Dazzle Ships draws its title from 20th century ships that employed dazzle camouflage a confusing array of lines that distorted the viewer’s perspective, using art to hide life. Sharpe’s collection is also concerned with art’s relationship to life. It questions how we build poems from the material of mass culture. And in asking whether authentic modes of expression can be found in an increasingly automated world, Sharpe creates a poetry that is at once as disturbing as it is hilarious and as deeply profound as it is subtle.