This debut novel will appeal to readers interested in speculative and climate fiction, satire, fiction about music/musicians. Themes of environmental catastrophe, digital monopoly, resistance to authoritarianism and white supremacy. Will appeal as well to poets, poet-critics, lovers and haters of William Logan (aka everyone who’s ever heard of him), lovers and haters of literary Twitter
Specialized markest: readers of verse novels like Robin Robertson’s Booker Prize-shortlisted The Long Take and readers of formalist poetry: FW is a 21st century Rape of the Lock.
A sci-fi novel in heroic couplets, Forgotten Work is inspired by, among others, William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives, and Nabokov’s Pale Fire
Early advance reviews, including one from Christian Wiman, former editor of Poetry Magazine, praise Forgotten Work’s intelligence, formal dexterity, and humour
Guriel’s work has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, and elsewhere; and he has been a paid blogger for Harriet (Poetry Foundation) and awarded Poetry’s Editors Prize for Book Reviewing
Jason Guriel is the author of several collections of poems and a book of essays. His writing has appeared in Slate, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Toronto.