“Mooney proves himself capable of drawing unexpected connections across far-flung intellectual terrain, and of telling a good yarn without sacrificing linguistic interest.” writes The Bull Calf
What becomes of the future once the past and present have merged into one? This is the question Jacob Mooney explores in his new collection Don’t Be Interesting. With poems both thoughtful and jarring, gentle and caustic, Jacob guides the reader on a journey through place, history, culture and ideas.
Jacob is the highly acclaimed author of two previous collections of poetry, The New Layman’s Almanac and Folk, “an elaborately composed inquiry into the human need for frames, edges, borders” which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. He curates and hosts the bi-weekly Pivot Reading Series in Toronto, and was the editor of the 2015 edition of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. A Nova Scotian now living in Toronto, he is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph.
In an interview for Prism International, poet Dominique Bernier-Cormier proposes words like “premonition”, ‘extrapolation”, or “carnival-mirror-ization’ to describe “worldoff tomorrow”, the speculative future that Jacob creates in the second half of Don’t Be Interesting. Jacob responds, “All those words work for me, and I thank you for them. The idea of the future as something that lives on a like/unlike sort of “(un)canniness spectrum” speaks to me too.”
Appearing in: 40. A Quartet of Poets