Stephen Bett

Re-positioningpreviousnext Ekstasis Editions

Stephen Bett’s new book of poetry Re-positioning is based on a hilarious soft-porn spoof. Each poem begins with a simple blank-face, stark naked line drawing of “boy & girl next door” figures in utterly physically impossible sexual “positions.” Accompanying the text are witty cultural or literary allusions, a calorie burn count for “him” & “her,” equipment required (deodorant, etc.), cautions & hazards (such as requiring a lawyer and/or chiropractor). In this volume, Bett is riffing on language itself. These humorous, self-referential poems are tied to the langue, the argot, not just comic satire. There’s an effort at a more serious humour underlying cultural and philosophical issues that seem to plague us in our increasingly vapid monoculture.

Stephen Bett’s works are characteristically sharp and superficially simple. Yet they mask a sincere emotion which, in subsequent readings, grows deeper with intensity. Brevity yields nuances, words become packed with unsaid dialogue, lines are meant to be read ‘in between.’
—Tuesday Poem, an international poetry blog

Stephen Bett has published eleven books of poetry including Track This: a book of relationship (BlazeVOX Books), S PLIT (Ekstasis Editions) and Extreme Positions: the soft-porn industry exposed (Spuyten Duyvil Books). A twelfth book is forthcoming in 2012: The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, Ireland). His work has also appeared in well over 100 literary journals in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, and Finland, as well as in three anthologies, and on radio. He lives in Vancouver. For reviews of his books, please see

ISBN 978-1-897430-41-5
116 pages
6 x 9
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