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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Talonbooks (Sept. 9 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889229090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889229099
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,261,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In "Fortified Castles", our hero shakes down identities like a spike-filled log mashes down the meadow. In the fervor of a squint, fitzpatrick rakes the way for a honky-tonk revolution in a felt square to sip tonics of swell emotions much more dangerous than motorcycles. "Fortified Castles" simmers a deft cauldron of trend patrol--able to frack Kodak moments into bankrupt selfies and drain histories into broken presents. With sunshine enough to fill lonely bottles, fitzpatrick shoots a friendly neighborhood spitball that props us up at the door of a room we live, long for, and long to leave, oh so thankful for its lock."
--Chris Ewart, author of "Miss Lamp"

""Fortified Castles" is a book full of twists: a series of ambiguous manuals, a book-length personality quiz gone terribly awry. At first glance, characters seem self-assured--but don't be fooled. Like Beckett's talking heads, fitzpatrick's playful voices point to a larger confusion. They look at us, baffled. They point and stare. They nod their heads and pat their stomachs. And then they ask, ever so politely: Who the hell are you?"
--Sandy Pool, author of "Exploding into Night" and "Undark"



"In "Fortified Castles," our hero shakes down identities like a spike-filled log mashes down the meadow. In the fervor of a squint, fitzpatrick rakes the way for a honky-tonk revolution in a felt square to sip tonics of swell emotions much more dangerous than motorcycles. "Fortified Castles" simmers a deft cauldron of trend patrol-able to frack Kodak moments into bankrupt selfies and drain histories into broken presents. With sunshine enough to fill lonely bottles, fitzpatrick shoots a friendly neighborhood spitball that props us up at the door of a room we live, long for, and long to leave, oh so thankful for its lock."
--Chris Ewart, author of "Miss Lamp"

""Fortified Castles" is a book full of twists: a series of ambiguous manuals, a book-length personality quiz gone terribly awry. At first glance, characters seem self-assured--but don't be fooled. Like Beckett's talking heads, fitzpatrick's playful voices point to a larger confusion. They look at us, baffled. They point and stare. They nod their heads and pat their stomachs. And then they ask, ever so politely: Who the hell are you?"
--Sandy Pool, author of "Exploding into Night" and "Undark"


"In Fortified Castles, our hero shakes down identities like a spike-filled log mashes down the meadow. In the fervor of a squint, fitzpatrick rakes the way for a honky-tonk revolution in a felt square to sip tonics of swell emotions much more dangerous than motorcycles. Fortified Castles simmers a deft cauldron of trend patrol-able to frack Kodak moments into bankrupt selfies and drain histories into broken presents. With sunshine enough to fill lonely bottles, fitzpatrick shoots a friendly neighborhood spitball that props us up at the door of a room we live, long for, and long to leave, oh so thankful for its lock."
--Chris Ewart, author of Miss Lamp

"Fortified Castles is a book full of twists: a series of ambiguous manuals, a book-length personality quiz gone terribly awry. At first glance, characters seem self-assured--but don't be fooled. Like Beckett's talking heads, fitzpatrick's playful voices point to a larger confusion. They look at us, baffled. They point and stare. They nod their heads and pat their stomachs. And then they ask, ever so politely: Who the hell are you?"
--Sandy Pool, author of Exploding into Night and Undark


"In Fortified Castles, our hero shakes down identities like a spike-filled log mashes down the meadow. In the fervor of a squint, fitzpatrick rakes the way for a honky-tonk revolution in a felt square to sip tonics of swell emotions much more dangerous than motorcycles. Fortified Castles simmers a deft cauldron of trend patrol-able to frack Kodak moments into bankrupt selfies and drain histories into broken presents. With sunshine enough to fill lonely bottles, fitzpatrick shoots a friendly neighborhood spitball that props us up at the door of a room we live, long for, and long to leave, oh so thankful for its lock."
--Chris Ewart, author of Miss Lamp

"Fortified Castles is a book full of twists: a series of ambiguous manuals, a book-length personality quiz gone terribly awry. At first glance, characters seem self-assured--but don't be fooled. Like Beckett's talking heads, fitzpatrick's playful voices point to a larger confusion. They look at us, baffled. They point and stare. They nod their heads and pat their stomachs. And then they ask, ever so politely: Who the hell are you?"
--Sandy Pool, author of Exploding into Night and Undark

About the Author

Ryan fitzpatrick is a poet and critic living in Vancouver. He is the author of Fake Math (Snare Books, 2007), as well as a dozen chapbooks, including the recent 21st Century Monsters (Red Nettle Press, 2012), shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. While living in Calgary, he was an editor of Filling Station magazine and an organizer of the Flywheel Reading Series. With Jonathan Ball, he is co-editor of Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Canadian Poetry (Insomniac Press, 2014). With Janey Dodd, he is in the early stages of organizing a comprehensive digital archive of Calgary small presses between 1990 and 2010. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Simon Fraser University, where he works on contemporary poetics and the social production of space.


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