Shop > Artists' Books


Friendly + Fire

Danielle LaFrance
Talon Books
Artists' Books

Comprising experimental poetry and prose, Friendly + Fire interrogates the male subjective experience of war and the gendered implications of camaraderie or “brotherhood” while aligning the seriousness of a war target with the frivolities of gossip: “MILITARY LINGO SUBLIMATES SMACK TALK FROM HERE ON IN.”

Friendly + Fire employs a character named H.S. (also to be read as “his”) as a filter for engaging with and through real-life stories of friendly fire. In the first section, the Tarnak Farm Incident (where four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were killed by American Air Force pilot Harry Schmidt) is used as source material, intersecting with questions about receiving a “pink slip” from one’s employer and the mental and physical conditions
endured by fighter pilots (suppressed appetite, prescribed sedatives and amphetamines to regulate sleep, and stress tolerance). Reductionist language is used to describe friendship in the 21st century (forced affect in the workplace and Facebook friends).

Act I of LaFrance’s first book, Species Branding, ends with the line: “crippled on my last leg. where are our friends?” It is a question that has carried forward into Friendly + Fire, acting as the connective tissue between these two texts.

ISBN 13: 9781772010183 | ISBN 10:
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 128 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
Poetry | Backlist
Paperback Edition

  1. Friendly Fire

Related Items

  1. Anahita Jamali Rad: for love and autonomy
  2. Lisa Robertson: Cinema of the Present
  3. Oscar D’Artois: Teen Surf Goth
  4. Félicia Atkinson: A book stands un-open, like a silent and neat empty bed
  5. Movements and Centres
  6. Laura Broadbent: Interviews
  7. Paul Buonaguro: Undead
  8. Boy
  9. Dolores Dorantes: Style
  10. Jennifer Tamayo: Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes
  11. New Poetry Titles for August 2016
  12. the rou of alch
  13. Jasmine Reimer: Small Obstructions
  14. Maryse Larivière: Hummzinger
  15. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: This Accident of Being Lost
  16. Kade L. Twist: Marginal Equity
  17. Amy Wilson: Carpets of Las Vegas 2000
  18. On Fire
  19. Burning Books

Joel Stillman
  20. Sydney Hermant: Aunt Maud’s Scrapbook
  21. Brian Boigan: We Have Impact
  22. Katrin Koffman: Ensembles Assembled: In Full Color
  23. Rob Lowe: All The Fears
  24. Alona Rodeh: Safe & Sound Deluxe Edition
  25. Air Show
  26. Sakahan: International Indigenous Art
  27. The Four Poets, No.2
  28. Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry
  29. The 4 Poets Issue 4
  30. Mark Laliberte: BRICKBRICKBRICK
  31. Tim Lee: 162 People
  33. Jason Hallows and Anna Madelska: Parker Branch: Has things in Common
  34. Chris Kraus, Yaniya Lee, and Jacob Wren: P/PP Issue 02: In Different Situations Different Behaviour Will Produce Different Results