Sandra Bullock, be gone
September 10th, 2015
Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli will give a 15-minute reading from their new co-authored collection of poetry, see Rom Com, at Word Vancouver on September 27, in the poetry tent at 1 PM, VPL Main Branch.
Described–or perhaps prescribed–as an antidote to a dating culture complicated by texting, meet-up apps and pervasive images in the media, Rom Com (Talonbooks $19.95) by Vancouver poets Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli skewers the universal appeal of romantic comedies with 25 “humorous yet heartbreakingly honest” poems about modern love “steeped in nostalgia, sex, homoeroticism, race, consent, and popular culture––from irreverent verses exploring All the Places to Meet the Love of Your Life to Matthew McConaughey’s rock-hard abs.” This co-written collection asserts that the romantic comedy movie genre has had an overall damaging influence on contemporary conceptions of love. Featuring paper doll cutouts of each author on the book’s flaps, Rom Com combines a playful and sassy approach with serious criticism, “poking fun at our tendency to hold out for Mr. or Mrs. Right.” Perhaps there will be a follow-up volume espousing the virtues of holding out instead for Mr. and Mrs. Not-So-Right.
Daniel Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of the semi-annual Poetry Is Dead magazine and recipient of the 2011 Pandora’s Collective Publishers of Magazines Award.
Dina Del Bucchia was a finalist for the 2012 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.