is a first book of poems set in montreal. the language of these
poems is sonorous, and liable to leap from english to french to
patwa to joal and back. the collection investigates black "québecitude"
by looking into our place in local history, in today's city, and
in litterature. lettricity fuses the rhythms and sounds of downtown
living with those of bebop, reggae, and blues. finally, lettricity
presents the poem itself as the urban grid, through which different
(s)languages, sounds, rush-hour bottlenecks, carifiesta parades,
Kellough is a Montréal writer (via Calgary) who has
been an active member of the literary community since his arrival
in 1998. He has published in Filling Station, Matrix, Kola, Free
Fall, has written for radio (CBC, CKUT), newspaper (Globe
and Mail, The Gazette), and diverse periodicals (among them
Canadian Dimension and Rabble.ca). In 2001 he
was awarded a Canada Council writing grant to work on a book of
poems set in Montréal. Lettricity is that
book. Kaie is a member of the Québec Writers' Federation
(QWF). He has been invited to read his work in Ottawa, Toronto,
Halifax, New York, and Thunder Bay, while reading regularly in
Montréal. He was a featured artist in CBC's 2003 Canada
Reads series, to which he contributed a written work based on
the Hubert Aquin novel Prochain épisode. For the past three
years, Kaie has written, researched, produced, and hosted a CKUT
community radio show. Kaie has organized numerous readings that
have featured other local (and out-of-town) writers. He is an
active member of Montréal-based live organic improvider
Kalmunity Vibe Collective.
Kellough declares Cool Age Québécitude, /
urban vibes with négritude. /
His poetry, spare chic Shakespeare, shakes /
CanLit with reggae riff, steelpan quakes."
George Elliott Clarke
in the collection look at "black quebecitude," examining
the place of black culture(s) and communities in local art, politics
and history." Hour
book is more than a collection of poetry though. It is highly
visual, with photography capturing the urban experience, and the
poetry's text emphasizing movement." Ottawa Xpress
Kellough is rhythm personified."
Montréal Review of Books mRb
divide so you can see how their meanings slide two ways at once...Get
hold of this fun - et ultra-fine, ultra-cool - collection."
George Elliott Clarke, Chronicle Herald
some ways the book is a fixed version of Kellough's own renowned
stage performances, in which he plays with tone and pnonetics to
mould musical sounds out of poetry imagery."