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The Relativistic Empire

by (author) Samuel Andreyev

Book*hug Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2015
General, Canadian
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    Oct 2015
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Samuel Andreyev inhabits several worlds: he is bilingual and lives in France; he is an internationally-known composer; and he is a writer whose material is the bric-a-brac of everyday speech and rhetoric, forged into a poetry of obsessive perfectionism.
Part mental autobiography, part ode to a new, radically mobile consciousness—The Relativistic Empire combines the diagrammatic elegance of the comic strip with the complexity and elusiveness of symbolism.

About the author

Samuel Andreyev is a writer, composer, teacher, and performer whose vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions are performed around the world. He operated The Expert Press, a small press devoted to contemporary poetry, for several years in Toronto. His first major collection of poems, entitled Evidence, was released in 2009. Born and raised in Ontario, Andreyev studied composition, musical acoustics, orchestration, electroacoustics, and musical analysis at the Paris Conservatory and (CNSMDP) and IRCAM (Paris). He has lived in France since 2003, where he is currently employed as a Professor of Musical Analysis at Conservatoire de Cambrai (France), and as a freelance composer, writer, and oboist. Connect with Andreyev at or Twitter @samuelandreyev.

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Editorial Reviews

“Andreyev uses his line breaks a lot to undermine general sense, yet this jagged little pile of words does its job of keeping readers off balance & dancing to his tune.”—Electric Ruckus

“These are poems that react, question and comment, shifting both the familiar and the unfamiliar into their opposites.”—rob mclennan's blog

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