The Pornographer's Poem by Michael Turner
A Novel

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As a grade seven student living in an affluent suburb of Vancouver, our unnamed narrator and his closest friend, Nettie, are introduced to the wonderful world of super-8 filmmaking by a progressive young teacher. Together Nettie and the narrator find in film a means of expressing their somewhat skewed worldviews. At the age of sixteen the narrator gets his first taste of adult cinema. Shortly before that, he shoots his first adult film, surreptitiously capturing his neighbors having sex on their back porch. From these linked experiences, he realizes that through representations of sexual activity he can comment on that which he finds both painful and confusing. Nettie, an idealistic poet now living in London and the one person with whom the narrator genuinely connects, sees in pornography the opportunity to do something artistic, liberating, and socially relevant. She pushes the narrator to make films that subvert the way the world is constructed. Ultimately, despite his radical intentions, the narrator falls into a world of greed, delusion, and hypocrisy, the same world he once rebelled against.
 

About Michael Turner

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Michael Turner is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Reading.
 
Published January 1, 1999 by Doubelday. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Pornographer's Poem Michael Turner 320pp, Sceptre, £12 Buy it at BOL The Canadian Michael Turner has a knack for titles.

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Dirty talk and drugs, dreams and reality all swirl around in a strange and sometimes impenetrable world, relayed to the reader by a character who prides himself on his ability to lie, even as he's being interrogated by a mysterious and threatening tribunal.

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Turner has yet to properly follow this book up with anything else, though a new edition of his 1997 book American Whiskey Bar has just been re-released by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver.

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