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a minute or two

a minute or two / without remembering by Claudia Coutu Radmore

(Two Cultures Press, 2010)

This poetic narrative explores the history, culture and actual experiences of "New France" settlers in Canada between the years 1672 to 1792. Speakers were chosen who would best portray the history, culture and actual experiences of these settlers in a new land.  Each character in this moving historical drama speaks with a distinct poetic voice.  First edition now available here at Two Cultures Press.

A Smoother Pebble, A Prettier Shell (1996)

A Smoother Pebble, A Prettier Shell by Ken Stange
(Penumbra Press, 1996)

Science and art and literature come together in this book of stunning images accompanied by poems and scientific explications of the beauty that can be found deep in the mines and minds of modern science.  Signed limited editions available here at Two Cultures Press.

Advice To Travellers (1994)

Advice To Travellers by Ken Stange
(Penumbra Press, 1994)

Poems as readable as an advice column, but as "unsentimental as spit on the sidewalk." As a Books in Canada reviewer remarked, Stange’s verse "achieves a hard precision": this is a book for travellers, not mere tourists.  Signed limited editions available here at Two Cultures Press.

Art's In The Head, Not The Hand (2015)

Art's In The Head, Not The Hand: A Digital Retrospective by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2015)

This book is a retrospective ‘hard copy’ of the complete first one hundred digital art series created by Ken Stange over a period of almost three decades. It includes an introductory essay explaining the philosophy behind the work: he and others lacking the formerly required skills associated with creating visual art have been empowered by science and technology.

Bourgeois Pleasures (1984)

Bourgeois Pleasures by Ken Stange
(The Quarry Press, 1984)

As much about bourgeois pain as pleasure, this extended narrative combines prose and poetry in a long letter to a friend who is in denial of his roots.  The poems in this book originally appeared in numerous prestigious journals and anthologies, but the book pulling them all together into an extended narrative has long been out of print.  Now some signed limited editions are available here at Two Cultures Press.

Bushed (1979)

Bushed by Ken Stange
(York Publishing, 1979)

A “multi-genre novel” that confronts the awesome—and magnificently indifferent—power of The Boreal North.  The Globe & Mail reviewer remarked that "Bushed is to the mentality of the urban sprawl what James Dickey's Deliverance was to the Boy Scouts of America...an atavistic tour de force...a work of startling power and insight".  Only a very limited number of copies (signed by the author) are still available for sale.

Cold Pigging Poetics (1981)

Cold Pigging Poetics by Ken Stange
(York Publishing, 1981)

Prose and poetry and you-name-it come together in this bizarre and entertaining collection of ‘experiments”.  As the Windsor Star reviewer remarked, Stange is expert at "elaborate co-mingling of forms". Alternatively deadly serious and flippant, obscure and blunt, the experiments in this book play with everything from mathematics to anecdotes told from a bar stool.  A limited number of copies (signed by the author) are still available for sale.

Colonization Of a Cold Planet (2008)

Colonization Of a Cold Planet by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2008)

Originally published in Northward Journal, this play for voices about three men trying to survive in a cold and hostile wilderness is now available in book format.  Based on a true story set in the Canadian arctic, this retelling is set in a new world and is as much a tale of the psychology of survival as of the brutal realities of physical survival.  This is Two Cultures Press’s premier publication.

Embracing The Moon (2013) Embracing The Moon: Twenty-Five Little Worlds by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2013)

The poet Li Po drowned after trying to embrace the moon reflected in the still waters of an isolated lake. These 25 concise and sensuous poems, each paired with a stunning and provocative colour artwork, also embrace that incarnation of the tantalizing mystery of our existence in this immense universe that the moon universally symbolizes. Signed first editions available here at Two Cultures Press at bookstore prices.
Explaining Canada: A Primer For Yanks (2014) Explaining Canada: A Primer For Yanks by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2014)

Explaining Canada is a humorous and satirical contemporary guide to Canada intended for both American and Canadian readership. It deals with the cultural differences between Canada and America, including the arts, politics, ethnicity, and attitudes.  Of course nobody can really explain Canada. Americans might find some of the remarks about their country's idiosyncrasies annoying, just as Canadians might object to the description of Canada's quirks. Signed first editions available.
God When He's Drunk (2012) God When He's Drunk by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2012)

A collection of 18 stylistically and thematically diverse stories, including "The Heart Of A Rat", which won the prestigious Exile/Vanderbilt Prize for short fiction. New Release. Signed first editions available.
Going Home: Cycling Through The Heart of America (2014) Going Home: Cycling Through The Heart Of America by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2014)

The record of a bike trip the author took with his son from New Orleans back up the map to Canada. It is about a father's three-week return to the country of his youth and his son's introduction to it. And about seeing the heartland of America up close, and about the people they met along the way. Signed first editions available here at Two Cultures Press.
Love Is A Grave (1978)

Love Is A Grave by Ken Stange
(Nebula Press, 1978)

Poems as much about lust as love, as much about death as about love, as much about death as the 'little death'.  The author clearly agrees with Plato that “love is a grave… mental illness”.  But also knows how to savor sickness.  The original edition is out of print but is now available in inexpensive downloadable PDF format.

More Than Ample (2009) More Than Ample by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2009)

A previously unpublished comic novel written before political correctness took hold and before the author was even tempted to take philosophy, sex, and maturity seriously. It’s a tale of three days in a small Northern Ontario college town that changed the life of an almost young, accident prone, hopelessly romantic, hormone motivated, and gainfully unemployed philosopher.  Signed limited editions available at bookstore prices.
Nocturnal Rhythms (1979)

Nocturnal Rhythms by Ken Stange
(Penumbra Press, 1979)

A collection of poems exploring the night side of human nature.  These very ‘musical’ poems offer "delights and difficulties" (The Globe and Mail) while remaining accessible. ("Stange can still blow me from the page with one of his easy sounding, chunky poems." Rubicon reviewer.)   Signed first editions available.

Secret Agents Past: The Parting Of The Waters (2014) Secret Agents Past: The Parting Of The Waters by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2014)

This is the first in a trilogy on the similarities and the differences in creativity in the arts and in the sciences. While informal in tone and sprinkled with personal anecdotes, it is an in-depth examination of the topic. By closely examining the similarities and differences in the nature of creativity in these two domains, it resolves the false division of art and science. Signed first editions available.
Secret Agents Present: Looking Through A Glass Darkly (2014) Secret Agents Present: Looking Through A Glass Darkly by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2014)

This is the second in a trilogy on the similarities and the differences in creativity in the arts and in the sciences. This book focuses on the current status of creativity in the arts and sciences and what is known about the relationship of mental illness, morality, memory, and motivation to creative accomplishment. It also considers the effects of new creative tools on the evolving definition of 'creativity'. Signed first editions available.
Secret Agents Future: Going Where There Be Dragons (2014) Secret Agents Future: Going Where There Be Dragons by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2014)

This final book in the Secret Agents trilogy is more speculative, for it attempts to extrapolate future developments in creative endeavour. The exponential growth in technology equips artists with new tools, and thus inevitably introduces them to the value of science in their own creative domain. Its generally optimistic predictions are based on recent trends that suggest the pointless rift between science and art is finally being bridged.  Signed first editions available.
The Sad Science Of Love (2010) The Sad Science Of Love by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2010)

What defines real civilization is art and science. What defines a realized life is love. These are poems about both the difficult art, and the sad science, of loving. Includes original art.  Signed first editions available.
These Proses A Problem Or Two (2008) These Proses A Problem Or Two by Ken Stange
(Two Cultures Press, 2008)


A connected collection of often humorous experiments with prose that merges into poetry, stuff previously only available between the covers of periodicals as diverse as Strange Faeces and The Antigonish Review.  Surreal stories.  Quasi-scientific riffs.  Allegories and alliterative allusionary tales.  Puns and pretensions punctured. Just plain linguistic fun.  This is Two Cultures Press’s second publication.


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