Nikki Reimer

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Photo credit: 
Tiffany Leung
1980
Biography: 

Nikki Reimer lives on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. She writes poetry, essays and criticism, organizes in community, yells on the internet, and makes digital art. Her published books are DOWNVERSE and [sic]; My Heart is a Rose Manhattan is forthcoming from Talonbooks. Her creative and non-fiction work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in various magazines, journals and anthologies. Reimer explores found and remixed methods for generating material, including n+1 and blackout methods. She writes primarily in free verse, and writes poetry on feminist issues, urban life, loss and grief, politics, and other heavy subjects, though her work is also at times darkly funny and absurd.

Micro-interview: 
Did you read poetry when you were in high school? Is there a particular poem that you loved when you were a teenager?: 

I read poetry in high school, and used to inscribe my favourite song lyrics in my exercise books, and one particularly punk pair of jeans. My very favourite poem from late adolescence is Frank O’Hara’s “Song (Is it Dirty),” which made it’s way into my first book of poetry as an epigraph. O'Hara's tone is both exulting and blunt, poetic, but anti-whimsical. "That's not a thought, that's soot." The city is dirty, and we love it.

When did you first start writing poetry? And then when did you start thinking of yourself as a poet?: 

I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child, and started thinking of myself as a poet when I was in high school.

What do you think a poet’s “job” is?: 

A poet’s job is to challenge mainstream culture’s definition of the world, to explore the world as they see it, and to define new possible worlds.

If you have a poem in our anthology what inspired you to write it?: 

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If you had to choose one poem to memorize from our anthology, which one would it be?: 

“Trust Fund Witches” by Emma Healey. I love the assonance, alliteration, sensual glittery imagery. The scene Healey weaves is as gritty as O'Hara's odes to New York, but Healey reminds us about the capital that underpins bohemian luxury. These witches have "glittering auras," they're fashionably lo-fi, but with wealth that allows them to move through walls. Who belongs? Who owns? Who stays?

Publications: 
Title: 
DOWNVERSE
Publisher: 
Talonbooks
Date: 
2014
Publication type: 
Book
Title: 
[sic]
Publisher: 
Frontenac House
Date: 
2010
Publication type: 
Book
Poem title(s): 
“The Big Other”
Title: 
Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humourous Avant-Garde and Post-Avant English Canadian Poetry
Publisher: 
Insomniac Press
Editors: 
ryan fitzpatrick and Jonathan Ball
Date: 
2014
Publication type: 
Anthology