Pub date: Spring 2016
“Lori Cayer’s Dopamine Blunder peels back one layer of happiness after another, right down to the neuro-transmitters. Not far from the circuitry of addiction, and twitchy with the irradiated secrets of love, these poems move through their own hierarchy of needs to an acceptance that is far from transcendent but very much of this world. Full of spiny regrets and forest balms, they are also full of laundry. After all, ‘it looks like someone lives here’. And for this, as for so much else in this fine new book, we should count our ragged blessings.”—Monty Reid, author of Meditatio Placentae and The Luskville Reductions
“Dopamine Blunder? Here is a poetry in which algorithms inform rhythms and sense trades bons mots with nonsense. Lori Cayer knows that ‘happiness’ is an equation that spells out a comfy reality. The poet articulates the antics of language, so that abstractions seem as sensual as the physical–and vice versa. The poet appreciates that words tend away ‘from our singular hands / our rhetorical happenings sent / from the gift economy, received at the door like / on-line orders.’ In Cayer’s vision, a diamond is ‘a light scissor, bright fossil, a hole of gravity.’ Her poems are odes to metaphysical perception.”—George Elliott Clarke, 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate
“Cayer looks at what it means to emote, to feel, and to strive to recreate those moments of happiness… a complex collection that requires rumination and exploration beyond the page into the self and the world around us.” Serena Augosto-Cox, Savvy Verse and Wit
“One of the tropes of this collection is ‘If you want to be happy, be’… Compositions move from last line to first… The poet is subversive throughout.”—Anne Burke, poets.ca
“There is much to love in Dopamine Blunder… Readers that lean toward the lyrical will find enough to feed on, and those that prefer the conceptual will be just as pleased, as Cayer’s poems manage to bridge the neural gap between the two forms effortlessly.”—Al Rempel, Arc Poetry Magazine
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Lori Cayer is the author of two volumes of poetry: Stealing Mercury and Attenuations of Force. She is a former co-editor for Contemporary Verse 2 and is co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie. She has previously served as the Manitoba rep for the League of Canadian Poets and currently sits as secretary on the League’s National Council.