CORNER PIECES | Lance Blomgren


Corner Pieces is Blomgren’s follow-up to Walkups, his docudrama about Montreal apartments. Evolving out of Blomgren’s ongoing fascination with architecture, Corner Pieces finds his distinctive voice expanding out of the domestic sphere and moving onto the streets.

Composed as a series of elegies to particular places, both real and imaginary, this collection traces a cartography of desire and frustration, loss and redemption, set amidst the backdrop of the contemporary urban spectacle. Street corners, indistinct industrial zones, central business districts and public squares become sites where the ideals and failures of urban planning collide with direct, personal experience. Here, lovers make out in discreet, unused corners; protesters march the streets in a bewildered state of empowerment and sadness; a two-storey stack of towels becomes a public sculpture of religious contemplation.

Blomgren’s fictions move formally and conceptually between autobiographical vignette, sociological study, historical monument plan, architecture proposal, civic protest and love ballad, to create a psychological documentary of contemporary urban life.

ISBN 1894994043 | 112 pages |  conundrum press | Andy Brown design




“A crooked, smudged line between rhythmic genius and delicate arrogance….[Blomgren] may piss you off, make you laugh out loud, or cause you to reconsider your sexuality.” — subTerrain Magazine (January 2006–Issue #42)

“Blomgren is a human conveyor belt of ideas and images” — Montreal Review of Books (Issue #16, Spring/Summer 2005)

“Corner Pieces flowed through my mind like the cream in my coffee–liberally and to my unctuous benefit…one of the juiciest little packages I’ve come across in recent times.” — Isa Tousignant, Hour (Montreal) (April 7, 2005)

“Corner Pieces is dead sexy, whip-smart, a little cheeky, and just big enough to fit into your pocket” — Elizabeth Bachinsky, Pacific Rim Review of Books (Issue #2, Fall 2005)

“[Corner Pieces] is art writing without affectation, unless by affect, we mean a biting sense of pathos.” — Aaron Peck, Terminal City, January 20, 2005

“Discontinuity is this book’s continuity…the pleasures here are all in the undecideable, and my postmodern glands swell at the reading.” — Stephen Collis, Vancouver Rain Review of Books, Fall 2005.