Based On Actual Events

Robert Moore

Taking its inspiration from Melville’s famous line “If man will strike, strike through the mask!”, Based on Actual Events punches through the surface of visible things, grabbing wild at the drifting actual. Calling himself a “a realist in fabulist clothing,” Robert Moore gives us a book-length sequence of sleek, fiercely comic, colloquial poems whose aphoristic storytelling is pegged to a nostalgia for sublimity. His project is to find new frames of reference for our estrangement from the world. With each burst of invention and stylistic high-spiritedness (“So we reverse engineered the awesome and all we got / was this lousy poesy”), Based on Actual Events adds up to be Moore’s best book yet.

Signal Editions
Poetry 2016


"...[T]he collection... features a successful mixing of registers and vocabularies as it channels elements of philosophy, literature, and pop culture." - Dale Tracy, Canadian Literature

Robert Moore's previous books are So Rarely in Our Skins (2002), Museum Absconditum (2006] Figuring Ground (2009) and The Golden book of Bovinities (2012). He has been a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the ReLit Award. He lives in Saint John, New Brunswick. 

Other books by Robert Moore: The Golden book of Bovinities
8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550654615

CDN $17.95

Trade paperback
88 pp 8.5" x 5.5"
ISBN13: 9781550654554

CDN $17.95
US & International
US $14.95