Adeena Karasick’s third book of poems provides the reader with an experience akin to a roman candle going off in the dark night of your soul. Palimpsesting Hitler and Derrida with The Violent Femmes, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, images from consumer advertising, and the cartoons of Gary Larson, Genrecide explores the intersection of multiple cultures, codes, idioms, and constructs that impact on the social construction of female identity. An extended and extensive play and pun on shifting perspectives of language, it provides radical possibilities for meaning production. Genrecide explores the relation of genre / genus / genesis /gender and carves out a s/cite for a culturally concerned Canadian feminist poetics.
"Karasick’s is less a poetry of ideas than ideas of poetry – plural, cascading, exuberant in their cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory."
"… an interlingual, intralingual, and intersemiotic translation of various discources (poetic, critical, autobiographical, feminist, and historical, with a special focus on the history of Jews and the Holocaust) and languages (English, French, German, Hebrew), including the intersemiotic transcoding between the body and writing…. In the tradition of the historical avant-garde…the writing is certainly a feast for readers who appreciate the "dance of the intellect".
(Canadian Book Review Annual)
- "Slick Karasick Lets Words Play" by Charlie Cho in The Vancouver Courier. Sunday, November 23, 1997.
- "Bridging the Genre Gap" by Chris Paré in The Link, November 26, 1996.
- "Karasick’s Beautiful Linguistic Carnage" by tricia salah in Word 3, February, 1997.
- "Adeena Karasick Gets a Kick Out of Language" by Colin Dennis in Concordia’s Thursday Report. June 5, 1997.
- CBRA, Vol 23, #3185, p.229, 1999.