Declining America

Poetry. DECLINING AMERICA is a series of long poems which depict "america" not as a nation but as a linguistic strategy. The long poems range from overtly political ("my american movie") to language-based ("software tracks"). Many of the poems were written while traveling America (the nation) and while reading Jean Baudrillard's America (the book). The poems here hold the view that the cultural imperialism of the United States has essentially rendered Canada "America" (the regime).

Rob Budde teaches creative writing at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. He has published seven books (poetry, novels, interviews, and short fiction). Find him at


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