Dissonance Engine


Dissonance Engine is an exploration of time, cognition and loss; the intersection of dream and alternate reality amidst myriad systems of control. The collection probes these themes through a multitude of forms including prose poems, palindromes, fictional journal entries, a faux manifesto, and collage poems.

A literary Necker cube, the structure of this multilayered work reflects its subjects; anamorphic transformation on paper. Amidst poems about loss, melancholy, love, connection, longing and the natural world, Dowker scours the dissonance engine of the media spectacle, to stare into gnostic estrangement and question the “time-sensitive material” of language.


David Dowker

David Dowker was born in Kingston, Ontario but has lived most of his life in Toronto. He was the editor of The Alterran Poetry Assemblage from 1996 to 2004. He is the author of Machine Language (2010), Virtualis: Topologies of the Unreal, co-written with Christine Stewart (2013), and Mantis (2018).
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Contains the poems: Context Event Recognition – Gyrostatic – Social Interface Protocols – Disjunction, or Pogo-logos – Interlinear Decoherence – Tonal Syntax – … 17 $1.70


Contains the poems: from Metatronic: An Alchemical Journal – Identification – Micropoetics, or the Decoherence of Connectionism – Palindrome – Tottering Autoclade. 11 $1.10


Contains the poems: Bit Iteration – Crash Flow – Thuddite – Sentimental Necessity – Protective Intimacy – Pastoral Logic – Anamnesis – Whet Amulet … 26 $2.60


Contains the poems: Dissonance Engine – Indirect Evidence of What Is – Parabasis, or the Social Logic of Late Fatalism – Latent Adjacency – So Near, So Far – In … 18 $1.80