For The Theory of the Loser Class
Fiorentino is smart and deft.
GLOBE AND MAIL
The Theory of the
Loser Class is a
glamorously designed, serious,
wrenching tour de force of intellectual stamina and his signature brand
of lyrical self-torture.
The short stories in Jon Paul Fiorentino’s Asthmatica tickle the funny bone every time.
Jon Paul Fiorentino's ingeniously silly Asthmatica is a keeper.
Jon Paul Fiorentino is one witty, daring mofo ... [his] graceful
language coupled with his unabashed need to confess and elaborate on
the most disgusting of life's truths make this book a very satisfying
This collection is refreshingly light hearted ... a very real blessing.
QUILL AND QUIRE
Introducing a Montreal talent you'll read again and again. Asthmatica is one you'll want to own.
An idiosyncratic and savagely funny memoir. (Four stars.)
[Fiorentino] is able to blend deliberately funny zingers with stern and powerfully guided craftsmanship.
THE DANFORTH REVIEW
Asthmatica is a seamlessly funny, smart, naughty read filled with irreverent insights.
MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS
Fiorentino writes in an effortless voice, free flowing and
conversationally witty ... The imagery of Fiorentino's prose is
Jon Paul Fiorentino's latest collection is an acidly funny series of
stories ... The outrageous humour of Asthmatica's stories, lists and
crossword puzzles delivers a stealth attack against sterile
hyper-suburbia, mall capitalism and familial norms.
For Hello Serotonin
Fiorentino strikes notes of chilling freshness by linking drugs, synaptic networks, and the other webs that bind and enable us.
QUILL AND QUIRE
Fiorentino is in the midst of something grand.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL
Like the trained and tensile limbs of a magician, the poems in Hello
Serotonin are at once dextrous and sinister. They offer a precise yet
rousing elaboration of the sparking of thought from transmitter to
receptor, of the leap of language (and its downfall) across the
celebrated, complex, and always crossed lines of neurotransmission.
The lovely oddness and contextual grace of Hello Serotonin resonate
long after you've finished reading – profusion of tantalizing
questions and all.
For resume drowning
[Fiorentino] is not only a linguistically skilled, theoretically
avant-garde academic poet, but also a humane, sometimes warm, always
beating heart whose very cynicism transcends the limitations of
THE ANTIGONISH REVIEW
resume drowning is an interesting collection which reworks the lyric
for our pharmaceutically and culturally alienated times. If you are
tired of media displays of emotion, Oprah and public confessions, this
may provide the tonic you need.
In a literary landscape filled with "Botox" poetry and ATM poetics,
resume drowning stands as a counter-cultural statement. Like all good
art, it exceeds itself, gesturing beyond its own boundaries to the
resumption of something lost, something dear.
PRAIRIE FIRE REVIEW OF BOOKS
For Transcona Fragments
Fiorentino is a master of syntax, enmeshing language with lyrical wit .
. . an attractive, appealing book, Transcona Fragments transcends the
poetic history of a neighborhood. More importantly, it is the narrative
of the people from Transcona that these poems tell so beautifully.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Jon Paul Fiorentino can worry a little less than others. Last week,
Transcona Fragments, his focused, lyrical and mildly mind-altered
poetry beat out Carol Shields as a prairie best-seller. Talent probably
has as much to do with his recent success as technology. With this
collection, grounded in the working-class Winnipeg suburb he grew up
in, Fiorentino establishes himself as a Canadian William Carlos
Williams, with a dash of Al Purdy.
One of Montreal’s finest poets.