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Monthly archive July, 2005

My summer of love. This was recommended more than once, and while it was certainly well done, I can’t say that it was enjoyable. Lesbian she-devil casting her spell. Evil lurking in teenage romance.

Sailing

Wow. I had never been so close to these babies as we were yesterday, tacking back and forth across English Bay. Containers of goods spoiling one supposes, while the truckers battle it out… Bummer for all those kiddies who won’t get their school supplies on time! Who knew they arrived on these ships??More sailing photos....

Vancouver

Back on the west coast. Never left coast. Leftist of coasts. Subduction zone. Blinding all around and nowhere, wondering about a center. Full moon sea wall walk Wednesday. Wow. Welcome home.

Hejinian obsession

The profusion of fake blogs makes me scratch my head…what’s up with that? I can imagine being obsessed with a text. And I can imagine posting it (I love clicking onto Samuel Pepys diary for instance). What I can’t imagine is posting it anonymously.

COLOUR!!

I’m quite drunk on colour these days…I just want to ingest it, there’s no other way to describe it. Perhaps it’s some kind of vitamin deficiency? Or just being in Toronto? (Ouch, two whacks on the head by my Toronto friends…) This is Anne’s new Hibiscus which I planted on her patio. There are more...

Difference between Poetry and Prose

The question of the difference between poetry and prose is a persistant one, and an important one to wrestle with at some point in any reader or writer’s lifetime. I’m always interested in finding the edge of whatever genre I’m engaged in at the moment, whether it’s a script or a poem. To my mind...

Colour at the AGO

Great show on at the AGO. The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005, takes the viewer on a tour of the last half century’s fascination with colour and form. Artists such as Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, along with folks such as Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin, a Canadian artist who spent much...

Still & Otherwise

If you know anything about Greenboathouse, you know that they make beautiful books. I’m happy to say that Still & Otherwise is due out this month. Check out the boathouse.

Andre kertesz

Another great show at Stephen Bulger, always a first stop when I get to Toronto. And last weekend, despite the horrific heat, I paid a visit to Queen West to see Andre Kertesz’s photographs at the new gallery. The gallery sports a gorgeous flat-panelled wooden door, but otherwise is simple, even a bit smaller. I...

Poets Talk, by Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy

This is a fantastic book! I bought it this weekend and immediately read the Erin Moure, Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, and Robert Kroetsch straight through… The conversation is intimate and informative, not condescending, but challenging and critical in a feminist and humanist sense. The electrical current of the questions should be a sharp reminder to...

Jan Zwicky

Jan Zwicky has published three books in the past year or two. (And I thought I was busy!). Thirty-seven Small Songs and Thirteen Silences followed Robinson’s Crossing last fall, and the most daunting Wisdom and Metaphor (Gaspereau Press, 2004) just before that. Zwicky’s Songs for Relinquishing the Earth catapulted her into the national spotlight and...

New Sappho Poem

Thank you Sappho, for daring to broach the subject of aging. I’m sure even in classical Greece (maybe especially??), there were serious feelings about aging… This poem, from the TLS, includes the author of the piece’s notions about how the poem might have been filled out. These in brackets: [You for] the fragrant-blossomed Muses’ lovely...

Nothing but flowers, Tavistock Square

There’s just not much to say in response to ongoing violence the world over. It all seems incredibly far removed from the friendly shores of Ontario, I’ll tell you that much. All I can offer is this Lily. Yesterday I spent planting a perennial container garden for Bob’s Mom and I was thankful for such...

Paul Dutton

Paul Dutton,originally uploaded by lemon hound. See post below. Dutton warms up.

Art Bar, Toronto

Karen Solie and Paul Dutton last night. Solie read from her new book Modern & Normal, due out from Brick this fall. Of course an excerpt from that book is available now in OPEN FIELD which is out in stores as I write this. Solie is one of the poets who came down to New...

Toronto!

Toronto! A gorgeous day in the big smoke, not a cloud to be seen. And we had our usual high tech cloud defense system in place as you can see. More pix.

Cindy Sherman, new work at Metro Pictures

Cindy Sherman has new work in a group show at Metro Pictures in NY. This series reminds me of her earlier work, and it was one of my favourite shows in Chelsea last week. She achieves absolute transformation. The gesture is familiar from other work, and there’s something sort of retro about it–both modern and...

Robert Longo

Robert Longo was the other great entry in the group show at Metro Pictures…there were some people who could not figure out what this image was. It seemed pretty obvious to me.

The Modern

Friday night at the Modern, absolute madness. Art certainly as commodity. People everywhere and the new design, lovely as it is, more about moving people than art. Public space. Naturally. Still, one has the feeling of being in one of those ant colonies, cut away, ants up and down escalators, not with kernels of rice,...

140 years of Jesus

I’m sure this group show was timed for Billy Graham’s Crusade to save the heathens of NY. Apparently he converted thousands out there in Queens, or wherever he was. I’ll be he didn’t get any mermaids! Anyhow, this show, titled 150 years of Jesus in Photography or something (I’ll confirm as soon as I find...

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