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Monthly archive March, 2006

Paula Vogel on Virginia Woolf & Beckett

Very interesting piece on Beckett in the Times this weekend, with various playwrights discussing Beckett’s influence. Here is Paula Vogel: “I wonder what would’ve happened had Beckett existed as a colleague, or a contemporary, or even as a forerunner to Virginia Woolf,” Ms. Vogel said. “What would’ve happened if she had seen the ability to...

Jason Camlot

I’m reading Attention all Typewriters at the moment, which is a pleasing read, and by that I mean, a pleasure. That there is so much pleasure and so little struggle may cause suspicion in some circles, and occasionally the one I am standing in too, though not today, not this book, and not because I’m...

Virginia Quarterly Review loves Open Field (with notes)

And we love the Virginia Quarterly Review. Really. What a smart journal. Great taste in poetry, and diverse readings. An essay by David Quamman, a portfolio on Adrienne Rich. Who are these people and where have they been hiding? Yes, the poetry selection is conservative, that’s a flaw (people, read outside of your own perspective!!),...

On this day in 1941

Virginia Woolf committed suicide on this day in 1941. Her walking stick, found on the banks of the River Ouse, was sold at auction in 2002, and is now part of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. The spot where she left it when she jumped is included on the literary tours...

Brooklyn Rail interview

The Brooklyn Rail is great. This issue has an interview with Kate Braverman that made me want to buy her book, which I shall, and report back… But the interview I can recommend nonetheless. She’s wonderfully candid, and a poet turned fiction writer which is always intriguing. Here she discusses the lack of audience, something...

Gone to print!

As I write this, Lemon Hound has gone to print! Coach House has done an amazing job! Launch details to come.

The woman question: uplifting, or pinning down

At a dinner party scene on the L Word, Max shares an anecdote about lobsters: how it’s only male lobsters you have to worry about leaping out of the pot when you’re trying to cook them. The males, sensing danger, make a ladder so that they can help each other climb out of the pot....

Caroline Bergvall, Williamsburg

Poets who kick ass. Bergvall gets a nomination from me.

Oh, Max, what a dick!

Is the gentle Moira to be seen no more? Oh, testosterone! Oh, Max! Is that what you guys have to contend with on a daily basis? Will she not only become the man, but be of the man? What would Gertrude say about all this strutting? Has she simply become Tim? Is everyone on the...

Stacy Szymaszek, outside the Bowery Poetry Club

Stacy Szymaszek, Emptied of all Ships

I am so behind in the reviews and posts, and here this book is, bobbing like a sail on the horizon of my room where it has been sitting next to Leslie Bumstead’s Cipher/Civilian, which I also intended to talk about. Both of these are first books. Bumstead’s was discussed at some length in a...

Sheila Heti in the House

Trampoline Hall Tonight at The Slipper Room167 Orchard St.Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00 sharpAdmission $8 Because life really is a box of chocolates…

Some Like it Hot!

Jordan Davis!

Another blog I love! Check him out here. Spring is here. Tiny little leaves on my oregano! Spring! Spring!

If it bends, it’s funny

Gabriel Gudding on Jennifer L Knox’s “Chicken Bucket,” from A Gringo Like Me… Well, this hit on something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. This whole persona poem, the whole aesthetic of shock or shlock, the trailer park trolling. Is “Chicken Bucket” making fun of poor folk? I think of Shannon Bramer’s excellent...

Site of the week

I’m loving Kate Greenstreet’s blog “every other day” and looking forward to her new book. She has a great visual sense, her collage poems are fabulous. Check her out.

Quote of the week

“Laughter lets through the unacceptable…it makes room for it.” Caroline Bergvall Found in this wonderful interview between Marjorie Perloff and Caroline Bergvall.

Robert Rauschenberg, Combines

Image from Met The Rauschenberg show is awesome. The sheer number of pieces is impressive–67–as well as the range. It reminded me of the first time I saw a Van Gogh up close–suddenly aware of the brush strokes. Here of course, what you see up close is the tacked on bits of 1 x 2,...

Because misogyny is everywhere!

Bat Barbie, ready to pounce! Patrolling the outer reaches of language… Bat Barbie has threatened to join the Poetics Listserv. She feels strongly that the power of humour and satire is really the way to go, but is inclined to bust some balls if she must…parody? Such a succulent maneuver. Meanwhile wings! Swoop! Metaphor!

Thinking of home in The Met

Photo by Bob Thinking of the Georgia viaduct, pictured here in front of “Storyteller”, the now famous photograph/transparency by Jeff Wall, hanging in The Met where I went today to see the Rauschenbergs (post to come). The photograph is as powerful to me now as it was seeing in the Vancouver Art Gallery some dozen...

belladonna Tuesday: Melissa Buzzeo, Laura Elrick and Myung Mi Kim

Amazing reading last night at Dixon Place. Not a seat left in the house when the readings started. Melissa Buzzeo’s body/language text, a polyvocal performance piece by Laura Elrick, and Myung Mi Kim’s aerated text–all of the poets sharp and precise. Chapbooks available.

More Meat, this time in Brooklyn

Mike Geno, John Wolfer, Josh GoldsteinAt The Gallery/Gallery Thean UN-profitable Internet/window gallerythe windows are located @343 Smith Street Brooklyn, NYopen 24/7/365

Shift & Switch Part 1

Another two anthologies of Canadian poetry launched in the past few months. I have one on my desk here that I’ve been excited about and meaning to talk about for a while now. Having edited an anthology recently, I have a few thoughts on the usefulness of such endeavours. I confess most anthologies make me...

It’s that time again

Birds hitting tall building they apparently confuse for “starlight.” It’s astounding, but I guess we humans don’t want to give up our sparkling skylines for the sake of some ruby-throated hummingbirds? The Globe and Mail reports that Toronto volunteers spend early mornings picking up fallen birds.Speaking of birds–this was one of a half dozen cardinals...

Brokeback marriages

Didn’t Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West make faux marriage seem like jet-setting? Oh, right, they were actually both gay, not just one of them… The New York Times looks at the pitfalls of marrying a gay man.