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Monthly archive April, 2006

Collected Works of Samuel Beckett, Grove 2006

Wow. That about sums this bit of book-fetishist-eye-candy. Handsome in that welcome-to-the-canon sort of blue-backed, hard-bound, conservative way. With introductions by series editor Paul Auster, and a host of other boys–Rushdie, Coetzee, Albee, Toiban–introducing the volumes themselves: two for novels, one for the plays, and one with poetry, short fiction and criticism. Well, is it...

Irritations of the week

Normally I try not to fan the flames of that which irritates, but this week Camille Paglia ranting on about saving the canon was just too much. Who are these people and how do they hold those massive, inflated, heads up in the world? The other irritation is Martin Amis in the New Yorker. What...

The Hound @ The Ear Inn

Saturday, April 29th @ 3pmTHE EAR INN326 Spring StreetWest of GreenwichNew York, NYFor More Information

Jane Jacobs

One of my favorite Torontonians gone this week, at 89. A long life, and in Death and Life, a great contribution. Her simple premise still makes sense. If you love New York, and you know you do, create it elsewhere: “Death and Life” made four basic recommendations for creating municipal diversity: 1. A street or...

3 Penny Opera

The new production of the new translation of Brecht’s Three Penny Opera is great fun, much better than reviews would have you believe. Part of this may be as they say, the difficulty people have with Brecht, but there are some major flaws too. First the greatness: Wallace Shawn’s translation is funny, clipped, and in...

Elena in Chernobyl

First saw this site a few years back, and thought that today, on the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl, I would look at it again. Someone needs to revamp her site–but Elena’s journey and photographs are still moving. The morning I first heard of Chernobyl I was planting a garden in Vancouver. It was just prior...

Montreal still rocks

the Hound & Jonny a rawlings Back in Montreal, just for the night, but enough to get a hit of that crazy, excellent vibe. Loved the host, the bartender, the Green Room, the whole crowd, a wonderful event. Even following JP Fiorentino was good. And he ended his reading by tossing his book off the...

The Hound reads in Montreal

Sunday April 23rd. 7:30 pmThe Green Room, 5586 St. LaurentFree Admission Join Coach House Books for the Montreal edition of our spring launch Sina Queyras – Lemon Hound (poetry)Chris Ewart – Miss Lamp (novel)Angela Rawlings – Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists (poetry)Jon Paul Fiorentino – The Theory of the Loser Class (poetry) and special guestMelissa A....

I am I because my lap top knows me…

Canadian poetry in the New York Times

In the spring round up in the Sunday Book Review you’ll find a review of Don McKay’s new book, Strike/Slip. McKay, who you will also find in Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, offers a surprisingly lyrical and mischevious entry into what we think of as “nature poetry.” He stubbornly resists all things postmodern; he...

Toronto Launch Shots

Being a little distracted, I didn’t take many photos of the Coach House Launch in TO (see report below), but here is one of Jon Paul Fiorentino for your viewing pleasure. You can also check out my ever-expanding poets & writers set where you will find a few more.

Coolness of the week

I haven’t met Mark Truscott, but I loved his book (why haven’t I posted on that yet?), and now I’m a fan because a/ he as started a new reading series in Toronto, and b/ a site to store sound files. Test, is the reading series, and Test is the site. Next month they have...

Little house on the corner…

So odd. I was walking in the Lower East Side and there, in a dusty window of a would-be loft, was my doll house. Well, it was mine for a while, in the spirit of finding an object, photographing it, and letting it move on to its next life…but you know I rarely see the...

Coach House Launch report

Coach House does it good. I have to admit that the launch was about 5 times the size I was expecting, and so I was a little thrown when it came time to read. But you know when you do books that good, you have to raise the bar on the festivities as well. I’m...

Back in Brooklyn

Slide show here.

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Congrats to Greenboathouse

Jason Dewinitz gets some props from the Alcuin Society. Book designers…lets face it, they don’t get enough attention. Dewinitz’s books are amazing works of art. Beautiful paper, smart design, clean, clean surfaces. Still & Otherwise is gorgeous….

Montreal, this Sunday!

Yay, Montreal! Looking forward.

Lemon Hound, the launch, Toronto dates

I’m reposting this, just as a reminder for those of you in Toronto. Come and help me celebrate the publication of Lemon Hound! Two events next week and more to come.12 April – Coach House Books Spring Launch! Join us for the launch of eight exciting spring titles! With readings by Chris Ewart (Miss Lamp),...

This Magazine gets a Super Power Editor

I’m now at that age, it seems unbelievable, but yes, I’m now at that age where one’s friend’s offspring are popping up in the most unusual places…so I feel a little maternal pride in the fact that This Magazine has named Jessica Johnston its new editor. Go, Jess! Use your super powers for the good!...

The Hound gets a few strokes

How to talk about reviews of one’s own work? It makes me a bit squeamish. I’m more at ease talking about the work of others…still, it’s not every day one gets a glowing review of one’s work. It’s not every day one gets a review, in fact. So, thanks to the G&M. You can find...

Open Letter: Kenny G issue, Bowery Poetry Club

We want Kenny! Time ran out and all Kenny G. got to say was “Thanks for coming.” A great afternoon of readings however, the highlight of which was hearing Bruce Andrews, a first for the Hound, and Monica de la Torre, another first. de la Torre has been archiving letters to the New York Times...

Book I’m most coveting this week

Oh, I saw it at BookCourt, my local book store on Court Street! It’s the 4 Volume set of The Complete Works of Samuel Beckett published by Grove and edited by Paul Auster. To die for. They wouldn’t let me slobber all over the pages. In fact I couldn’t even see inside…the dreaded shrink wrap....

Art! Brian Jungen, Chelsea

He’s just brilliant. “Thunderbirds” is another riff on the mask, brilliantly conceived in a half dozen rear-view mirrors placed on a gallery wall, each with ghostly white feathers dangling. Part homage to the fluffy dice, part dream-catcher, part mask, these mirrors offer an immediate point of entry into the work. Lonesome highway? Northern lights? Descending...

Ashbery Festival

Last night at the Tishman auditorium on West 12th, in a room that resembles an inside out Easter egg with layers of pink and white, cross-hatched icing, surrounded by poetry luminaries and MFA students, we witnessed a generous reading by John Ashbery; a delicate performance of poems spanning the length of his career. At his...

Griffin Prize List

An admirable list. Surprising and very solid. But you all know that I’m pulling for Erin Moure, despite the good company. What is great about this list is the diversity, and the sense that even if one doesn’t care for the poetry, there is a solidness to it, and a sense of project that is...

Snowing in Brooklyn! Caught this moment about a half hour ago when the snow was at its fullest, and seemed to want to linger in the air. Now it has thinned and will likely be rain by the time I post this…a friendly snow all round.My blog seems to be freezing on Mozilla. I hope...

Launch of Open Letter

OPEN LETTERA Journal of Writing and TheoryTwelfth Series, Number 7, Fall 2005Kenneth Goldsmith and Conceptual Poetics with Readings & Performances by: Bruce AndrewsBarbara ColeRob FittermanKenneth Goldsmith & Alan LichtMonica de la TorreGeoffrey Young Saturday, April 84-6 p.m. Bowery Poetry Club308 Bowery (at Second Street)New York City

Talking about visual/concrete poetry

I wanted to respond to derek beaulieu’s winnipeg suite (discussed earlier), without too much analysis, primarily because the people whom I dream of encountering poetry are people who don’t necessarily possess that language. However, I have read beaulieu’s “an afterword after words: notes toward a concrete poetic” which you’ll find on ubu listed alphabetically. Among...

No Press, Calgary

winnipeg suite, derek beaulieu, 2005Compulsive Asphyxiator, Paul Kennett, 2005 There is something substantial about the two No Press chapbooks I received in the mail recently. This, despite a somewhat hastily assembled quality. One must speak of the quality in a chapbook, after all. Take the excellent handiwork of Jason Dewinitz over at Greenboathouse, each book...

It’s that time again!

You know, there just aren’t enough geeks in the world! Certainly not in the poetry world (well there are geeks, they just don’t know they’re geeks). So, here’s one of my favorite geeks for your viewing pleasure.

Emily Dickinson epigram of the day

These brief imperfect meetingshave a tale to tell. Random epigrams here. Refresh for a new one.

Today’s NY Times Book Section offers a wonderful cento by poet David Lehman (you only have a week to download that pdf before the link expires). Over the years I’ve begun and abandoned this project time and time again and find myself with lines from favorite poems scattered about. The problem is at the moment...

CBC on Canadian bloggers

And guess what, they’re pretty well all male! Over and over again, I have to point it out…if you think you guys are bored, what do you think it feels like being a woman? Oops, I think I’ll just forget that there are any males on the planet, well, aside from a token one or...

April Fools!

No, Canadian poetry is not the hottest selling thing in the US. Sorry, guys. And sorry too, to all my lovely Americans. I wish I could report that poetry sales were up for American poets, not to mention Canadian, but I doubt that’s true. The writing of poetry I am sure continues to increase if...

Canadian poetry tops sales list in US

Yes, amazing as it sounds booksellers in New York cannot keep up with the demand for Canadian poetry. Titles fly off the shelves. Even big chains like B&N have had to add new shelves to the poetry sections. “We’re run ragged,” one would-be novelist and full-time bookseller complained, “we’ve never seen anything like it…” What...

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