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Monthly archive May, 2006

The Hound reads with Nicole Brossard

Nicole Brossard launches Fluid Arguments, a book of essays, and the paperback edition of the GG-nominated Yesterday, at the Hotel Clarendon. With readings by Susan Rudy and Sina Queyras. At This Ain’t the Rosedale Library (483 Church St., Toronto). May 30th, 7:30 pm.

Eva Hesse

There are two Eva Hesse shows on in New York at the moment, one at the Drawing Center, and one at the Jewish Museum.

Andrea Zittel

Critical Space, now on at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, is Andrea Zittel’s first major show. For over a decade she has been investigating “lifestyle” with more intensity than the average scientific mind. In fact, Zittel might be to “domesticity,” what Serra is to a steelworker: the far end of the imagined possibility. Beds...

Richard Serra, The Gagosian

Richard Serra is one of the giants of contemporary art, and regularly shows new work at The Gagosian. This latest is more fragmented than the last show I saw: a sculpture tall and curved as the bulk of a ship–one of those lonely rusted ships Edward Burtynsky photographs. I still don’t know how they got...

Kitchen Stories

Loved this. It’s a terrible trailer (movie trailer, the trailers in the movie are excellent…), but the movie is fantastic.

Lisa Robertson, The Men: A Lyric Poem

Lisa Robertson and Carol Mirakove closed the Segue Reading Series at the Bowery on Saturday, and what a finale it was. I had never heard Mirakove before, and will definitely watch out for her work. Robertson on the other hand, I’ve heard several times, and always with pleasure. Her latest offering, The Men, is vintage...

Tonya Foster

Tonya Foster, co-curator of Seque, introduced Carole Mirakove, and herself as it turns out. I knew nothing of her, but was taken by the thoughtful, precise introduction. Wonderful energy, and wonderful poetry. You can hear Foster read here.

Excerpt from Lemon Hound

At Ukula, a new site. Check it out.

Andrea Zittel

A busy, busy week, but posts on Eva Hesse, Andrea Zittel (thanks Stacy Szymaszek), and Richard Serra to come.

Silliman on belladonna

Yay! belladonna is the coolest.

Robertson in town!

The Segue Reading Series @ the Bowery Poetry Club Saturday, May 20, 4-6 p.m. CAROL MIRAKOVE and LISA ROBERTSON ***$6 admission goes to support the readers***The Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery, just north of Houston Carol Mirakove is the author of Mediated (Factory School) and Occupied (Kelsey St. Press) as well as...

Rae Armantrout in the New Yorker

Are others as surprised as I am? Really, have we slipped into a parallel universe? It isn’t online, but the contents are…

The city is movement

“This city is beauty,” Dionne Brand says in Thirsty. In fact it is the first line of the book. Here is the first stanza: This city is beautyunbreakable and amorous as eyelids,in the streets, pressed with fierce departures,submerged landings,I am innocent in thresholdsand smashed night birds, lovesick,as empty elevators Hear Brand read from Thirsty. I...

Delancey on a rainy day….

Over at Kate Greenstreet’s place there is a new interview up. This time Jen Benka, whom I discussed here earlier.

Mark Truscott

I’ve been loving Said Like Reeds or Things by Mark Truscott for a while now, and wanting to post something more like a review, but, but, but, the time, and pressures of otherwise…let’s face it, thoughtful reviewing takes time. So, I hereby announce the blog review, a postcard review, anecdotal, informal, succinct (as possible). What...


Here’s a visual poem from Zohar, one of my new favorite people in New York. And here’s a link to her website. Check out the videos: Fly and Motion are two of my favourites.

lists, lists and more lists

Much ado about the list of important books, or best books published (in the last 25 years) in the NY Times recently and which Silliman posted today. The problem with all such lists is that those who make them feel absolutely entitled to call them grand things like “Best American” or “Most important Canadian” never...

Million Poems Show

Well, I had to check it out, never having seen the show, and only ever seeing Jordan Davis in passing, and being a general fan, in general of his project, and poems and photos I was not disappointed. What a hoot. What Genius. A poetry talk show. There are those who should feel threatened by...

The positive power of blogging

I have been impressed with the way the poetry community in Canada has called out certain behaviours as unacceptable. The rallying around a. rawlings has been refreshing, humbling even. Part of the reason I have continued to blog, though I am often at the brink of calling it off, is that I grow tired of...

Michael Turner

Can we still call Michael Turner the west coast’s bad boy poet?According to this amazing photo by Vancouver photographer Alex Waterhouse-Hayward, we damn well should be able to. Loved Turner’s Kingsway (find an excerpt here), and Hard Core Logo. Whatever happened to The Pornographer’s Poem, which Soft Skull picked up for US publication?? Anyone check...

The Hound on Bergvall

Review of Caroline Bergvall’s Fig in May’s Brooklyn Rail, and now online.

Jordan Davis on Lemon Hound

Okay, so, I’m chuffed…and well, chuffed. The Constant Critic gives the Hound some love…thanks Jordan. AND wow to tonight’s triple-play. Laynie Brown, Marjorie Welish, and Rae Armantrout rocked Dixon Place to full capacity. Chapbooks available from belladonna.blogspot.com. Can you believe so many rocking women reading in one night? You see why belladonna is the baddest...

Lourdes Vazquez

I heard Lourdes Vazquez read for the first time last night, at Zinc Bar, and she was incredible–she read the original, Erica Kaufman the translations. I’m so glad I found this poem online to share with you because it was my favorite of the night. You can find it at www.tribes.org–sorry, I’m having trouble with...

Rae Armantrout, Laynie Browne, & Marjorie Welish

Tuesday, May 9, 7PM@ Dixon Place (258 Bowery, 2nd Floor—Between Houston & Prince)Admission is $5 at the Door.Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Les Cahiers de Royaumont published a volume of selected poems, Couverture, translated...