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Monthly archive June, 2007

2 poems from Evie Shockley

cause i’m from dixie too i am southern hear me roar i am burning flags bearing crosses i am scarlett and prissy like a piece of carmine velvet at christmas don’t know nothing bout birthin no rabies so don’t come foamin at my mouth i am miss dixie and a miss is as good as...

Anne Simpson & Sonnet L’Abbe

Anne Simpson and Sonnet L’Abbe have a few things in common: they are both included in Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, they are both published by McLelland & Stewart, they both take risks, and they both win prizes. The similarities stop there. Quick, Simpson’s third collection of poetry and follow up to Loop, which...

Poem from Shane Rhodes

To Elizabeth Bishop Here is a coast. Here is a harbour.Here is beach sand. Here is owned land.Here is an economist. Here is a fine mist.Here is a dock. Here is a flock of birds.Here is a trade. Here is a woman in labour.Here is trade. Here is a woman’s labour.Here is a border zone....

Ghostly bp

Ghostly bp, originally uploaded by squiddity of toronto.

Much in process…

…but no time to finish. Perhaps it’s time to shelve things for the summer? Meanwhile, for a soothing bit of eye candy check out the books & portraits pool I’ve been curating on Flickr.

In conversation with Zoe Strauss

(Photograph by Zoe Strauss)If you reading this fuck youZoe Strauss is a self-taught photography-based installation artist. She lives and works in Philadelphia where she was born (at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first), and with the exception of a brief sojourn in Nevada, where she was raised. Strauss comes from a close-knit family. Her parents both...

Kate Greenstreet, Case Sensitive

Every other day Kate Greenstreet blogs over at Kickingwind. She has also curated a series of first book interviews. A daunting, and exciting, list of new books appearing daily. Daunting because one wonders how one will ever get to them all, and exciting of course because one will attempt. The first book interviews would make...

David Altmejd

David Altmejd is representing Canada at the Venice Biennale, and as far at the Globe & Mail is concerned, he’s causing quite a stir. I had the pleasure of seeing Altmejd’s work while in Montreal last month and was not so impressed. But, I wasn’t seeing it in Venice. Nor was I seeing it at...

Nibbling in other fields, 3

Five I watch the sunlight drip behind the straighthigh chunk of office block. The avenue tenses,like a face. It’s the blurred half-hour of non-alibiswhen no one’s claim to be any place might stick. Lobbies roll the sped-up film reelsof people through revolving doors, and collectorlanes circulate like lazy pin-wheels.It’s the blurred half-hour of possibility, when...

New Issue of How2

Always an event, the latest issue of How2 has more from Jena Osman’s ongoing essay-poem about public statues carrying weapons in Philadelphia, notes from the Pressure to Experiment Conference in England, the Barbara Guest memory bank, and so on! Always inspiring.

Pro-consumerism, Pro Kenny

You have to love Kenneth Goldsmith who continues to stir it up over at the Poetry Foundation website. It’s in response to Time Magazine’s recent call for poetry to be “interesting” again. What is interesting indeed. Certainly the two poets Goldsmith serves up.

Latvian Happy Hour

One of the great Philly secrets.

Andrea Robbins & Max Becher

Max Becher and Andrea Robbins are not Bernd and Hiller Becher, but close. In fact Max Becher is their son. And though on the one hand the terrain seems very different, the projects themselves are not unlike the Bechers. The Becher’s, who are at the center of the Dusseldorf school of photography, deal with space,...

Bernd & Hilla Becher

Behind both Andreas Gursky and Candida Hofer are German photographers Bernd & Hilla Becher of the Düsseldorf Academy. Over the years the couple has photographed typologies of architecture including water towers, furnaces, mineheads, industrial buildings, industrial landscapes, and most recently, grain elevators. Sonnabend is one of my favorite galleries, always on the top my list...

Candida Hofer

I’ve been obsessing about libraries of late, and taken to photographing them whenever possible, and am curating an ever-growing collection of photos of books and bookish people and spaces here on flickr. Lamenting too, that I don’t have adequate equipment to take in the wonderful, wonderful light that usually accompanies these spaces. Now I find...

Andreas Gursky

Ah, spring in Chelsea…no windows…no doors…art spilling out everywhere. I could give up nature for this…or this would be the one thing that would tempt me. German photographer Andreas Gursky gets at the bigness, the largess, and perhaps the delicacy (or not) of modernity, capturing chains of islands from the air (chains that will likely...

Arts & Literary Hits of the Week

New director on the block. Add one more woman to very short list. Hound idol Lydia Davis on CBC’s Writer’s & Company. Catch it Sunday, or on podcast. The New Yorker takes a long look at Richard Serra. A new book from Woody Allen. Another one from Ian McEwan? He lost me with Atonement. Life’s...

one powerful river

Ubu Spring & Poetry Foundation

Wow, Ubu just keeps getting more and more amazing. They’ve posted a pdf of Monique Wittig’s Les Guérillères (1969), Rosmarie Waldrop’s Shorter American Memory, and others including Bruce Andrews Divestiture – A (1994), Steve Benson The Ball // 30 Times in 2 Days (2005), Maurice Blanchot The Last Man (1957), Mairéad Byrne SOS Poetry (2007),...

First book interview

A great first book interview over at Kate Greenstreet’s today. I’ve never heard of Kathleen Graber before, but my curiosity is piqued.

The Seven Cliches of Canada

Surprising, but not in the way you expect.

Ducks? Stanley Cup? Say it isn’t so…

The Senators lost me in game 4 when Daniel Alfredsson took a shot at an opponent for no reason…it was just stupid. Bad energy. He gave the game away and lost a fan. Stupid. I don’t care how many goals he scored in game 5, game 4 was just…ack.

Nibbling in other fields, 2

How We All SwiftlySignal, 2005 Wow, is my first response to Don Coles weighty, How We All Swiftly, a book that engages all engines, motoring through much of the last half century, folding a good deal of detail and nostalgia into the work. The past few years have been good ones for Canadian poetry, and...

Don McKay wins the Griffin

“Being haunted by the fairy-tale significance of the number three, I didn’t want to think about what the penalty would be for not winning.”-Don McKay Charles Wright took the international prize.

Go Kaz!

Canadian poet Karen Connelly has won the Orange Prize for fiction for her novel The Lizard Cage, an excerpt of which appeared on Drunken Boat last fall. Congrats, congrats.

On the run. A few hits.

Rock on, Gore Vidal. New Yorker now offers fiction podcasts. Did anyone read the Mississipi Review’s “Prose Poem” issue? (Review of that to come.) Poetry is dead, poetry is dead. Complaining that poetry is dead is so dull. Big money for poetry: like everything else it’s money that gets the attention. Bowering on lyric and...

Nibbling in other fields, 1

Pierre Nepveu, MirabelDon Coles, How We All SwiftlyDavid O’Meara, The Vicinity Here are three books that I keep coming back to, and have yet to post anything on. Partly this is because they are outside of my immediate purview, and one tries to maintain a focus in this over-stimulating world. In the face of that,...

Zoe Strauss at Silverstein in Chelsea

If you are reading this…Strauss is a photographer who keeps it real. She is the antithesis of Jeff Wall. Watch for more on Strauss here soon…

Rethinking the city

Take a look at the possibilities for urban spaces…what would happen if people began to think of the city as their world, rather than focusing so completely on their own backyard, and their individual experience?

Poets lack imagination…

Isn’t there any other way to be a poet?? 1. get MFA/PhD2. get lowly teaching job/residency/grant3. get book published4. go on job market5. get rejected6. go back to lowly teaching7. get another book published8. go on job market9. get tenure track job10. get more books published11. get tenure12. ????? From an interview over at Kate...

Lemon Hound fetches a Lambda

It’s the Hound’s first prize…and a first prize. Wow, or as my press would say, Bow Wow. See a recent review here, and an excerpt here, thanks to Dan Wabner, and here thanks to the Poetry Foundation…

Quote of the week

Whether a boy announces that he is going off “to die” for his country or going off “to kill” for his country, he is saying that he is going off “to alter body tissue” (either his own or another’s) for his country, and the eventual destination here is to understand the structural logic of an...

Alice Notley, Part 2

Notley’s Disobedience and the disobedient reader After a discussion with Jena Osman on how a poet’s modes of writing can shift it seems a little less mysterious to me how a poem or a poet can appear on the one hand so distant and hermetic and then suddenly completely open and engaging. It sometimes seems...