LEMON HOUND

More Bite Than Bark Since 2005
Monthly archive August, 2007

filling station, issues 37 & 38

Issue 37 includes short fiction and poetry from Sachiko Murakami, Jessica Grant, Ryan Bird, and others, as well as an intriguing interview with Sheila Heti by Melanie Little in which we learn about Ticknor, “faux naive” (a term I suspect was coined by what I call the “faux sincere”)The highlights of Issue 38 are the...

Natalie Walschots, Thumbscrews

toy catalogue flogger: lammy luscious each tongueliquorice all warmthshakes tail or twelvequirt ends slap clottedcream into muscle light flogger: mactavish bagpipe leather hailshectic bellow and wheezespit soak astringenttartan braided handleuneven falls cravegut shovelled lung powerholler diaphragm deep flogger: mortal spiney acrosticetch binarysplit goatskin baitedbitch ivoryskinny ballisticbit savourylacerate gleefulstitch blithely squid whip: therapy corset stitched doctorfat...

Gabe Fried on The New Lamb

There’s still a lot of action over at Kate Greenstreet’s place. Gabe! I miss you!

Fall books and everything in the works

Many books slid across my desk this week, though I’m sure only a small percentage of those due to be published this fall, specifically in Canada, and some I have been carrying around for a while. As usual, I will likely give those that don’t engage me a pass without noting, but I can tell...

The real cost of development…

The New York Times takes on China… I have to read Kiran Desai…what a breathe of fresh air.

Anne Sexton and Saturday thoughts

I’ve been reading and thinking about Anne Sexton these days–this is part of an ongoing project I’m loath to discuss, but suffice to say, she is the vein of gold in this genre of poetry. And now of course, you can see and hear her thanks to youtube. And Plath! And Bishop! Well, take a...

Graduating Show at The Nickle

This show is a must. Really, this is an impressive collection of conceptual art. Jennifer Stead’s A Long Story evokes a piece I saw recently by Louise Bourgeois at the Fabric Museum in Philadelphia involving a scroll of text that wrapped around the entire gallery. Stead’s is a scroll of landscape. Brilliant. In particular Martine...

Provacateurs…

Well, well. The Quebec Police admitted today that they sent undercover police officers into the recent demonstration of the Summit at Montebello, Quebec. This after Canadian citizens had to endure both George Bush and our own Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, mocking their desire to know what was on the table of that summit, and to...

words from George

How did I miss this?

Signifcant losses

Grace Paley, 84.Margaret Avison, 89.

Grace Paley, Margaret Avison

Grace Paley dies at 84. Margaret Avison.

Peter Butala 1934-2007

I first glimpsed Peter Butala in the small grocery in East End. It was as if a mountain had walked into the store. He was wholly unlike any other person I have met in my life–and I have met many fabulous, startling individuals. I had no idea who he was, but I knew that if...

David Levinthal

I discovered David Levinthal through his Wild West series at Newzones in Calgary last week and have been thinking about those Polaroids ever since…I love Poloroids, and the thought of having them blown up to 24 x 20 as he had done, is like finding a store of candy in my late night office–it’s just...

“In this medium, in this mediation, the ‘I’ she produces can only be a displacement, a symptom of the original split that allows its inscription. The typewriter protects from bodily depths and keeps the dissociation in view: ‘I never write by hand,’ she says, it’s ‘so ugly–like my adolescence…'”MB Blasing on Anne Sexton and the...

Just curious

What passes for a review these days? If I say it’s a review and I put a few quotes in from other people, and I cut that with a few more quotes from the poet, and then I say something about how he’s a great poet…is that a review?? I’m just curious…I see people refer...

Carla Harryman

Open Box, Carla Harryman, belladonna books, 2007 I heard Carla Harryman read at the Bowery last year with Heather Fuller, and that should have given me a heads up for this text. When I think of Harryman I think prose, or at least a prose line, something closer to Lyn Hejinian (they came to me...

Calgary, Art Central

Saturday the Hound discovered two enclaves of art in her new city. Art Central (above), and 11th Avenue boast a number of diverse sources of sculpture and canvas (and pottery and ceramic too, but that’s another story). Of all the galleries I visited, Paul Kuhn and Newzones on 11th were favorites. They both have well...

Lawrence & Holloman

Lawrence & Hollomanby Morris PanychCalgary Fringe Festival Most American’s don’t know the work of Morris Panych, he who rules The Arts Club in Vancouver, and in general with good reason. As a student I was irritated by Panych, who sometimes has the feel of a song and dance man (and not in good way). Panych...

Hairspray

See it.Need I say more?

Elizabeth Treadwell, Lilyfoil

I’ve been meaning to write about Elizabeth Treadwell’s Lilyfoil (O Books 2004) for a while now, but as readers know, between the three month hiatus and my preoccupations with art, poetry has suffered my attention. At least in terms of blogging. And not only my attention. The poetry blogworld has suffered several losses in fact–Treadwell’s...

Canadian Feminism 101

Nellie McClung, writer, suffragette…one of the famous five celebrated here in Calgary.

New running route

Missing that skyline I can tell you, and missing Chelsea a whole lot more…but this is a beautiful town and the air is incredible! Slow to post here due to an extremely sore wrist…

Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan, originally uploaded by lemon hound. Shot from my old jogging route…to be followed by a shot from new jogging route…maybe a whole series of jogging photos?

What is it with the New Yorker?? They want all of their poetry to sound and look the same… Elizabeth Bishop,

from Erin Moure’s postface to O Cadoiro

The thinking on lyric and nature and form and poetry and poetics continues–largely off the page yes, but there will be signposts. And here is one, a snippet from Moure’s postface…you’ve all had a look at O Cadoiro? “Such was the place where I fell. It became “place” in the act of falling. A place...