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Monthly archive September, 2007

Emily Givner, A Heart in Port

Another discovery from the new books section of the library (I love being back in Canada!!). Here is a writer with the quirkiness of Lydia Davis, the eye of Alice Munro, and the deftness of Chekhov who navigates the fulsome territory where narrative opens up to wonder and a bit of the surreal. Lovely, chiseled...

Which came first, the desire to master, or the desire to wonder?

An interesting follow up to Winger's book, and speaking of photographs...much hubbub over at The Times regarding two sentences in an essay by Susan Sontag, but clearly about much more than that. An intriguing undertaking. However, the project seems less in the spirit of inquiry that Susan Sontag inhabited, and more in the spirit of...


MUYBRIDGE'S HORSEBy Rob WingerNightwood Editions, 2007When I pulled Muybridge's Horse down off the "new books" shelf at the library I was very pleased by its weight and heft, by a quick glance through the pages, the occasional glint of metaphor, the curt lines. Then I looked at the cover again and thought who is Rob...

Mary di Michele

Mary di Michele's tranelation of Passolini up on the Parliamentary Poetry Poem of the Week website.

Nicole Brossard

Nicole Brossard read last night at the Nickle Arts Museum at the University of Calgary to a full, attentive crowd. One thing that never fails to impress me about Brossard's reading is the intensity and pleasure of hearing her, how the text seems to weave such a confident air that one feels quite literally to...

Landing in Calgary

The Hound at UBC this Thursday

I'll be heading back down south in a very tiny Dash 8 early Thursday morning...PLAY Chthonics Reading Series invites you to the first reading of our 2007-2008 season: Catriona Strang and Sina Queyras will read September 20th at UBC.PLACE: Thea’s Lounge, Thea Koerner Graduate Student Centre6371 Crescent Road, UBCWHEN:Reading 7:30Cash bar 7:00

The Skeena River, 8 am

Calgary Blow Out, Round 1

More tonight. Plus the Hound reads. Very glad NOT to have to follow Robert Majzels, pictured above. Fabulous reading.

Zolf & Thesen

Rachel Zolf, Human Resources, Coach House 2007Sharon Thesen, The Good Bacteria, Anansi 2006Sharon Thesen edited one of my favourite Canadian anthologies without exception, and that was the second edition of the Canadian Long Poem Anthology, published by Coach House in 1991. Recently she followed that up with third edition, and despite the fact that she...