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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 HORSE

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, UBC WHEN: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 2006 Sharon 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...

sept 11 2004

sept 11 2004, originally uploaded by lemon hound. This is the first September 11th I haven’t been in America…very different feeling. As I lived next door to a fire station in Brooklyn the day was always marked with ceremony. From my old window on State Street. More of Brooklyn here.

Yoko Ono’s tower of light. Of course it’s in Iceland.

Jason Christie, iRobot

Every once in a while a book comes along that seems so perfectly conceived that it seems, well, natural…or perhaps inevitable. Christian Bok’s Eunoia is one of those books, Lisa Robertson’s Debbie: An Epic, Dennis Lee’s Un (grossly overlooked in this country and now followed up by yes/no which hopefully will not meet the same...

Bird Sanctuary, Calgary

Weekend Round Up

You’ve gotta love George Saunders. He leaps into the very tiny pool of writers who have straddled the literary to limelight… Ah, Bukowski. I have such a soft spot for him. 800 years since Rumi’s birth? Yay, George! Bowering to judge the Griffins. Chinese artist Zhang Huan has a new show up in NYC. I’ve...

Zhang Huan

a love Zhang Huan a new show… For one called “To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond,” he asked 40 migrant laborers to stand in a pond, their physical presence, presumably, altering its volume.

A new play from Ken Urban

Ken Urban is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and developed by Moving Arts, Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, Soho Rep, Rude Guerrilla, Annex Theatre, Luna Stage, kef productions, Son of Semele Ensemble, and others. He is one of the hardest working writers I’ve come across, and certainly one of the more interesting...

Margaret Avison

Words at Large over at CBC is featuring the late Margaret Avison.

One for the good guys…

Yay, Farley! Farley Mowat is putting is 200 acre parcel of land in trust. “Nova Scotia is like every other part of the western world, teetering on the edge of falling into some developer’s hands and being destroyed for money,” Mowat told CBC News. Indeed. And we’re just beginning. Sustainable, green developments, please. Innovation by...

INFLUENCY 3: A TORONTO POETRY SALON

This is a great idea! (And for those of you entrenched in your idea of what poetry is notice the wide range of poets who are involved in this.) For those of you in Toronto, pass it on. For those of you elsewhere, thank Christakos, take it and run. Register NOW for:INFLUENCY 3: A TORONTO...

Art blogs

Hey kids, a new blog from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council filled with news for artists… And have you all seen Akimbo? This is a Canadian site that promotes international art. You can sign up for kimbits! And then there’s Art Fag City out of NYC. Hmm…maybe there should be a list of all the...

belladonna* has the most excellent Carol Mirakove

Belladonna* with CAROL MIRAKOVE and HARRIET ZINNES September 11, 7:30PM@ Dixon Place (Bowery between Houston & Prince)$6 admission Harriet Zinnes is Professor Emerita of English of Queens College of the City University of New York. Her many books include Whither Nonstopping (poems), Drawing on the Wall (poems), My, Haven’t the Flowers Been? (poems), Entropisms (prose...

Very cool…

An obsession I can relate to…and I’ll bet Jeff Wall can too. More here.

Lisette Model and her Successors

One of the many openings I would like to be attending the first week of the season in NY… Aperture in New York will feature Lisette Model and her Successors including work from…Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Bruce Cratsley, Lynn Davis, Elaine Ellman, Larry Fink, Peter Hujar, Raymond Jacobs, Ruth Kaplan, Leon Levinstein, Eva Rubinstein, Gary...

Hide And Seek

froodmat

Nachtschicht (Nightshift), is my favorite set. These pieces seem to have a bigger agenda than the other yellow can series, ( see that yellow can series here) or the Graugelb. See slideshow here. Can you tell me about the location? Are these abandoned buildings? I love your sense of movement. You took

How visible is the average work of art?

Check out the Artforum Ad Project, an ongoing work by Jeffrey Thompson which you all can take part in.

No more uranium!

Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of Uranium…and our illustrious Premier is off to sell it to Australia (or rumour has it). Meanwhile here in Alberta the government is itching to go nuclear…come on! Have we learned nothing??? I used to think Canada had a different trajectory than the US, that its unique...

Natalie Simpson, accrete or crumble

Ah, the Canadian west. Here the lines of geography and time are still very much apparent. History’s crossroads often singular, lines in the prairie are still lines in the prairie, train lines through mountain passes are often the only cut lines other than tree lines, and of course, the lines of fire, of logging, of...

Donato Mancini, Ligatures

Ligature is a typographical joining of letters, and Ligatures, by Donato Mancini is an investigation of the phenomenon. It is conceptual poetry at its best: entertaining, illuminating, intelligent. Ligatures, or letter pairings, reveal much about the way we use language, not unlike the revelations Christian Bok offered us about vowels with Eunoia. Here we are...

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