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Monthly archive October, 2007

Random morning thoughts

What is a world? Jean-Luc Nancy proposes it is a “totality of meaning.” Sliced worlds be. Mountain world. As far as eye can see world? As far as I can mean world. Can find meaning? Glacial till world? Moraine world? World out my window which is pine, steel, lumin, wind, fringe of curtain. How does...

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra, pictured here with Priscilla Uppal in Calgary for WordFest last month. Hear the charming Nagra discuss and read from the title poem Look we have coming to Dover!, which won the Forward Prize: Swarms of us, grafting in the black within shot of the moon’s spotlight, banking on the miracle of sun to...

Oh, Etgar

You have to love Etgar Keret. Wristcutters, based on a Keret short story, looks like it actually translates Keret’s freshness to the screen.

My father was known to quote Victor Hugo

Burning the candle at both ends these days, and something has to suffer. This week it’s the blog. But I’ve been thinking about work ethic…where it comes from. I’ve also been thinking of where I come from. A long line of peasants on both sides. Very little other than peasants a long, long way back....

From the NY Times today

San Diego County, the largest county in California without a fire department, relies on a hodgepodge of local departments that are almost all serving areas where populations are growing faster than their tax bases, and which are often low on money among a constituency that is generally allergic to taxes. Pay attention people: when you...

Phebus Etienne

How did I miss this?? Haitian-American poet Phebus Etienne passed away this year. I met Phebus in 2000, at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island, where she was compiling her manuscript, much of which she had written while at NYU. Beautiful, aching poems that traced her childhood in Haiti, and in East Orange, NJ, with her mother...

Weekend Round Up

Just when I was beginning to give up on Helen Humphreys it looks like she has completely invigorated her approach to fiction with this new book…I must go and get this one. I have all the others, and some of them are fabulous, but I had decided that was it, I wasn’t going to get...

Niels Hav

Danish poet Niels Hav, seen here at the University of Calgary with Priscila Uppal, has a new book out with Bookthug, translated by Patrick Friesen and P.K. Brask . One of the great potentials of festivals the size of WordFest is the attendance of people such as Hav, and in this case even greater since...

Speaking of Rocky Mountains…

On the way to Banff I kept thinking of one of my favorite Anne Carson poems, included in Open Field. Here’s an excerpt from “Short Talk On Reading:” I glimpsed the stupendous clear-cut shoulders of the Rockies from between paragraphs of Madame Bovary. Cloud shadows roved languidly across her huge rock throat, traced her fir...

The view from Tunnel Mountain…

Because dancing cockatoos is the way to start your day

Really.

The Hound is in Banff

But if you’re in New York this is the reading to check out: Special Announcement: Contemporary Chinese Poetry Co-Sponsored by Belladonna* Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry , Talisman House Publishers, ed. by Zhang Er and Chen Dongdong, can be ordered from Talismaned@aol.com Oct. 16 and 17th at Poets House, NYC....

Lessing wins the Nobel…more excellent women

You have to love Doris Lessing! But lean years for the British novel… Alice Notley in the New York Times. Peacock on Atwood.

4 out of 6: poetry bash, word fest

Fabulous audience and great reading, despite a very sore throat for yours truly. Reading to a white light that claps and giggles is an odd feeling. But it’s one I could get used to. Thanks to all the great volunteers and tech folks, and to my fellow readers: Herménégilde Chiasson, Daljit Nagra, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Sina...

Thursday night wordfest

Poets rock. That really should be the theme of this blog in terms of its relationship to WordFest. Now, if only everyone else knew this… Word of mouth featured poetry of all kinds, and one novelist, Andrew Wedderburn, who fit right in with the word-attentive crowd. Toronto poet Stuart Ross nailed his performance (a wow),...

Meanwhile in Philadelphia

Photographer Zoe Strauss, who I interviewed here on Lemon Hound a few months ago in Philadelphia, posted this yesterday…if you don’t know her work you should, and thankfully she posts a good deal of it on her blog, so check it out.

Control, the life of Ian Curtis….

24 Hour Party People is one of my favorites…wonder if this one will be as good.

WordFest Encore, Encore

Two readings yesterday: Chasing the Muse, hosted by Christian Bok up at U of C, included Niels Hav, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Stuart Ross and Priscila Uppal followed by a good discussion about writing practice, muse or lack of muse. I hadn’t heard Pamuntjak before and was quite taken by the rhythms of her reading. Wednesday Night...

Wordfest, Wordfeast, very brief report

It began with a bang last night. Calgary is already full of writers and too many events to try and catch all at once…now there are five times as many..and the problem of how to be in two places at once. Yes, I want to hear Marie-Claire Blais, but it’s at the same time as...

According to Jan Zwicky…

Interesting post over at Rob McLenann’s blog regarding a recent talk at the U of A by Jan Zwicky. Consider the following statement: Living Canadian poets whose work speaks directly of their love for and involvement with the natural world. Jane Munro, Roo Borson, Lorna Crozier, Robert Bringhurst, Adam Dickinson, Tim Lilburn, Sue Sinclair, Don...

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

Does it get any better than this??? Check out the NY Times slide show. Am I just easy? I’m already sold…

George Murray and Christopher Patton, other strands of American influences

Ox, Christopher PattonThe Rush to Here, George Murray I missed Christopher Patton in the New Canon. Perhaps because the poems chosen for that anthology had such tonal similarities that after a while it seemed they were all varieties of the same poem (and at points that Canada was populated only by one kind of poet...

Anatomy of Keys

Steven Price, Anatomy of Keys, Brick 2006Very intriguing to follow up Rob Winger’s Muybridge’s Horse with Steven Price’s Anatomy of Keys. Both debut books from authors unknown to this reader, both falling into the category of “long poem,” or “book length” poem; both engaging with historical figures, but otherwise very different. In fact, in some...

Bill Maher – Anti-Pharma Rant

Anatomy of Keys

Further to Muybridge’s Horse we have Steven Price’s Anatomy of Keys, which has preoccupied me for some weeks now. The number of book length prose poems published in Canada in the past few decades is as impressive in numbers as quality. We do this good. More on Anatomy to come….