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Monthly archive October, 2008

Lynn Crosbie reads Sid Vicious and Entertains A Few Questions

Nancy You were my little baby girl And I shared all your fears. Such joy to hold you in my arms And kiss away your tears. But now you’re gone there’s only pain. And nothing I can do. And I don’t want to live this life If I can’t live for you. To my beautiful...

The problem with northern British Columbia

People going around in circles while resources are pulped and shipped to other countries who then imagine, manufacture, and ship us back goods. What happens now that the mills are all closing too? Coal-bed methane? Mining? Or pipeline? Either way it seems nothing stays and is of use to the people of northern Canada.

Patrick Rosal reads Robert Hayden

Frederick Douglass When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all, when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole, reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more than the gaudy mumbo...

Nada Gordon reads Bernadette Mayer

Form’s Life: An Exploration of the Works of Bernadette Mayer Story Story, published in 1968 when Mayer was 23, shows evidence of a Steinian attention to the materiality of language; Mayer also plays with variations on themes the way Stein did in her work. Stein’s oeuvre might be described as an investigation of grammatical functions:...

Margaret Christakos notes toward an essay on

As I mentioned earlier, Margaret Christakos was in Montreal to read at the Coach House/Snare book launch last weekend. She closed the show with aplomb, but it was the longer reading the following day at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute that really allowed readers to get a sense of Christakos larger project, a grand poetic...

Where do I start?

Where do I start?, originally uploaded by Marico_.

Annie Finch reads Claude McKay

One of the most useful powers of the sonnet is its ability to keep a moment, to hold a feeling or experience and turn it around in the light of our awareness until many facets are evident. The quality of exploring all facets of a subject does not mean sonnets are always calm; it also...

Coach House/Snare Launch

Toronto poet Margaret Christakos read at the Montreal launch of Coach House and Snare Books along with seven other writers on Sunday night at the Green Room in Montreal. Host JP Fiorentino, charming as ever, kept the pace moving but it was still long, long, and yet, a good night all around. Highlights were Jeramy...

Biblioteca de Catalunya

Biblioteca de Catalunya, originally uploaded by lluisanunez.

Carol Moldaw reads Gjertrud Schnackenberg

Some said they heard the pegs squeaking in the holes Of the lyre as if the god were setting a text To the music of wooden wheels On a stridulous cart passing out of Thebes Forever—and indeed, nothing here is hidden, And it never was, not even long before These Thebans were brought to birth,...

Montreal Launch

How Poems Works will be posted a little late this week, but it will be worth the wait. Meanwhile did you all see Jason Christie’s excellent reading of Ryan Fitzpatrick, or a.rawlings reading of Donato Mancini??

Make it new

All this talk about making it new in poetry makes me think of context. Wondering how much diversity ends up in a slush pile at Poetry Magazine for example, makes me think of a comment my partner’s father made once regarding the rich satellite town he inhabits: sure we have diversity, there are people from...

Amanda Earl

Amanda Earl, originally uploaded by johnwmacdonald. BookThugs meet in Toronto to celebrate the launch of all sorts of new and exciting books. Paul Hegedus (In Stereo), Philip Quinn (The SubWay), Victor Coleman (MAL ARME), Mark Goldstein (After Rilke), Amanda Earl (Welcome to Earth), and Steven Zultanski (This&That Lenin) will be reading from their new work....

Stein’s Reflection on the Atomic Bomb

Gertrude Stein, “Reflection on the Atomic Bomb” (1946) They asked me what I thought of the atomic bomb. I said I had not been able to take any interest in it. I like to read detective and mystery stories. I never get enough of them but whenever one of them is or was about death...

Jason Christie reads Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick: This Poetry Seems Like a Good Racket I am uneasy these days about my writing. I’m uneasy about the fact that language is at once a means of liberation from ideology and the mechanism that incarcerates me within it. Language forces me into a binding relationship with ideology that it would be irresponsible...

Women who do

Wow, Nora Bernard.

The text is the text is the text

Or nothing is easier than making fun of Gertrude Stein. A sharp reminder of both of these facts at the Colloque International on Gertrude Stein at UQAM last week. Marjorie Perloff gave a very good, old-fashioned close reading of Stein’s portrait of Christian Berard. This reading it seems, was in response to the recent Poem...

Does poetry matter? On the one hand a poet like Mahmoud Darwish, clearly motivating a generation of people. On the other, the recent uproar over the Issue 1 Anthology that Ron Silliman, Kenneth Goldsmith and others have commented on. Kind of gets at the crux of the North American contemporary poetry scene by holding a...

a.rawlings reads Donato Mancini

How Poems Work: “Subjecthood and the Light Verb” by Donato Manciniby a. rawlings It is Tuesday afternoon in August. Like the past few Tuesdays, I visit with Holden F. Levack, a recent high-school graduate keen on words. Holden flips through Donato Mancini’s second poetry collection, Æthel, selecting as our subject the fourth poem in the...

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