Lemon Hound 3.0

Arts, Letters, Archives, Arguments

Monthly archive October, 2008

Lynn Crosbie reads Sid Vicious and Entertains A Few Questions

NancyYou were my little baby girlAnd I shared all your fears.Such joy to hold you in my armsAnd 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 lifeIf I can’t live for you.To my beautiful baby girl.Our love will never die.—Sid Vicious, 1978One of...

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 MayerStoryStory, 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: her early...

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...