LEMON HOUND

More Bite Than Bark Since 2005
Monthly archive April, 2009

Comments, comments

Sorry all! I had turned on moderation because of a spambot, but neglected to actually check on comments…I have not been withholding on purpose. Here is a sampling…and yes, I love the comments on my blog, but when they get hijacked? My god, it’s like some wacky descent into a food court/verse hell. **es, Chris,...

David Hughes on Carbon Shift

50% of the oil found on the planet has been consumed since 1950. 90% of all coal burned on the planet has been burned since 1910. As for cars and the ridiculous state of the automobile industry, there were 70 million cars built in 2001 alone…no wonder there is a problem. Think about what comes...

It’s over

Survived another National Poetry Month, and my second since being back in Canada. It isn’t quite the frenetic pace of a New York National Poetry month which features so much all at once–including of course the fabulous Poets House Poetry Show Case. The highlight for me? The National Post. They did a great job featuring...

100 Days

P021809PS-0069, originally uploaded by The Official White House Photostream. Behind the scenes on flickr.

Geoffrey Cook

Geoffrey Cook, originally uploaded by johnwmacdonald. Yet another amazing portrait from John W. Macdonald.

Who cares?

The comment situation is out of control over at Harriet. Who are these people? Who cares what they think? I can’t go to the Poetry Foundation anymore, it’s just too awful. I’m beginning to think that comments aren’t the problem, but blogging in general. We have hit peak blogging now haven’t we? What’s next. Something...

So long, Bea

Funny, funny, funny.

Twitter verse

I’ve decided to have fun. Inspired by the new program and Arjun (see interview below). But I have long been a fan of the short-short, poem or story or play, I like it brief. The stanzas are created out of twitter posts available at the time of composition. Rules? Other than the 140 characters that...

Lemon Hound talks to Emily Schultz

LH: Emily, I have been wanting to interview you since reading your collection of poetry Songs for the Dancing Chicken (2007), published with ECW–it’s a gorgeous little book. Tiny narrative haikus. Would you call yourself a poet or a fiction writer, or do you see a distinction? ES: I define as bi-textual. LH: You have...

Change is afoot

There will be some awkwardness here at the Hound’s domain. But it is all in transition toward loveliness so do check back. One change is that comments will be moderated. This is to attempt to foil the spam bot. As for the almond croissant? La Fromentiere on Laurier was the winner, but the others, Premier...

What are we talking about when we talk about difficult?

Thanks Word Salad for the link to a posting of Reginald Shepherd’s essay on “Difficulty in Poetry,” from the summer issue of The Writer’s Chronicle. Shepherd was a passionate poet and the essay is a useful piece of writing. I’ve been thinking a lot about difficulty, which is often used, as I said in an...

Best pain au chocolate

The unanimous winner of best pain au chocolate within walking distance of chez nous (so far in any case, we certainly didn’t get to all of the possible sources) is Boulangerie Les Co’pains d’Abord. This tiny cafe/bakery is located a little east of me, in the up-in-coming stretch of Mont-Royal, just east of Papineau. The...

The problem with living in Montreal

Is the question of where one buys their pain au chocolate of a Saturday morning. Today Boulangerie Monsieur Pinochote, Première Moisson, La Fromentiere, and Boulangerie Les Co’pains d’Abord, which the Hound visited this morning. I must now work my way through one quarter of each sample. Results to come.

A spoof of the spoofs of spoofs

I heard my name this morning.I heard it later in the afternoon as well.Over a latte and a brownie at JavaU it occurred to me to think of me.If I think of me and tell of me it makes me more me.I rarely hear other people’s names (unless they are me).I rarely offer other people...

With apologies to Walt Whitman

I sing myself and praise myself, for what I believe all shall believe, and if not they know not what to believe, for what I think is the thing to think and what I don’t recognize as thoughtcan’t be thought, or is ill thought I sing myself and praise those who praise me, forthose smart...

Other Easters

I meant to put this up yesterday. Can’t recall why I was working round the clock on Easter Sunday, 2005, but I was. This late night view looking uptown from Bobst Library, NYU (I believe the 6th floor).

Waiting for spring in Montreal

A long, grey wait. Last week a few crocus, and Saturday some green thanks to McGill’s sprawling lawn, but otherwise grey, grey. Very much wish I were in British Columbia at the moment. Anywhere in the province (just about) would do. This is what I’m listening to this morning as I work. Very quiet today....

In which

One fills out the questionnaire. More about someone named Sina Queyras in the National Post. They have had a new poet every day this month. I’m wondering if non-poets find these things and become intrigued by the world of poetry. Or even curious about one poet. One of my favorite non-poet observations about the wonders...

A poem by Todd Swift

Chris Hutchinson on Jeramy Dodds

Like many, I enjoy contemplative, epiphany-seeking poetry. Poetry whose contents and formal properties collude to make art and psychological reality appear as one. A lovely fiction! And I duly appreciate those empirically obsessed practitioners who squeeze their idiom for every last drop of conventional utility while sifting the bric-a-brac of the quotidian world. The mirror...

The Twitterer: Lemon Hound talks to Arjun Basu

LH: I know you as a Twitterer, Arjun, but didn’t you also publish a collection of stories called Squishy with DC Books? Is that your first book? AB: Squishy was my first; it came out last spring. It was a compact book and I didn’t think I’d be writing even shorter stories but there you...

Adam Sol: A conversation ending with a poem

LH: What was the inspiration for Jeremiah? AS: There were a few different inspirations. First, I wanted to experiment with a highly rhetorical, loud voice, as a response to a mild frustration with the leading line of contemporary poetic voices that are subtle, lyrical, contemplative and quiet. Second, I’ve often been inspired by the biblical...

Recently received

BooksAmmiel Alcalay, Scrapmetal, Factory School 2007James Langer, Gun Dogs, Toronto, Anansi 2009Karen Solie, Pigeon, Toronto, Anansi 2009Meredith Quartermain, Nightmarker,Gary Sullivan, How To Proceed in the Arts, Cambridge, Faux Press 2001Nazim Hikmet, R. Blasing & Mutlu Konuk (trans) Poems of Nazim Hikmet, New York, Persea 2009Nazim Hikmet, R. Blasing & Mutlu Konuk (trans) Human Landscapes from...

Vowels by Rimbaud

Some Vowels from Rimbaud via Christian BokThanks to Julie over at Seen Reading where she is featuring a new poet reading every day this month.

Strange Bedfellows

The Cow, Ariana Reines, Fence Books, 2006 A Metaphorical God, Kimberly Johnson, Persea 2009 As the books pile up I realize that the long reviews are not going to happen; there are simply too many books vying for too little time. With that in mind I offer some thoughts, in foment, on two books that...