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Monthly archive June, 2009

Ruelles Verte

I love Montreal alleys…and I’m not alone. Apparently there is a master plan for creating more green space in the plateau in particular. The plateau, where I live, reminds me a little of downtown Brooklyn and also of Philadelphia Center City, the part the juts up against South Philly. The alleys are of varying sizes...

Le Montaonard

C’est moi! Ou, non.

Me and my shadow

Over the years…they add up.

Sheryda Warrener reads Karen Solie

Pathology of the SensesJuly 2005 Oligotrophic: of lakes and rivers. The heatan inanimate slur, wool gathering, hanginglike a bad suit. Suspended fine particulate matter. And an eight-million-dollar ferry shoves offfor Rochester, no souls aboard. I see you,you know, idling like a limousine through the old neighbourhoods, your tinted windows. In whatthey call “the mind’s eye.”...

Michael

Oh my. That’s a huge loss. Farrah too, but Michael. Oh, Michael. Yes, I know the headlines, the controversies, all of that. The best ones are never easy to love.

Even still

How do you know what a book is? And what it’s for? Or how it should be read. I like Richard Nash’s idea that a book is more communal than we understand it to be. He points to the one positive growth area in the publishing world–that of the book club. Because yes, reading is...

Mandating book reviews and discussions?

Thanks to Bookninja for pointing out This plea for more book reviewing in Canada, and in particular at the CBC. And I agree, Canada Reads is not enough. In my humble opinion the problem has to do with a lack of guts. Yes, guts. It takes guts to be a good reviewer, a good publisher,...

Fete nationale du Quebec

Celebrations include drinking, feasting, drinking feasting, concerts, drinking, and many flags. Needless to say the food and drink are very good, and spirits high. Near 30 degree temperatures help. The parks are full, and even in my neighbourhood, further east than most anglos tend toward, there are anglos in evidence. And yes, why not celebrate...

Cheesey x Two + can’t choose

Ya, well, I never tire of the sea wall.

Mavis Gallant, Montreal Stories

Summer reading is good, but what about summer listening? Rattling Books offers unabridged audio books, including Gallant’s Montreal Stories, a collection of stories set in a Montreal that is geographically, if not socially recognizable. By that I mean the stories are steeped in their time and that has long passed. But the streets are the...

pre Oulipo

Okay maybe not. Still. What she said.

Absolute cuteness. JD Samson et al.

Moricetown Canyon

One of my favorite places in Northern British Columbia. The salmon weren’t there yet, hence no one hanging over the cliffs with a spear, fishing. I can’t recall being there so early in June before, so a different order of wildflowers if you look close on that rock.

David McGimpsey

The Duke of Carleton, originally uploaded by johnwmacdonald. Rock on Mr. McGimpsey. KoKo There was no doubt about my boss:he was one of the great defectives.He claimed our poor profits in the recessionstemmed from his ‘fear of circus clowns.’ You have to be careful around a guy like that:test your breath, shoelaces Oxford-style—one winter afternoon,...

Trees, Northern British Columbia

These are taken mostly on Ferry Island, in Terrace, British Columbia, but there are a few from Kleanza Creek too. Fittingly, Ken Belford on poetics below, and a link to a pdf on Belford’s work, and a more recent essay by Rob Budde on Belford in the excellent new poetry journal Poetics, out of SFU....

Fantasies of Summer Reading

It’s the time for summer reading lists. Here’s a slightly different take on the genre. First, a list of the books that would make it into my suitcase if I had an unlimited budget. I’m not a fan of lists i in this sense, but there you have it. No order, no bests, just what...

Boats made from garbage

A woman after my heart! Venice was settled originally by refugees fleeing the barbarian hordes—who, apparently, didn’t like water. But that was then. This week, Swoon, a 31-year-old Brooklyn artist whose name is Caledonia “Callie” Curry, is leading a waterborne invasion of the Venice Biennale (she didn’t bother to try to get in officially) with...

The Capilano Review

Dear TCR,Thank you for your ongoing excellentness. For the cover of the current issue, sliding out of the envelope this morning to reveal paint-splotched tires and pallets in a shrubby wood. Thank you for the smell of the ink and paper (no doubt toxic but I inhale deeply), and for including photographs in a literary...

I’m with Dave Eggers

I don’t believe print has to end. I don’t believe it will. I don’t believe people want to read books on Kindle, or any other such device, or perhaps not “only” read them there, or online. I just don’t buy it. And I don’t think we have to buy it either. And the new magazine...

Banff

Updated slide show of trees in and around the Banff Centre. Deleted accidentally now for the second time…

Pleasurable Moments in Poetry

Tydsdal, Swift, SolieDaniel Scott Tysdal, Predicting The Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method, Coteau, 2006So few books take the risk of breaking out of predictable poetic form–on the level of the book I mean, as much as the poem inside. Tysdal’s book looks more like a gallery catalog than poetry book. The...

Of course I love Lucy

Oh, the face…

Sarah Gambito

Delivered is the second book by this young New York based poet. I don’t have the first, and so can’t comment on the trajectory, but this one is, dare I say it, enjoyable. It has a lot of “my mother” poems, a lot of references to family, grandparents, the immigrant experience. One balks at such...

Rethinking Urban Transportation

So now Ford is in partnership with Quebec Hyrdo to test and produce electric vehicles by 2012. Excellent. I was thinking how most Canadian cities can be navigated in under 50 kilometers a day–the limit for the small electric car at the moment. A new development while I was in Banff! A new bike sharing...

Northern British Columia redux

The Gitskan Nation is on the move. Lots of talk up here of alternative energy sources and how to deal with impending development projects. Meanwhile the heat is causing excessive melt and the Skeena is rising and faster than ever. This morning the small island where we have been camping had the outer trails closed...

Northern British Columia

Greetings from the rain forest, currently the hottest spot in Canada actually. Actual forest photos to come.K’San Village, HazeltonTotem Poles, Kitwanga

A poem by Margaret Christakos

The problem of confessionality 1Months later, actuallyyears later, a robinbows at me from the fenceand then sails, in slow-motionarrival, to my feet. Hewith his dried-blood chesthas literally leapt afence to enter my yard,sirens singe the air, I’m notmaking this up. Throughthe (vertical) fence slats, down a(horizontal) laneway, a car flashes 2its (rear) brakelight and movesnorth....

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