LEMON HOUND

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Monthly archive October, 2009

Overheard quote of the week

I don’t know, you’d be surprised. Sometimes a fossil is younger than you are.

Comments, who owns comments?

Who owns comments on a blog? Or what is fair use? As some of you may know, a book of selected blog posts from this blog is forthcoming from BookThug. The process of creating the text was intriguing–more complicated than I expected. And what precedent is there for turning a literary blog into a book?...

Bildungsroman

The day the blood came I was covered in gravel. Sandy in my ears and eyes, all under my jeans where the cuffs rub. Slay and I climbed the rock mounds in the concrete factory and surfed down on cardboard. We got in under the gate where the dogs are chained. Slay threw a bone–not...

Seamus Heaney

What the lyric do: Need I say, well?

Blogs of note

Rachel Zolf’s Tolerance Project. Hilarious and pointed account of the typical MFA workshop. Zolf has entered one, in protest really, and has cleverly crafted a conceptual poetry project around the experience. Kathryn Mockler is gathering fabulous materials for those coming to poetry, or those who need a little direction. I guess if you’re Margaret Atwood...

Strange & Wondrous

Backstory

As if the wind could lift story. In the night, very late, a dark hoop around a waistline. She peered in. Not unpleasant. History licking up at her. Not with handles though. No instruction. They come at her, quite insistent, as if waiting for communion, their tongues out, awaiting it, the instruction. No, she admonishes,...

Sylvia Plath

That great New England Growl: cashmere and…well Plath’s birthday. The video isn’t great, but the reading is…

Avant-garde

Well for one it’s because the avant-garde always has more fun creating the work than its readers do reading it… In fact it is this sheer attention to joy that should make others suspicious. After all poetry lives in the frayed ends of ropes and lashes while on bent knees–my father preferred to use bricks...

Autobiographical novel

A novel in which the author claims to be telling the real and true account of their life. Usually of interest only when hyphenated by such things as a crack, gambling, or sex addiction, or any of several forms of abuse–although the more graphic (but not disturbingly graphic), the better. If you have had a...

Chris Rock: Nicely Done

What is your def of good hair?

For those of you

who are not out dancing tonight…there is, somewhere in the galaxy, a groove going on. Thanks Vanessa

Paul Durcan listening to Christian Bok

Variousness in readings, that’s what interests me. Not four lyric poets all in a row, or four sound poets, or four poets writing the very same angle–unless they’re really, really writing the same angle. Nice to read with Paul Durcan and Christian Bok last night, and Mr. Morton, whom I had not met. Very different...

Author

Is there a pulse? A group of mid-afternoon shoppers, bags offering liberal padding between hip and hip, crowded around the body–is it a body? Yes, it’s a body, black blood pooling at the wrist and behind the ears, a body, or something resembling a body. There’s been an accident, someone said. Two mothers leashed their...

Poetry Cabaret

Thursday, October 22, 2009Coach House poets Sina Queyras (Expressway, Lemon Hound) and Christian Bök (Eunoia, Crystallography) will be joined by Colin Morton (The Hundred Cuts) and Paul Durcan (The Laughter of Mothers) for an evening at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. This event will be hosted by Rob Winger. Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts...

Atmosphere

While she waited the ceiling swelled and swayed under the weight of something that seemed equally to press down on her and out from her. She imagined Bishop’s Fish, its skin “packed in like feathers.” She imagined pomegranites inside out and writhing beneath the neighbor’s floorboards. She imagined, for some reason, thousands of tennis balls,...

Archetype

The new archetype: or the women of the avant-garde. She her self and her shadow took their anima and animus and persona down to the verse trough wherein they slashed, collaged and knit slutty lyrics with uptight dialog and, well, general mayhem ensues. see also: Ubu web

Writers Read at Concordia

WRITERS READ AT CONCORDIA presents a reading by GEORGE SAUNDERS Friday, 23 October 2009 7:30 pm De Sève Cinema J.W. McConnell / Library Building 1400 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West Concordia University One of the most successful writers of recent times, George Saunders has published three volumes of short fiction, an illustrated novella, two children’s books,...

Stage Door, 1937

Who isn’t in this movie?Fabulous, fabulous.

Apostrophe

You might think this is simply a grammatical symbol for omitted letters, or a way to mark ownership and relationship which in itself is a neat trick. You might also think it’s a book (and a site) designed/conceived by Toronto Wunderkinds Bill Kennedy and Darren Wershler. You might also think that it refers to an...

Tonight, Montreal Coach House is up to no good

Coach House / Snare Books Montreal LaunchSunday, October 18, 2009 8:00pm featuring readings by David Derry, Sarah Dowling, Ian Christopher Goodman, Kate Hall, Susan Holbrook, Kim Minkus, Jeff Parker and Sina QueyrasThe Green Room, 5386 Blvd. St-LaurentMontreal, QC

why collaborative texts are more good than non-collaborative

From a piece in the New York Times last week about “How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect,” in which the author offers statistics that support a fact long argued by poets, that disjunction as found in poets as diverse as Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Rae Armantrout and Erin Moure, is actually a very useful poetic, that...

Harriet’s ongoingness and new blogs

Excellent line up at Harriet including Anselm Berrigan–great post yesterday which was more like a prose poem than a prose post, and lovely. I have yet to read Berrigan’s new book, but I look forward, and it was great to see him on the cover of Poets and Writers Magazine last month. He has a...

Having a Coke with You

A certain era, a certain delivery, a way of making smoking look so benign

1983 was a strange and beautiful year

Strange new moment, Aids was still a whisper, David Bowie was making his move into movies, David Sylvian was there (where is he now?),As was Annie Lennox,and Steve JobsSo was the threat of nuclear annihlation. In fact this was the year many of us saw Helen Caldicott’s film, released in 1982. The film was so...