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Monthly archive December, 2009

On Reviewing: Ben Friedlander

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? BF: A lot of my reviewing was done pre-internet for a small community of readers who, truth be told, knew a lot more about the books than...

On Reviewing: Emily Warn

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? EW: To begin or engage in a conversation about a book by arguing for or against its merit. Given the sheer volume of poetry titles—anywhere between 500-1,000...

On Reviewing: Michael Robbins

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? MR: A review should be something more than an appreciation or an attack—it can appreciate, or attack, but it should do so in order to clear the...

On Reviewing: Eileen Myles

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? EM: No single purpose. A book Im advocating for – a book I’ve been invited to write about that I have my own reasons to write about even if diff from the editor who invited me. A book to hinge some other argument on...

On Reviewing: Mitchell Parry

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? MP: In my opinion, the purpose of a review is to present to the reader the act of engagement.  Evaluation, proselytizing, are secondary to my experience of...

On Reviewing: Ron Silliman

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? RS: I don’t think that there is a single purpose. Rather, there are many, dozens if not hundreds of reasons to respond to something – a book,...

Merry Christmas

Circa 1966 and thanks to Ms. Place.Stay tuned for more on reviewing.

On Reviewing: Brian Joseph Davis

In lieu of responding to the 10 questions Brian Joseph Davis offers the following review, published recently in Eye Weekly. Duty now for the future One man’s journey out of criticism Cassingle By Jim Hanas. Available free Cassingle by Jim Hanas is a collection of short stories. It’s free and online in several formats. Besides...

On Reviewing: Stephen Burt

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? SB: I’ll confine my answers here to reviews of literary writing—poetry, fiction, personal essays, graphic novels and the like, books that aspire to be judged as works...

On Reviewing: Catherine Daly

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? CD: I have taken to writing mini reviews, mentions, reader reports, and draft reviews – mostly of .pdf versions of books – on my blog.  Most of...

On Reviewing: Michael Bryson

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? MB: I think the purpose of a review is to provide an honest response to a book. One must admit up front that one brings a host...

On Reviewing: Daisy Fried

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? DF: It’s a public engagement between a reader and a book. I blogged for a few months for Harriet and a few times talked about books I...

On Reviewing: Steven Collis

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently?SC: In a review, one writer enters into dialogue with another (or better, one piece of writing enters into dialogue with another). The ideas, aesthetics, techniques, forms or...

On Reviewing: Jordan Davis

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? JD: I write public correspondence. Part of reviewing is signaling to the poet under review that I see them and to some extent I notice what they’re...

Two bad ass anthologies

Okay, I have a two recommends for poetry lovers this season. Feminaissance, ed. Christine Wertheim, Les Figues 2009 Edited by Christine WertheimFrom the press: Identity is dead. The 21st-century subject is an unstable fiction with no identifiable features or group affiliations. He’s a man without inherent qualities, a post-human ideal. But those who have long...

10 Canadian Poetry Volumes

Okay, here’s a tentative list… These are the books that have most engaged me in the past decade in one way or another. Books I have carried around with me, come back to, written toward and against. They aren’t necessarily favorites, or even best, those lists are less interesting to me. These texts constitute the...

Michael Turner on the Cage Match

On the topic of Eunoia, I remember when Bok was writing it, how his excitement returned me to its source — (the translation of) Perec’s Avoid, a novel without the letter “e”. However, that the “e” is the most ubiquitous vowel in both English and French — and therefore the most difficult to avoid —...

Shandy Hall

Just back from a week in England. Highlight? Shandy Hall of course. Fabulous tour.

Dare I say it, some poets of differing aesthetic positions get together to have fun

In which a few Canadian poets roast Christian Bok. Brilliant little collage by Ken Babstock that illustrates the Bok rhetorical vice grip. It starts at about 29:00. Another excellent moment via Suzanne Zelazo at 14:00.Fabulous. 

A Very Christian Christmas!

I can’t be there, but I would be if I could. December 15, 2009 – 7:30pm – 11:00pm Mr. Bök and his band of merry elves – including merrymakers Ken Babstock, Andrew Pyper, Russell Smith, Priscila Uppal and Darren Wershler – will send you off to your holiday vacations in style, with readings, anecdotes and...

Al again

oh my

There will be no new steps!

Because if you don’t know them, you can’t teach them. Some days this feels like to precise a rendering of the Canadian poetry world. Well, actually it is a precise rendering of how some would like the poetry world to be…

Video du jour

Thanks Leigh, nice find.Untitled from nina ninole on Vimeo.

Helen Hajnoczky: Report from Calgary

Ultimate Writing Championship: A review of the “Cage Match” of Canadian Poetry between Dr. Christian Bök and Carmine Starnino, November 26, 2009 Though the opponents came into the octagon dressed the same, they had very different fighting styles. While Bök put on a comedic show, feigning this way and that with self-deprecating remarks about the...

Jason Collett on Kensington Market

Absolutely.Missing Toronto these days.