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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.

Nick Thran: Masters

The other week, as part of my fiancée’s birthday celebration, we went to the Film Forum in Manhattan to see Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, La Danse, about the Paris Opera Ballet. Clocking in at about three hours, this was an exhausting and beautifully shot film about the narrative of process.  Given ample time in the studio...

Early reception of Keats

[Mr Keats] is a copyist of Mr Hunt; but he is more unintelligible, almost as rugged, twice as diffuse, and ten times more tiresome and absurd than his prototype, who, though he impudently presumed to seat himself in the chair of criticism, and to measure his own poetry by his own standard, yet generally had...

A volta!

There will be no master…

Rambling thoughts du jour

The cage match offered no new insights for those who have been paying attention to Canadian poetry, but hopefully clarified some ideas and positions for some who don’t yet know. It’s clear to me who made sense, and also who was listening and who was not. It also made me realize that we in Canada...

Poems of the first decade

The best list will be out in full force, this being an 09 leading to a 10. It occurred to me that I need to think about a rough list of books that have stuck with me over the decade. Then it dawned on me that most of the poetry that constitutes the most exciting...

Cage Match or Cage Snooze?

Though I always enjoy hearing Christian speak on pretty much anything. Maybe the question isn’t all that interesting. A report from the audience soon. The Cage Match of Canadian Poetry from Kit Dobson on Vimeo.

Marina Abramović encore

James Franco talks to the performance artist

Poetry and Public: Just who are we all writing for?

Or what are we all waiting for? So what would it take to reinvest in poetry as public art? How might poetry be re-imagined beyond this anxious situation—somewhere between the courtly privacies it cultivates and the popular magazine-ese of consumer culture? This is the dilemma. Part of the problem remains uniquely American, because America has...

One man’s take on fake

Interesting, I think, and plausible. I am wondering about the connection between this and my aversion to stores such as Century 21 and Filene’s Basement…I just can’t wear stuff bought there and ultimately end up throwing it out so I don’t go. Used, fine, but just a whiff of discount store somehow seems not unlike...

Sonnabend

Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy. It’s not the point, but the dude at Sonnabend has to be the grumpiest gallery face ever. It has to be a tough gig: the standing or sitting at a desk looking very busy as people wander in and out of the gallery. I get that. Most of the elegant figures take...

Kindle me not

No kindle here. And it’s not that I’m resistant to ereading. Not at all. In fact I have taken to reading on my iPod, and like it very much thank you. What I don’t want is another stand alone unit. What I don’t want is another thing to lose, to worry about charging, and so...

Conversation with Don Share

The Hound caught up with Don Share via email this fall to discuss Poetry Magazine and the perception that there is only one kind of poetry, or, one kind of poetry that matters.  LH: Don, it seems to me that your arrival at Poetry coincided with a massive campaign to broaden the scope of the...