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Monthly archive April, 2010

Even Bill Murray has difficulty reading poetry to construction workers

via NY Magazine “Bill dropped by the then-in-progress Poets House in Battery Park to share some short verse with the builders. (It gets going at the one-minute mark if you’d rather skip the intro.)” Though there is one poem he seems to connect with…isn’t there? I won’t say, but maybe you can tell.

On the matter of the Laureate

There are some aspects of the contemporary poetry world that I find particularly disturbing. The fact of what Emily Warn described recently on Harriet as the Pyramid Scheme that is the MFA industry is one. The popularity contest is another. That I allowed poetry to become muddied this way bothers me. I don’t take readers...

Voting Update

Um, can a lowly blogger really win poet laureate of the blogosphere? I’m up against folks like WritersDigest Tweeting to its 40,000 followers. They can’t spell, but they’re tweeting. It’s really insane…. Name Writer’s DigestLocation CincinnatiWeb http://www.facebo…Bio Helping writers since 1920. Publisher of Writer’s Market series.20,993following    43,608followersRT @WritersDigest: Help! WD’s @RobertLeeBrewer is up for Poet...

Vote, vote, vote

Last day of this madness. Sorry to have to ask you to do this–it’s not the usual fare over here at Lemon Hound and won’t be again after today, but we’re down to the wire, so please vote. Good luck to Robert Lee Brewer. And thanks to all for your support. (Sorry to bump your...

Framing Thought: Anthologies and Influence

If you’ve ever studied English in a university setting, you’ve probably got at least one giant, brand name, brick of a literature anthology stuffed under your bed or holding up an off-kilter coffee table. These books are not only a pain to carry around, but they’re also a pain because of their closed approach to...

Prose Poem Contest

What makes for a great prose poem? Is it image? The quality of the prose? The turn? Is it the gait of the sentence? Is a prose poem primarily composed of the sentence, or the phrase, or is the unit of composition the phrase? The vowel? Is a prose poem story? Must it have narrative?...

Sometimes the poet’s job is silence

Or under the noise of making poetry one often finds poetry.

Vancouver Morning & Art Fix

Thanks to all who came out to Emily Carr last night and wave to those I didn’t get to talk to. Only a few hours left in the city and I’m wondering what is essential viewing, art wise. Where must I go?

Quick reminder: Sina Queyras tonight!

The On Edge readings series presents:Sina Queyras 7 pm, Tuesday, April 27Room NB 245Emily Carr University of Art and Design1399 Johnston St.Granville Island, Vancouver/Coast Salish Territories

Imagined quote of the week

What the interviewee said when pressed about his use of the phrase “good poetry” in relation to poetry that resembles his own….and “difficult” or “innovative” (quotes included with much derision), in relation to things he doesn’t like. “Hm, I had no idea my tastes were that transparent.”

On publishing in 2010

In March of 2009, during the same week, I learned that my first book of poetry would be published and I learned that my contract at CBC would not be renewed. Amazingly, 13 months later, I appear to be still unemployed, or rather, writing-and-not-getting-paid-for-it (and I would like to thank Employment Insurance Canada, my spouse,...

The Hound In Vancouver

Sina Queyras @ Emily Carr UniversityThis event is scheduled to start at 19:00 Tuesday 27 April 2010 NB 245, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston St., Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver/Granville Island Reading from Expressway, which you can find out more about on the excellent Influency site, courtesy of Margaret Christakos and a lot of other fine poetry people and Unleashed. Thanks...

Judith Fitzgerald gets it wrong

It’s great that Fitzgerald is throwing support behind Rob McLennan for poet laureate of the blogosphere. It’s a good vote, as I posted here earlier in the week, and I would be happy if he won. But not mentioning the fact that there is another Canadian poet up for the title is, well, it’s just...

Winner of the ekphrastic poem contest

where is the door? after Brian Jungen’s Bush Capsule  invitation : light softshelled, spiked arced and hungry a skin tense stretched round, asking why (mind the ovoids) don’t you come in? Congrats to Gillian Wigmore. Her book, soft geography, won the 2008 Relit award.  Her work has been published in magazines, short listed for prizes,...

Reassuring Failure: CBC’s Being Erica

Countless biographies, movies, and television programs celebrate the successes of great writers and literary figures. These odes track the lives of precocious and unique authors seemingly fated to brilliance, even when the poet protagonist does their best to throw it all away. Being Erica is not such a series. We meet Erica Strange, an English...

Poet Laureate of the blogosphere

Seriously? Rob McLennan and myself do this blogging thing for free and we have to compete with a Writer’s Digest commercially paid blogging dude for Poet Laureate? That’s pretty funny actually. So yah, go and vote. Vote for Rob McLennan, in fact.

Bhanu Kapil vs. The Dictionary (by Alex Leslie and Ray Hsu)

Experimental prose writer Bhanu Kapil has been contributing definitions to Urban Dictionary — the online archive of slang and personal speech — for a while now. In a post on her blog (http://jackkerouacispunjabi.blogspot.com/2010/04/urban-dictionary.html) she writes about having her elliptical definitions accepted and rejected by Urban Dictionary. Below, we respond to Kapil’s definitions with our own....

Flarf is a one-trick pony that thinks a unicorn is another kind of horse

Flarf is a one-trick pony that thinks a unicorn is another kind of horse Thanks to Vanessa Place for the following. Given that a few days ago we had the response to this piece offered recently at AWP here on Harriet, it seems important to post the original text for your consideration. I think this...

oh, neoliberalism

I’d wanted to write about new poetry books every Monday in April, but getting my hands on new poetry books proved trickier than I’d bargained for, because the books I wanted to read were not to be found in the local indie bookstores that I frequent and I refuse to shop at establishments owned by...

Flarf is lyric poetry’s whoopie cushion

Finally: some clarity around the difference between conceptual poetry and flarf.

What is more natural: thinking space and poetry

Red Visual Blue is the more difficult color,made of mineral blood and fades fast.The right hue is hard to settle, of blue.Fragments shift and delineate, lightroams shards, coalesce to fold of cloth.As hand to light turns blue and redis nowhere in sight. What unreliable color,medium carries flowering in. Unfeminine giant wheels unfold flowering in.Metal powders...

The Poet as Standing Nude or Marina Abramovic I love you

Moma is about the art yes, but it’s also about the people. In fact I have a file of photographs taken of people looking at art. Many of them at Moma, though not only. It’s not surprising then, to hear of the intense experience participants in Abramovic’s show at Moma right now. The show includes...

Is that some warmth I feel in the air?

Good morning! Couldn’t just cut and paste the nugget, sadly, all the swag around it persists. But you can scoot along to approximately 55 seconds in…Singing in the Rain – Good Morning !! – The best video clips are right here Can’t post that without posting Madame Bjork

Get Published

As National Poetry Month chugs on you may be thinking, “Poetry Month! The perfect time to finally get my poems published!” Or maybe not. In any case, my time as a poetry editor has taught me a few things about what you can do to get your poetry submission from the slush pile to the...

Joy is to feminism as language is to Exhuastive?

SH: I get asked this a lot, which makes me wonder if there’s too much sugar on my pills. I feel there’s a lot of feminist, anti-homophobic material in there, and that that general ethic underlies the whole book. It’s interesting, though, to hear someone say of “Girlwatching,” which I imagined as two lesbians chatting...