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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...

Canada gives it away, again

“Our Government is committed to strengthening Canada’s economy through all its sectors, especially arts and culture,” said Minister Moore. “Amazon has shown its willingness to promote Canadian cultural products, and we are pleased it is continuing to demonstrate this through this new investment.” Yes, it’s ready to simply offload or download, or abdicate cultural responsibilities...

Distractions, digressions, nationalistic feelings and literary mudfights on the internet

There have been many, of late. Do we all have spring fever? Good V evilOriginally uploaded by Shahireh. The Globe and Mail wrote a fine editorial praising “industrialist Scott Griffin” for his upping of his namesake poetry prize; unfortunately they had to quote an American poet to do it. Do with Emily Dickinson what you...

Bring on the future

Seriously. I have never been able to figure out why there are not green roofs and walls and corridors and bring it on, bring it on. For more see today’s New York Times…the Design Section…

Corgis or what?

Poet, and Hound fave Jennifer L. Knox was just boasting that her Corgi video celebrated 20,000 hits today. Awesome. You can also find two poems from Knox here on an earlier Lemon Hound post.

Two visions of the future, or

Linh Dinh makes me feel downright cheerful! Memo to Kenny: We will not become more machine-like in the future. Quite the reverse. Like it or not, we’ll be yanked from our virtual, surrogate existence and plopped into the splendor and squalor of life in the flesh. Down with the tyranny of the eye! Make some...

Margaret Christakos: Latches, Hyphens & Dashes Oh My

Q; Margaret, I have described your work as “rigorously honed syntactical and etymological machines,”  that are as domestic as they are conceptual, or in conversation with lyric desires as much as flarfist desires. Would you classify your own work as conceptual? Could you pledge association to flarf? MC: I relate to minimalism and proceduralism, and...

Kevin Connolly to judge the Ekphrastic Poem Contest

Just a reminder: April 14th is the deadline and the fabulous Kevin Connolly will have the final say. Do you think ekphrasis is dead? Are you tired of noodly, sentimental poems describing representational art? What are we doing when we are writing poems about art? What makes for a remarkable ekphrastic poem? How far can...

There is no C in Bingo? On not being at AWP

My career will suffer, I have no doubt.I’ll be on anti-depressants soon.I’ll have no idea what to read next.Christian will not lead me into temptation.Vanessa will not pepper the air with scaldingly pointed one-liners. Clearly I won’t see Dan Nester to thank him for the excellent playing card above.I will not make plans to meet...

Poem Poems

Since the ‘90s, April has not only been the month folk longen to goon on pilgrimages, nor just the month that lilacs are bred of the dead land… it’s also National Poetry Month here in Canada. While it’s great to have a whole month dedicated to fostering an appreciation of poetry, poets certainly didn’t wait...

Ya da ya da ya da

she recited the typical spiel about the mfa racket, the academic cash cow, “you cant teach writing,” the fraudulent promises…all couched in a smug “but it pays the bills” etc. I’m with Craig on this one: if you don’t love teaching, don’t teach.

On writing about writing: 32 poet/critics respond

It seems to me, particularly in Canada, we have had this binary used to deflate difference for too long. Anything that resists hierarchical evaluation is cast out as flaky. But one of the real uses of this negative stance it seems to me–and to several people below–is as a tactic to cast “other” as “less...

Book Zoo

Book Zoo, originally uploaded by tara holland.

32 Responses to the Question of Reviewing

From December 2009 to March 2010 the following 32 interviews appeared on Lemon Hound. There are a few more on the way, but this is the bulk, I believe. At a time when review space is shrinking, and worse, editorial imagination is shrinking and in some cases paralyzed, the question arises again and again, how...

New books: The Inquisition Yours

April portends many spring things: daffodils, precipitation, bunny rabbits. One peed on me yesterday. April is also a month for book launches! And it’s poetry month! Ergo, writings on new books. Behold! I have been reading many of the new books of poetry in the past several weeks, and many of these were much too...

David McGimpsey Cover

David McGimpsey Cover, originally uploaded by johnwmacdonald.

Having fun with Frederick

A naked man at any age is just a total nightmareAnd through the door they never come with mop in handto mop up the hard edged shapes of male design andbend to kiss the bruised hips of domesticity or care To make their ideas just a tad more smoothor unscented, or less in need of...

April, Ekphrasis & Poetry Contests

Do you think ekphrasis is dead? Are you tired of noodly, sentimental poems describing representational art? What are we doing when we are writing poems about art? What makes for a remarkable ekphrastic poem? How far can we take our description? Where is the self in an abstract ekphrastic poem? Following up on, After Ekphrasis,...

Paraphernalia

Before I could read or write, I loved scribbling lines of what I thought looked like cursive across pages, finishing each document with a flourish of fake signature, and authorizing it with my dad’s drafting business’ embossing seal. This early interest in the writing soon developed into a serious notebook fetish, as well as an...