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Monthly archive May, 2010

Feminist Boot Camp #98

Know how to age. Never stop working.Never stop exploring. Never lose your sense of humour. Where feathers when you can. Oh, and yeah, nothing wrong with carrying a big stick. By: The Associated Press NEW YORK, N.Y. – Her studio’s managing director says artist Louise Bourgeois has died in New York City, after a lengthy...

Leslie Scalapino, 1944 – 2010

03/24/2009Compendium of Scalapino’s works, by KPH. Leslie Scalapino passed away on May 28, 2010 in Berkeley, California. She was born in Santa Barbara in 1944 and raised in Berkeley, California. An experimental writer associated with the West Coast Language poets, Leslie Scalapino attended Reed College and received an MA in English from the University of...

No, it isn’t good till the last drop

A shout out to the folks up in Kitimaat this week as they walk to remind us of the dangers of losing the last clean salmon runs on the west coast should Enbridge be allowed to build their pipeline… And here’s a very handy little graphic along with a concise update of the BP disaster....

Abramovic on the Body

 

Feminist Boot Camp #22

Who’s your Mama?

The Second Coming

A new translation of de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. Preview in the NY Times starts with this statement: In 1946, when Simone de Beauvoir began to write her landmark study of women, “The Second Sex,” legislation allowing French women to vote was little more than a year old. A sharp reminder gals. My mother’s generation...

English? Français? Magyarul?

Linguistically, Hungary posed very few problems. I could read signs, menus, and descriptions of items in museums. Communicating with others was also fairly simple—either I could conduct a conversation on my own, or my sister would cover the more complicated stuff, like figuring out how to retrieve our delayed luggage after we arrived from Frankfurt....

Actually, it was easy to quit you Facebook

But will you stay quit? I hear stories of people who have deleted accounts only to receive emails welcoming them back months after the fact. Sort of like those newspaper subscriptions that will never leave you alone after you’ve decided to move on, or non-profits that haunt you after you’ve been generous once. The matter...

Feminist Boot Camp #44

See, support, directShirin Neshat’s Women Without Men is a must see:This was perhaps the only way to end a day in which I spent much of the afternoon mixing with the work of Marina Abramovic, and a coffee with poet Marilyn Hacker, briefly in New York from Paris where she is busy learning Arabic. We...

Internet Poetry Roundup

One of the beautiful things about unemployment is that one can spend hours upon hours on the interweb. And one does, because the related poverty of unemployment has lead to certain Austerity Measures in which real-time social interactions are foregone (too expensive) for the social interactions to be had online (we’re paying for internet anyway)....

North America’s Grumpiest Poet

I’m thinking it would be a good topic of conversation. Dude’s can be pretty dug in with their opinions of things. The one thing they seem to have in common is that their version of the world is the right one and all else are wallowing in delusion and despair. Sound like something you want...

Prose Poem Winner (redux)

DEATHLESS NUCLEAR FAMILY OF THE SPANGLED MIND Michael Nardone Judge’s Statement: There’s something about punctuation – not points on a page but the way words cut and slip through other words, the way it sounds to be alive and seeing. Prose steps in where lyric can’t, here, poemwise; it’s less like looking through a microscope,...

Winner of the Prose Poem Contest

Coming very soon. Thanks to all who entered. It was a pleasure to read your work. If allowed, I will have to post a few of the runner’s up. There were so many we appreciated.

Feminist Boot Camp #77

Just keep rolling. Even if you don’t agree. Hey! Watch the elbows.

Feminist Boot Camp #13

The silence. Surprisingly it isn’t the outright hassling by other poets that a gal needs to get accustomed to, it’s the silence. It’s being ignored in conversations. Not having one’s ideas picked up on… It’s scanning the mastheads and seeing no women (another kind of silence). It’s reading an introduction to an anthology and realizing...

Feminist Boot Camp #23

Get on board the Soul Train In outfits you can only dream of…better yet, get on the Love TrainSo wish I could find that without the annoying little ad… Who wants a line a date that can’t dance? Who wants a line without rhythm?

Feminist Boot Camp #12

Come out. Or keep them guessing. Whatever feels comfortable.

Feminist Boot Camp #9

Don’t be afraid to cover a tune, or a poem, or a story you love, but if you do, make it your own. If you must, wear blue mascara. When you make eye contact, well, make eye contact.Do crunches. Age well. If you’re still reading the same poems twenty years later, don’t let your wardrobe...

Feminist Boot Camp #6

The strut. Very important. Even if you’re not dancing you want to look like you got a whole lot of rhythm going on. This tends to unsettle the opponent slightly. Oh, yes, opponent, that one’s covered in another segment. This is about age and the strut. Note Ms. Hynde is rocking toward 60. And note...

Airport Poetry

I’ve learned not to bring poetry books along with me when I travel. Not only do I burn through them in the first hour of the flight, but I also find that planes and airports don’t lend themselves to a slow, deliberate, and contemplative consideration of poetry. This doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t something...

Faceboook, Facist book

I wish I could quit you, Facebook. Yes, that’s right. I wish I could sever the ties. Completely. Except it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do that. And the reason it’s becoming increasingly difficult is that we’ve all been so good at migrating into your interface. Despite the fact that you are harvesting our data, and...

Poetry Online

Excerpts from Expressway now available over at The Poetry Foundation website including one of my own samples of ekphrasis. Do you miss the old Harriet? There’s quite a discussion regarding the “end” of blogging over at Don Share’s blog. I couldn’t make it to Terry Eagleton talk today at McGill (very sadly), but noticed that...

Antipoetry Month, Language as Virus and Literature for Girls

Kootenay School of Writing is in the midst of a little something we like to call “Antipoetry Month,” otherwise known as a transformative spring and summer of poetic programming. We just finished a full weekend, with readings by poetic-fiction writer Hannah Calder (More House) and poet-critic Chris Nealon (Plummet); a talk by Nealon on materiality,...

Feminist Boot Camp #8

Let’s talk about timing:

GERTRUDE STEIN SPEAKS TO THE FUTURE

Do not argue, do. That’s what I said and did. The shape of arguing isn’t interesting. Sentences flag. Attacking isn’t being. Attacking isn’t arguing either. Arguing is more appealing than attacking but being is better than both. Turning away isn’t interesting, but it can be blinding. When walking away it is best to walk with...

Tell It Slant: Or Why Feminisms Should Not Be Blunt Instruments #7

Currently I am a turtle, being washed ashore. I can hardly breathe.One of the disappearing Salmon trying to hide my tracks.Difficult in water.I do not want such risky energy developments. The new Feminisms are not the old, though the issues may be similar, even identical.There are reasons to be cloaked and uncloaked.There are moments to...

Has the blogging moment passed?

Well, Harriet has evolved that is to say, evolved and evolving. Is the blog moment over? Perhaps. There are few LitBlogs that make me want to revisit. There is perhaps, only so much of one poet one might want to know or hear from. I will miss the mix of poets posting over at Harriet....

How Poems Work

I have a few more poem engagements coming up, but I’m opening the door once more. I would like to challenge poets to read a poem that they aren’t comfortable reading. Grapple with a poem that they might not yet comprehend, or a poem that terrifies them in some way or another. I don’t want...

Tour Quotes, Real and Imagined

Are you the right kind of poet? Do you write the right kind of poetry? Are you friends with the right poets? Can they advance your career? Have you signed with the right publisher? Are you being disingenuous? Where is the theory behind your work? Can you defend it? With footnotes? That’s a poem. No,...

Vancouver reading, April recap: Optimisms, McLennan, Swift, and more

Thanks to all who came out for the reading at Emily Carr in Vancouver last week. Someone, I think Pauline Butling, brought up the book trailer for Expressway over dinner and I thought I would share it again here. Evan, the Coach House publicist, did a great job. The text he cut in over the...

Who’s Afraid of Kathy Acker

The world needs more “difficult” womenthanks HTML Giant and also this cool blog.

Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity

Seriously. Can we find out the true cost of these developments before going ahead? Take note all of you unemployed loggers in Northern British Columbia who are Jonesing for a pipeline through your pristine watershed… Can we stop lying about risk? Can we insist on sustainable employment that benefits locally as much as globally? I...

A few words and poems: Mairead Byrne

SUMMER HOURS At sundown men in loose powder-blue overalls come in a white city truck and unfurl tarps stashed between the bars of the wrought-iron fence and nudge them up and out over the park occluding the darkening saturated sky, making a sky beneath the sky, a darker place through which they feel their way...