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Monthly archive June, 2010

POET’S THEATRE: A RESPONSE

I had something to say. A big wind loped inside. I could barely discern the curve of her tongue. If I suggest to you the outline of something. He asked to take the upper right portion, to move diagonally with a dragging left foot. In the old days things were crisper. Over time everything moves....

Depressing

Really. I have no idea what to say about this. The whole Blackbloc thing was very disturbing  yesterday. Then today the scenes in Toronto are terrifying in another way. Makes me think there is something very askew about the possibility of protest, about feeling heard, and as we know, but don’t seem able to do...

Thinking of appropriation?

Rob Fitterman’s “Failure,” yet another failed conceptual poem by one of the great conceptual poets of our time. 

You can’t take it with you… at least not without a U-Haul

For the first time since I was four years old, I’m moving. I’ll be starting school in September in a city on the other side of the country, which means that instead of shoving unused items into the nether regions of our basement, I actually have to go through my stuff and decide what to...

Woman content living in 84-sq. ft. dream home

Unfortunately you have to watch a wee commercial first…but then you get to 84 sq. ft of heaven. I’m thinking 200 sq ft would do for me, and suddenly I feel a bit piggish…oh yes, this is definitely a west coast thing. Not imaginable in Quebec. Though an urban version, say a Toronto version, might...

Quote of the week

Much to like in this interview by Jacob Mooney with a new poet, Jeff Latosik. The word “again” in the title as in “I want to make things difficult again,” makes me think this young poet isn’t reading poetry…or is engaging in that hot-new-boy-poet move of setting up all the straw men his book will...

Ridiculous Cuteness

This aint a plea

It’s more an order. It’s something concrete that we can do. Don’t send money to clean the Gulf. Let oil money clean the Gulf. Let the dividends the company wants to pay out clean the Gulf: Hey ya’ll, the Gulf Coast still really needs our help. Text ‘COAST’ to 50555 to donate $10 to helping...

Perhaps not this, but close

Every movement creates energy. For more on the Human Car.

Scrapbook of my Life as a Flaneur: Poetics & Anxiety

At the KSW Negotiating the Social Bond of Poetics (NSBP) seminar led by Nicole Markotic (poet/critic/novelist, whose latest book is Scrapbook of My Years as a Zealot) (my notes taken during Nancy Gillespie’s recap of previous seminars) -We are entangled in the affect of neoliberalism / the society that demands complete enjoyment -Fear of not...

Poetics of Anxiety

No wonder poetry is so tense. It never gets sleep. Can’t roll over for fear of squashing its dreams. Turn right it steps on its own toes. Turn in circles to avoid the Academy. Ah, the snowy path. Ah, the tidy couplet. Oh, the project, the project! If you can’t describe it, you ain’t a...

En la calle San Sebastian : Poetry Everywhere : Video : The Poetry Foundation

Martin Espada read the other night at Concordia. One got the feeling he had read those poems many times, many locations, until they were perfect performances. And it was good. It worked. A pleasure to hear. Liz Bachinsky also tore up the stage. Love a poet who plays to the crowd by not playing to...

Describe the worst poem you have ever read?

Um, it involved testicles and moon babies and a total desire to be lumpen and woolly in front of your momma…or something like that…or why art can sometimes be more frightening than poetry.

Ye Olde Couch Potato

Most people don’t get super excited at the mention of Medieval English literature. I am among the few people who do, however, and in an effort to proselytize a bit, here are a few fun things that make Middle English Lit a bit more accessible and entertaining. The main ingredient? Television. While using TV to...

Amory Lovins is still talking

and still making sense. rethink oil. rethink our relationship to oil. our relationship to space. to mobility.

The Big Rethink (or several small rethinks)

As tonic to my El Negativsmo post of last week, I find it necessary to state that I believe it is important to resist complacency and seek out those who are attempting to creat change, however small. One such person is poet and Stain of Poetry co-curator Amy King, who was interviewed on HuffPo last...

Brief update

Unleashed gets some love. And over at Lambda both Expressway and Unleashed get a little action. Thanks to the reviewers. Back in Montreal after a whirlwind trip to Toronto–sorry to those I said I would visit and didn’t. Did manage to get my locks shorn, and did manage the LCP reading at Bar Italia last...

Bye-Bye Bookstores

As I’ve gushed before, Budapest is full of great bookstores. Calgary is not. There are a few really good bookstores holding out, like the ever popular Pages, but the variety and mix of bookshops that I remember from the Calgary of my childhood has now been replaced with one monolithic big-box chain. Little shops went...

Jakub Stachurski: Almost Random: A Reading of Phil Hall’s White Porcupine

Phil Hall’s lyricism in White Porcupine establishes and shares with the reader an individual ideologue, a semantic and syntactical coll[i][u]sion of poetic structure and tenuous diction exhibiting the immediacy of an impulse which propels the work. Much incongruity is painted into the white space of this long poem (silence, which says as much and as...

What’s it like to swim in oil?

You can see video of this dive here. AP journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil2 hours, 46 minutes ago By Rich Matthews, The Associated PressSome 40 miles (65 miles) out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into the thickest patch of red oil I’ve ever seen. I open my...

Oops! Hellman’s is full of GMOs…

Margaret Webb on the Hellman’s ad I posted a few days ago… Seriously. We can’t get local food the same way we can’t find local books in the bigger systems…it’s the systems that are being bought up. Break em down.

poetry and neuroscience

I’ve been sick for the past several weeks, and since I seem to have slid into permanent unemployment, I spend all my time at home, with social networking passing for social interaction. Say what you will about the evils of Mark Zuckerburg et. al., Facebook can be a vital method of communication for the shut-in....

Driving west from Toronto, or north of Oakville

Such a strange feeling…heading to Toronto on Thursday (see earlier post) and it feels like I’m heading home. Or, I’m heading to Canada. Ontario isn’t what I think of as home, BC is home. Still, being in Quebec, in Montreal, one feels one is in Quebec, in Montreal, not necessarily in Canada. Will I ever...

Poem in Process

morbid morbid the loss of course one wallows of course one wants one longs one remembers a certain shade of red a certain twirl of skirt the many hours of trepidation all for naught in the end the loss comes no later no sooner with no less shock no less wonder no less scent of...

Cities have their shadows

it’s not only people… feministhulk: HULK ACCEPT THAT HULK TALK FUNNY. HULK CAN LAUGH WHILE SMASHING PATRIARCHY—HULK VERY GOOD AT MULTI-TASKING!from MS Magazine.

Men & Equipment, Slow Down, Summer Hours, or June & July

Although there are many posts in progress, the pace of life has picked up. My life seems to be calving whole weeks to busy-ness with nary an hour for my own work never mind updating the blog or social networking. To that end I’ve given up trying to resist the pace. Updating may be sporadic...

Orange

DSC_0192, originally uploaded by lemon hound.

Home Again

I don’t normally write poetry while travelling, with the exception of a few random lines here and there. On this trip, however, I did fill one-hundred-and-six pages of a travel journal. But as a writer, you can get more out of travelling than copious notes on the appearance of local junk shops and unfortunate spelling...

Yay! A camera

Finally got a new camera…and so the testing begins. Building a slide show here.

Feminist Boot Camp #24

Sniff things out. Go ahead, stick your nose into things. Poets from all corners of the poetry map come together to write about the Gulf Disaster. And yes, they mention Gaia, and invoke, and describe birds and write hymns to water…

Marina Abramović wraps up at MoMA (post in progress)

Day 18, Marina Abramović, originally uploaded by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.The show was compelling, right down to the final minutes. Even as I watched via the Marina Cam. The final visitor stood up shortly before 5pm, moved toward Abramovic, and embraced her. I was shocked. She then stood up and had a long...

Feminist Boot Camp #37

Appropriate. Innovate. Innervate. Move forward. Have fun. HULK BELIEVE IN HEALING POWER OF LOVE. HULK ALSO BELIEVE IN HEALING POWER OF SMASH. HULK VAST. CONTAIN MULTITUDES.34 minutes ago via web HULK FALL ASLEEP AFTER DINNER, DREAM OF POST-HEGEMONIC GREEN UTOPIAS.about 16 hours ago via web HULK CAREFUL TO SMASH IN ECO-FRIENDLY WAY. HULK TRY TO...

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