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Monthly archive July, 2010

How to do silence: a conversation with Vanessa Place

What is she reading? More than two minutes of silence, well, near silence, as Vanessa Place scans the page in front of her, one hand moving from page to body and back, occasionally looking up, making eye contact. I started our brief conversation about the performance she gave at the University of Greenwich earlier this...

Elizabeth Hall & Christine Wertheim

Early this spring Elizabeth Hall asked California writer and editor Christine Wertheim to answer a few questions via email about herself as a poet, feminist, and editor. EH: Since this interview is really about hearing your story, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up? CW: My Literary Life – Chapter...

Anyone not seen this yet?

How’s that going for you–being clever? Much better than Feminist Boot Camp.

Headache vs. Animation: Some Short Shorts

Since I’ve had a migraine all day today, I began searching the internets for some video to offer up curatorially instead of creating my own “content.” I came upon this lovely animation by Bruce Bickford, who apparently collaborated with Frank Zappa in the early ’70s. As I was partially raised on Zappa, by which I...

Feminist Boot Camp #99.1

It’s been fun but, there will be no more boot camps. Or camp closed. Or make your own camp. Adieu.

On top of the world

Or so it seemed from there. And on to Italie…

It Came from the Basement

Wordsworth said that poetry is, “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” Well, around here it’s mostly been the cascading overflow of random closets and not very much tranquility. As a result, much of my reading has been restricted to horrifying internet articles about terrible moving companies,...

Poetrybirds (it’s clear the poetry movement is far from stagnant)

The following is a minimally-edited version of an editorial that appeared in Warbird Digest #30, a periodical about fighter planes, aka “warbirds,” and the people who love them. While leafing through magazines at a friend’s place, I came upon Warbird Digest and was struck by the similarities between the sentiments expressed in this editorial on...

Innovative Women’s Poetry at Greenwich

Having made some noise of late about not seeing quite enough women’s poetry and poetics in the general mix of literary dialogs, it was with pleasure that I spent much of yesterday out at the University of Greenwich listening to women, or a group thusly formed as women, or interested in and/or reflecting in part...

Macmeh

Macbeth has always been my favourite Shakespeare play, so I was excited to take home three comic-book versions of the tragedy from the public library. I don’t think any of the three versions I read really warrant purchasing, but they were a fun way to kill and afternoon. The least exciting version was “Picture This!...

I like it here

Under the dark roads, in the corners damp, the confident font, the way the left is right and right is always left.

Don’t…

Thanks to Jeff Hilson for hosting a fabulous evening last night. Great audience. Really attentive in a way I’ve never experienced. That, The British Library, the book stores at every turn, the amazing galleries, the many shades of pink worn by well-heeled (and perhaps healed) men, the gardens, all of this makes me think London...

How does one have a productive conversation?

I think some good questions were raised. Sadly, the possibility of online discussions seems faint. Why? From an outsider to the conversation I can say that all sides seem to be digging in and flinging…one man’s verbal gymnastics can be just as mystifying as another. Something I’ve never understood Jacob, or Paul in this thread...

Modern Woman on paper

Edgar Degas, The End of the Arabesque (Dancer Bowing) / Fin d’arabesque ou Danseuse saluant, 1876-1877 oil and pastel on canvas Paris, Musée d’Orsay Isaac de Camondo bequest, 1908 Photo: © RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski Last week I went to the Vancouver Art Gallery with a visiting artist friend to see The Modern...

The Literary Test

 Okay, thanks for feedback all. I’ve cut the fourth line, hoping that the three rules actually cover the idea of tokenism. Let me know if there are further tucks or expansions needed to this revised, and hopefully simpler version of The Test. It’s designed to assess any given contemporary literary discussion, publication, essay, critical debate,...

Illustrated Lives: Franz Kafka

When I began to read Illustrated Lives: Franz Kafka, I couldn’t bear to leave the book face-up on my desk. Kafka’s sepia face glowers intently from the cover, his piercing gaze disconcerting enough that I would flip the book over before going to bed. Associating Kafka strongly with his dark, heavy texts, his photo too...

The Hound in London

Sorry Todd Swift, to have to miss tonight’s Oxfam reading. I will be somewhere over the Atlantic as the reading progresses so far as I can tell (and knock on wood). I do hope folks will come out to a reading a few days after my late arrival though: Tuesday, July 13th, 7.30pmSina Queyras, Michael...

Canada really needs to feel ashamed…

If this turns out to be a police officer, seriously, someone has a lot of explaining to do. For more information check out the following blog. That whole “abandoned” police car thing had “set up” written all over it from the get-go. Come on? What police officer is going to abandon their police car…for no...

The Lemon Hound Literary Rule

Okay, so riffing off of the Bechdel test discussed in my earlier post, here’s the Lemon Hound Lit Rule for assessing the cultural acuity of a given contemporary literary discussion, publication, essay, critical debate, or otherwise, purporting to be speaking generally of a literature or literatures, as opposed to something specialized, ie, men’s or masculinist...

Why I love Margaret Atwood?

She says stuff. One of the few women writers of our time, at least in this country, who has access to the national media, and who uses it, more for good than her own profile, though her profile grows…she took risks. Continues to take risks. Doesn’t pander to the mainstream. She’s funny. Funnier now than...

Books, books, books, dying on the vine

P1080630, originally uploaded by tara holland. Or so it would seem. Much ado about criticism once again. As if that is the answer. Well, it’s a problem that’s for certain. I appreciate Steven Beatty’s thoughts on the matter (more I might add, than this meandering and airless little bit of prose.)  I wager though, that...

the state we’re in…bricks, mortar, books

Inspired by the beautiful Bookshelves tumblr blog, spurred on by Pulp Fiction Books’ “Going Out for Business” blog post (I was one of those “Hey guys! How’s business??” customers), heartened by my blogging compatriot Helen Hajnozcky’s Bye-Bye Bookstores post and disappointed by news of recent bookstore closings (in Vancouver and elsewhere) I embarked on a...

Soothing

DSC_0823, originally uploaded by lemon hound. Because every dog needs a wee drop of water and a lot of green. Slideshow here. Less attempts at criticism and more actual work on the poems themselves as well as more silence. More looking. More stillness. More soothing. That’s what poetry needs. I’m becoming more and more convinced...

So small you could miss it

So small you could miss it, originally uploaded by lemon hound. Street level. Marianne. Heading east.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Questions

On one of the nicest, sunniest days we had in Europe, my sister, brother-in-law, and I picked through Vienna’s Naschmarkt, a large outdoor market where people sell antiques, books, clothes, and other random things (such as a large stuffed and lacquered former sea turtle). We were most interested in the antiques, and spent a long...