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Monthly archive August, 2010

Just for fun

And because I’m almost as big a fan of Glee as Cabaret.Though seriously, Fox? Fox?Okay, actually no, can’t put Glee and Cabaret in the same sentence. But it is fun.

How to Write: Reading by derek beaulieu

On August 21st derek beaulieu gave a reading from his new work of conceptual fiction How to Write at Monastiraki in Montreal. I apologize in advance for the wobbly video… I have a lot of things going for me, but a steady hand is apparently not one of them. If you can get past the...

Wow, good news!

On Tuesday, the Pacific Salmon Commission announced it expects as many as 25 million fish will return to the Fraser this season.That’s the largest return since 1913 and more than double what was forecast just a few weeks ago.On Tuesday night, fisherman were down on the docks preparing for what may prove to be an...

Holy Obviousness Batman

No offense to the writers on either list, but this entire thing? It’s depressing. It’s obvious. It’s old. And it’s certainly not productive. It’s kind of shameful actually. To wrap this in a guise of neutrality when it’s an old turf war. >> I’ll paste the comment I left on Steven Beattie’s site and hope...

Top Ten Things Wrong With NP’s Critique-let of Erin Moure

(Because Reimer never met a fray she didn’t belatedly jump on.) “Cryptic without being particularly interesting, stricken with various political and linguistic theories, and barren of the sort of grace one typically looks to poetry to provide, it’s all too easy to take a pass on.” 1. Use of the adjective barren in a micro-review...

Poetry Magazine gets up in your face

Please read the following pieces posted recently on Poetry Foundation, one by Abe Louise Young, the other by Raymond McDaniel. These are timely pieces that prod at questions of appropriation. Here is a link to the source of McDaniel’s appropriation, and here’s a link to one of the poems (which I have added above after finding...

Jesus Loves Everyone: Do We Need Gay Bookstores?

In North American cities the rents are rising quickly and bookstores have a hard time keeping up, even those that are mainstream. London seems to be sufficiently spread out so that this isn’t happening…or not at the same rate. This is purely conjecture on my part, based on mere weeks and limited walking, but I...

Skoob bookS

It took me a shamefully long time to get the pun in the name of this bookstore even though they make it obvious in the sign. An excellent collection of books here in a space that reminds me somewhat of the basement of The Strand before it got its fancy renovation. They sell the Penguin...

Say no to Enbridge

Oil pipelines along rivers just isn’t a good idea. End of story. Enbridge has closed off Line 6B, a pipe with 190,000 barrels of capacity, since a late July rupture sent 19,500 barrels of crude leaking into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. In so doing, it has shut off an important sales valve for Western Canadian crude...

On the matter of first editions

There are bookstores that specialize in specific kinds of books: first editions, 18th Century, poetry, drama, and so on. Collinge and Clarke, this eclectic little shop on Leigh Street in Bloomsbury had some good ones. They apparently specialize in “private presses” and possessed one book I particularly love, as you can see in the second photograph…...

Judd Books

There was nothing particularly noteworthy about this one, and yet it had a number of books I would have picked up…novelty? Likely. It had a good vibe in any case.

This Is Why I Hurt You: A Brief Post on Kate Greenstreet

Kate Greenstreet This Is Why I Hurt You, Lamehouse 2008 Greenstreet’s little chapbook fell out from a pile of books on my desk marked “for review.” It’s a big pile and hers is a little book, even as chapbooks go. It’s hand stitched, not overly so, and the paper is functional. A bold clear font...

A Few Things I Learned About Life as a Poet from Watching Bright Star

I approached this movie ready to be snarky and suspicious. No romantic frippery for this lady, in either senses of the word. However, with a deft cinematic hand, Jane Campion “trace[s] the comminglings and collisions of poetic creation and amatory passion” in this tale of young John Keats (Ben Wishaw) in love. 1. Her cinematography...

You can tell a bookstore by its window

London Bookstores: Persephone

London has bookstores. Loads of them. I was taken by a few in particular, and I’ll post about these over the next few weeks when I have the time. The first I admit I was attracted to simply because of its cover, or front. Excellent name, font, sign, window and location: 59 Lamb’s Conduit Street....

The Proof is in the Proof

Ok, admit it. You feel a sense of smug self-satisfaction every time you find a spelling error in a published novel, you laugh until you cry mocking newspaper headlines that say things like, “Thai Ministers Flea in Wake of Violence,” and you question the intelligence of any poet whose book has a really ridiculous spelling...

Comments are so last decade….

Silliman has turned his comment stream off and I’m with a lot of people who think it’s a good idea. There are quite a few last comments that illustrate my feelings exactly. I, for one, applaud this move of YOURS. ‘Twill be more like the “old days”  a “dialogue” between the writer and the reader...