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Monthly archive January, 2011

Vintage Footage: Looney Tunes

Because January always has that extra day I forget about, and the Egypt events were so moving, and the Egyptians such an impressive people, patient, dignified, proud, inspiring with their human chains in the face of guns and tanks and looting and American foreign policy (a fact that continues to stun, amaze and undermine everything...

The Weekend Read: Aram Saroyan

Travel I went all across the country A sense of humor The size of farm animals. or from Third Floor Voices/ Fall 1965/ New York the radiator, the radio louder The above poems are excerpted from PAGES, a beautiful collection of minimalist poems by Aram Saroyan available on ubu. I am assuming that most, or...

Michael Turner: What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing

My friend Mel Herb McGinnis, a cardiologist, was talking. Mel McGinnis is a cardiologist, and sometimes that gives him the right.  ¶ The four of us were sitting around his kitchen table drinking gin. It was Saturday afternoon. Sunlight filled the kitchen from the big window behind the sink. There were Mel Herb and me...

Vintage Footage: Norman Mailer & Marshall McLuhan

Fabulous aesthetics to this piece, from the style of the introduction to the camera work to the actual texture of the discourse. Is it my imagination or is there, quite literally, more space between the words here? Look at the way Mailer takes time think before he hurls one of his “over the top” epithets...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 6

Ever-charitable, always-gracious Canadian writer Margaret Atwood talks to us while simultaneously talking to Bill Moyers.

Blackout, Revisited | Enpipe Line, Enacted

The current issue of Vancouver lit magazine Subterrain has published essays by writers Elizabeth Bachinsky and Alex Leslie on their BLACKOUT AT THE CANDAHAR project, an erasure-as-intervention experimental poetry response to the Vancouver Olympics on which I posted last February. The poems, created by visitors to the bar during the 14 day Olympic occupation, were...

The Weekend Read: The Device

Fragment of Lisa Robertson The Deviceby Benjamin Spencer I left Lisa Robertson’s December reading at the Atwater in Montreal feeling conflicted. At first listen, her work seemed tight, complex – even cold. I felt academically ill-equipped to thoroughly unpack it, yet remained uncomfortably drawn to its syntactical elegance and its deft weaving of lexicons. She did not provide a...

Michael Turner: River Deep, Mountain High

In my last post I spoke of curation in relation to other disciplines. Something I did not address was the word’s recent entry into the lexicon, a point taken up by Jeet Heer in a newspaper article filed around the same time I submitted my post. Missing in Heer’s piece, however, was a discussion of the...

More on the difference between poetry and song

From Patti Smith in American Songwriter: Poetry is a solitary process. One does not write poetry for the masses. Poetry is a self-involved, lofty pursuit. Songs are for the people. When I’m writing a song, I imagine performing it. I imagine giving it. It’s a different aspect of communication. It’s for the people. When I...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 5

Prince George poet Rob Budde chats about culturally modified trees and the poetics of bark and pine sap.

Found Object du Jour

fr Willie Master’s Lonesome Wife (via Brooklyn Rail) An Interview with William Gass (via Alive). In another life, you’d be:There isn’t any other life, but I’m sure if there were, I would be a surprise to myself. What is your current obsession?You can’t have a current obsession. If it hasn’t been around for years it...

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The Weekend Read: Sherman Alexie

THE EXAGGERATION OF DESPAIR   I open the door (this Indian girl writes that her brother tried to hang himself with a belt just two weeks after her other brother did hang himself and this Indian man tells us that back in boarding school, five priests took him into a back room and raped him...

When songwriters write poetry

Correspondences: fifth in a series of posts from Michael Turner

With the Are Curators Unprofessional? symposium behind us, I would like to turn to the question of the visual art curator in relation to other media. Are there equivalents? And if so, are they as varied within their mediums as curation is to the visual arts? Consider the book editor. In big house publishing, the...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 4

Soft-walking, big-stick-carrying Calgary poet Claire Lacey discusses her composition process. kevin mcpherson eckhoff plays Persona to our Strange Brew.

In Conversation: LH talks to Linda Griffiths

LH: As a non-actor who writes, and has some theater experience, I admit to a certain jealousy of the actor writer combination. Not only can you give a brilliant reading from your book at the launch, but you inhabit your characters, bringing them to life again and again. It’s the relationship between the author, text...

The Weekend Read: Sharon Olds

Sex Without Love by Sharon Olds How do they do it, the ones who make love without love? Beautiful as dancers, gliding over each other like ice-skaters over the ice, fingers hooked inside each other’s bodies, faces red as steak, wine, wet as the children at birth whose mothers are going to give them away....

Fragment toward an essay on the mother, time and poetry

I am not who I thought I was. Without her, I have no idea. What will I do? What is that Sappho line about having two minds? Or Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay,” which really hits home. I will never bring my mother books, nor will we discuss them. She will not read my novel...

On Reviewing: Thom Donovan

LH: What do you think the purpose of a review is? If you also write about books on a blog, why? What does blogging let you do differently? TD: Review differs for me a little whether I am reviewing performance, visual art, poetry/literature, or something less identifiable through its particular field, discipline, genre, etc. In...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 3

Calgary poet, visual artist, author of 13 “Pulled from My Shelves” essays on LH last year, and consummate host derek beaulieu discusses tattoos, memory, and letters. Please watch once with sound, once without. Please.

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