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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.