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Monthly archive April, 2011

“Textual Telephone”: Melanie Bell on Susan Holbrook and Nicole Markotić’s “Q & A”

Is it worth the portage? Maple or hickory-smoked? Are you serious? Which is worse? You and what army? Sift words into his package. My apple OR hickey OR most. You’re so serious. I changed the Ors. U an I warm the real, open the how. Oh, Anne’s Anne. How’s your moist O-ply pummelling? Fresh ground...

“If I Was René Daumal I Would Have Mastered Self-Love by Now”: Guillaume Morissette on René Daumal.

One Word Is Sufficient (from Le Contre-Ciel) Name if you can your shadow, your fear,and measure the circumference of its head,the circumference of your world, and if you canpronounce it, the catastrophic word,if you dare break this silenceweaved with mute laughter, if you dare break thebubble by yourselfand tear up the plot,all alone, all alone,...

Michael Chaulk on First Books

Sarah Dowling’s security posture I first read Sarah Dowling’s security posture on a half-empty airplane. There was a long delay, I think forty-five minutes. On one side of me, the window leading out to lengths of tarmac and a longer purple 6am sunrise. On the other, a man in a grey suit watching what had...

Robert Fitterman Introduces Sophia Le Fraga, Feminlist

Feminlist womenthol cigaretteswomanchego cheesewomanila envelopeswomandalawomandolinwomannequinwomanicurewomansionCharles WomansonMarilyn WomansonWomandy MoorePaul NewomanNewoman’s Ownsediwomentary rockwomanateewomanta raypraying womantissalawomanderwomandarinwomangowomantlediswomantleGerwomanWomanhattanwomanic depressionwomental disorderwomaniacPrewomenstrual Syndromehywomenwomanslaughterwomentioncewomentcowommentcowommendablerepriwomandiblemonuwomentalornawomentalwomanagerwomentorelewomentwomandiblerowomancebrowomance -Sophia Le Fraga ————————————————————————— I am very excited and pleased to introduce the poet Sophia Le Fraga. Her text included here, Feminlist, is a startling poem where each item in a list is embodied with the word woman. This...

Emily Pinkerton’s Warholian Dystopia

Writing is changing. In the past few years, the mainstream practice has changed significantly. I’ve been a champion for the way the Internet is changing writing for quite some time, and I’ll continue to be, but when I think of the Internet’s impact on culture and how that influences young writers, I get fearful. Great,...

Julie Sheehan Introduces Michelle Whitaker, the Floater

The FloaterI have yet to learn how to hurricane the trees like him, bend their necks down until the snapinto a migration hidden in all the wrong, wrong spaces.I watched the boats unstrapped, one by none left on the back waterslike an unbeliever from a billy-goat starebetween his hand and the wild fever away. I...

Jacob McArthur Mooney Introduces Mathew Henderson, the Tank

The Tank Squats three days at a time in white brown mud that sticks and sucks like a mouth against everything it touches. The long battle, the bit by bit of urging steel to the centre of the earth. Dreams of sinking past the slow riot of oil, sand, and stone, to the bottom of...

Robert Majzels Introduces Indra Singh, Regretfully Excerpted

Disappearing Scene The scene is blank. Gaia enters. She regrets not having better personal growing conditions. Words pipe in light, oxygen, and dirt. Gaia sighs, and starts to bight her skin, moving along her arm. She pulses along the fat, swathing deeper to the muscle. The hair tickles her mouth—she grins then suctions her skin,...

Kerri Cull on Michael Crummey’s “Her Mark”.

Her Mark (from Hard Light) I, Ellen Rose of Western Bay in the Dominion of Newfoundland. Married woman, mother, stranger to my grandchildren. In consideration of natural love and affection, hereby give and make over unto my daughter Minnie Jane Crummey of Western Bay, a meadow garden situated at Riverhead, bounded to the north and...

Clint Burnham Introduces Mercedes Eng

Mercedes Eng is a thirtysomething writer and activist in Vancouver. She’s been at Simon Fraser University for a few years now – maybe longer than I have – and is finishing up a graduate degree in English. She’s also one of the brightest young writers on the Vancouver scene, whose work combines tart insights into...

“Sinew of Fire and Flint:” Lise Gaston on Steven Price’s “Anatomy of Keys”.

XVI (from Anatomy of Keys) Rope: sleek sashcord, escapologist’s skin, umbilical cord of the drowned, shrouded hoodhanged men bladder and drag and stretch out in;wildfire ripple of rumour through a crowd;sheath, frayed bloodline, sinew of fire and flint, asleep in one’s lap like a child or a catand like a child all ululation, all wailed...

Michael Chaulk on First Books

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s The New Layman’s Almanac About from leftovers to the weight of citizenry, the other side of the first-book battle. Jacob McArthur Mooney’s The New Layman’s Almanac is a fine example of the first book as often having an all-pervasive and anchoring conceptual unity. Except, he also combines that unity with tweaks of...

Michael Nardone: On Colin Fulton

—- What are the phonemes within phenomena? What is their speak and how are they sounded? How does a phrase issue outward from event? What is the name of the pleasure that overcomes one when a string of words fastens itself to some unintended destination? How is it that a sentence takes hold? Colin Fulton’s...

Sharon Thesen Introduces Rebekah Croker, All Movable

All movables of wonder like you Little Breath; I watch rise and fall, a sawing log,as last night’s story tingles from the printed pagesdropped, from hands to dreams to heartand slits of light from the window blindsconnect your closed eyes with Italian tales of talking wood,crickets, and paw-less cats, and blue fairies. But you’re more...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 18

Poet, publisher, and most recently a proud “the all-new Cruze”-driver, Peter McDonald–en route from Salmon Arm to a poetry reading in Vancouver–told us many wonderful, brilliant things about suffering and hubris, diachronic/synchronic axes in ancient Greek poetry, Hector’s spurious courage, Montaigne’s love of Latin, and the horrid stench of Philoctetes’ wound…in post-production, however, we found...

Marilyn Bowering Introduces Elizabeth Ross Through a Window

Looking Through a Window Through a Mirror Tonight the sky—two glass panespushing blue into each other— blue the evening thinks of, turninginto itself before sleep. There’s not enough lightto separate the original. Whichshould I believe? Our bed’s navy melancholy,streaked sheets, smudges on pillows. The absence of your breathguiding mine to sleep. I’ll wait for the...

Jessi MacEachern on Lisa Robertson’s “She Has Smoothed Her Pants to No End”

She Has Smoothed Her Pants to No End (from Debbie: An Epic) This is the light Debbie steps into. Her toffeed flanks roll with greatness and sustenance in their sockets and her hearty hands bear the bruised sea. Mighty amazing beauty moves her and all the whirling majorettes are her marvellous squadron: their bare throats...

a.rawlings Introduces Joan Guenther in Time

JOAN GUENTHER’S “IN TIME” a.rawlings: In December 2010, I facilitated EAR KNOWS THROAT, a workshop for the Toronto New School of Writing held at the beautiful scholarly and antiquated bookseller OF SWALLOWS, their deeds, & the winter below. On the final day of the workshops, participants were invited to perform an erasure exercise on one...

“Feelings of helplessness drove me to fantastic and ridiculous extremes.”: Celyn Harding-Jones on Mei Mei Berssenbrugge’s “Four Year Old Girl”.

Four Year Old Girl 1 The “genotype” is her genetic constitution. The “phenotype” is the observable expression of the genotype as structural and bio-chemical traits. Genetic disease is extreme genetic change, against a background of normal vari-ability. Within the conventional unit we call subjectivity due to individual particulars, what is happening? She believes she is...

Daisy Fried Introduces Jeneva Stone, Female Parent

Jeneva Stone’s poems are domestic, political, colloquial and literary; I admire their range and intensity, their intelligence and lyricism, their alertness and rich uncertainty. Stone describes herself as “a poet, blogger, mother, editor, practical g/i nurse, interpreter of EOBs, queen of medical necessity letters, keeper of the family exchequer, unlicensed physical therapist, knowledgeable wheelchair mechanic.”...

Michael Chaulk on First Books

Damian Rogers’ Paper Radio I was once engaged in a cold war with myself. It’s much quieter now, but as with any conflict, things reverberate. The battle was fought with answers to the question What does it take to make a first book of poetry? So I guess it was always pretty quiet. But the...

Silver Car Sessions, Episode 16

King of the GBHB’s, Jason Dewinetz, snarls about writin’, book makin’, and the CBC.

A Paper City Built on Sand: Language and the Nominative Act in Nathalie Stephens’ “Paper City”

It is only fair that I am the young poet who gets the ball rolling with a response of my own before posting responses from the other young poets this month. I will be looking at a poem that has resonated with me since first encountering it in a class last year and has done...

Who Let the Pups Out?

Apologies for the horrible video linked in the title of the post but I needed a way to most immediately lower everyone’s expectations for what may come in the next month here on Lemon Hound. Now that you’re aware of the sort of guest editor in place we can move forward with the introduction proper....

Steph Colbourn speaks to Katrina Barton Best

SC: Congratulations, first off, for being the recipient of Best First Book for Canada and the Caribbean in the 25th edition of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. How does it feel to have all of this attention and positive feedback from your first collection of stories? Do you have any advice to give to other writers...

April on Lemon Hound

In celebration of National Poetry Month we have emerging poets, and soon to be emerging poets in the fact that they are, some of them, sophomores. We’ve invited a number of established Poets who teach to introduce a young poet they are excited about. We’ll feature those throughout the month. As well we have student reviews,...