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Monthly archive June, 2012

The Allen Ginsberg Project: Mind Mouth & Page – 23 (Pound and the Vernacular)

So Pound, being a great scholar, went to find all the parallels in history where there was a transition from an official, or archaic, or classical, prosody and tongue and language to a popular language. There are other times in history when this has happened, and those have been times of great growth and creation...

Feminist Boot Camp #301: Don’t Fear Criticism

The veiled insult. The I can’t find anything wrong with this book, but it stinks, so I’ll pepper it with backhanded compliments. I’ll show those people who can really write (i.e. me, the reviewer, not this lame duck poet). When people speak about negative criticism I am always a little cautious about responding. I’m never...

If it walks like apocalypse: Dennis Lee’s Testament

This morning I awoke to some heavy rhymes. I caught only the last two lines: And we plan about snacks and not washing our hands/ And the letter J. and he understands. The he, in this instance, is a worm: my partner was reading Dennis Lee’s Garbage Delight to our 8 month-old twins. I did not grow up...

Sue Goyette: Outskirts

from “aquifers,”  two Gathering is important because the human voice taps our agricultural roots  and constructs a subdivision of voice that affects the heart of our supplies. Any kind of concert is really useful because it helps us sing our need. Just how long must we sing? Study the aquifer of joy! Especially laughing, that...

What we, in Canada, have come to think is a review worthy of publication

Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics Kate Eichhorn and Heather Milne, eds. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-55245-221-9, 407 pp., $29.95 paper. Prismatic Publics is an excellently conceived and executed collection of interviews and poetry, but it is also seriously flawed. Okay, so we start out with the book is “excellently conceived and...

2012: Lemon Hound Anoints HorseE

Stolid Lemon Hound in praise of the radical HorseE.BY lemon Hound If I were driven to name one individual who, in the English language, by means of his own examples of creative art in poetry, has done most of living men to incite new impulses in poetry, the chances are I would name HorseE. This statement...

Feminist Boot Camp #94: Think Before You Write

Believe in content. Behave like you invented it. Surface is surface. Your emotion is not interesting in and of itself. The shape of feeling is a useful outpouring. What is a vessel but a line with wheels? The letters piled up and the men began talking. No one could agree who came first. There was...

Feminist Boot Camp #71: Know When To Leave

No, your Daddy doesn’t want you to move on.

Feminist Boot Camp #89: Know Your Materials

–Eva Hesse’s Materials As Woolf said, words fail us. Words fail us because they are so common. Because they have been the mouths of generations before us. And now around us. Everyone sucking on them. People you admire and people you wouldn’t think to share a common language with. But you do. Words, common as...

On the Ethics of the Negative Review

Ah, Jan Zwicky. Someone I would like to hear more from, more often and in various venues. Anne Carson too for that matter–but she seems unwilling to comment on anything, not even her own career, which has been impressive and of course, subject to great suspicion on the part of fellow Canadian poets–didn’t one critic...

Feminist Boot Camp #27 Let Your Poem Go

She let her poem go. It slid down the blue wave into the sandbox of the afternoon. It fraternized on the street with young people drinking wine and sporting revolutionary symbols. It went out into dark corners and hid in the minds of sad animals, reawakened only when the light came up and the garbage...

What a Little Pie Can Do For You…

Thanks to Gillian Jerome and the women who have signed on to CWILA for the sharp visuals that tell a story we all know to well: the number of women reviewing and being reviewed in the most mainstream and the most staunchly literary venues in Canada, like the US is shockingly low. Here’ a visual...

Feminist Boot Camp # 193: Marina Abramović, On Being Out of Control Emotionally & Physically

Sacrifice the body. A friend who coached soccer used to say this. She also said, nail it well the first time. Or, perhaps I am saying that she said that. No one thought she was a she because she wore a tool belt. She sacrificed the body for her work. Pass it on. Sacrifice the...

While The Babies Slept: A Study In Green While Walking After a Storm on the Plateau

PANTONE 185C: A Poem from Jon Paul Fiorentino

There is a mostly red, cylindrical ashtray. Right there. On a picnic table. Concentrate. It is mostly empty. You will notice there is one half-smoked cigarette in it. A Viceroy. The red ashtray on the picnic table is in the park and so are you. Does the ashtray belong to someone? No. It did but...

Quebec protest: the writing is on the wall

Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Plateau

Feminist Boot Camp #77: Stick With Your Sisters

Particularly if they can rock out and change rhythms on a dime…

Feminist Boot Camp 43: HIt a Bass Line & Hold Hit

Taste Of Honey, Boogie Oogie Oogie 1978 Kind of a one hit wonder, these ladies, but what a great album that was. Tale end of disco when just about every riff had been wrung out of the beats…but they found something. These ladies are still at it.

Feminist Boot Camp #6

When in doubt, dance. Dress for it. Work it. Have fun with it. Seriously. If I got my hands on this outfit I would have to write the poems that would go along with reading in it…oh, I think I have a project…