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Monthly archive November, 2012
George Murray: Whiteout

George Murray: Whiteout

George Murray’s Whiteout is a book about those moments when life’s curve balls, whether pivotal or minor, make you reconsider the decisions you’ve made, and where they have led you: a snowflake lands on your eyelash and blurs the scene; stretching the instant an instant longer, slurring outer and inner worlds. The opening poem, “Dante’s...
D.A. Powell: Three Poems

D.A. Powell: Three Poems

To see the next poem click on the poem. D. A. Powell’s books include Cocktails and Chronic, both finalists for the Publishing Triangle and National Book Critics Circle Awards. His honors include a Pushcart Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for...
Don Share: Four Poems

Don Share: Four Poems

  Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine.  His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Bunting’s work for Faber and Faber. His translations...
Lise Downe's "This Way"

Lise Downe’s “This Way”

An old wooden sign points both left and right – on it written ‘THIS WAY.’ The cover of Lise Downe’s most recent book is cleverly a sign, both literally [a signpost] and figuratively [semiotics], a symbol for language poetry, that is, a poetry that resists any definitive meaning. Working as both clue and caution, THIS...
Two from Derek Beaulieu's "No Press"

Two from Derek Beaulieu’s “No Press”

If you aren’t aware, Derek Beaulieu is a prolific artist who is extremely active within multiple art communities. No surprise then that his newest chapbook imprint No Press is just pumping out the jewels. What really makes No Press special is that Beaulieu curates work from big names and less big names he thinks [and...
Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

Candice Maddy en conversation avec / with Steve Giasson

J’aurais envie de répondre comme Warhol : « ...I realized that everything I was doing must have been Death. » La mort m’obsède, mais je ne peux pas dire qu’elle « m’intéresse ». J’aime cette histoire de Freud qui raconte qu’il y a longtemps, un roi britannique, atterré par la mort de sa femme,...

The Poneme: Elliptical Machines

Darcie Dennigan runs a reading series in Providence, and a couple of years ago I bumped into my old friend Leeore on the street outside the bar that hosts the readings. Leeore, a musician and novelist, had the elegant good fortune to attend acting camp with Darcie years before. He must have recently discovered her...
Josef Kaplan: From Democracy Is Not For The People

Josef Kaplan: From Democracy Is Not For The People

Josef Kaplan looks right into the contradictory combustions of our Occupy/Poetry Renaissance moment and sits in the difficult questions. The ones poetry, for all it’s general puffery around speaking truths, rarely has guts not to only to ask, but contemplate. He’s obviously not writing to find his way into the New Yorker. He’s writing to...
Panning for Gold: The Fate of Short Fiction in a Novelistic World

Panning for Gold: The Fate of Short Fiction in a Novelistic World

I was recently sent a self-published collection of stories. The author of this collection had published previously, and been reviewed favourably. The new collection had been submitted to numerous publishers, I was told, but although the reaction to the quality of the writing was generally positive, no one was willing to publish the book, because...
Helen Guri's "Match"

Helen Guri’s “Match”

Robert Brand is no Superstar Ken doll, but rather an emotionally challenged middle-ager who buys into the lyrics of the “Barbie Girl” song that when “life is plastic, it’s fantastic.” Brand literally likes his women in silicone — his bag is a life-size Barbie ordered over the internet, meant to fulfill his amatory needs.  (When...

Daniel Zomparelli: Ermahgerd Perertry or How to Build a Language Overnight

I’ve been a longtime proponent of pop-culture and memes. This gets me into a lot of debates that a poet shouldn’t get into. Debating Ludacris’ lyrics as sound poetry may not end up being the highlight of my poetic career, but I still stick to that argument (if you would like to hear that argument,...
Chris Kraus: On The Matter of Grad School

Chris Kraus: On The Matter of Grad School

Throughout my 20s I lived in New York and never once thought about applying to grad school. Grad school, at the time, seemed to be for people who were not really intending to become artists. I knew all the artists. I even studied with some. But the tuition–sometimes cash money, more often intangible–never passed through...

Donato Mancini’s “You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence”

Donato Mancini’s “You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence” is a book about writing about poetry. There is an ideology lurking unspoken in the practice of reviewing poetry in Canada, it claims, and it sets about to reveal it. And it does, more or less. In the end an ideology stands revealed, one...
An Abandonded Prologue to Pasha Malla's "People Park"

An Abandonded Prologue to Pasha Malla’s “People Park”

This was my first attempt, after months of drawing maps and filling notebooks, at writing an overview of the city in People Park. I’d intended to use it as a prologue to the book, an initial sketch of the city’s geography to orient the reader. But then I wondered if the novel might be better...
Ange Mlinko: Polymer Sonnets

Ange Mlinko: Polymer Sonnets

Ange Mlinko’s poetry collections include Starred Wire and Shoulder Season, both available from Coffee House Press. Her forthcoming book, Marvelous Things Overheard, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next fall.
Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

Motherhood in the Work: An Inte[re]view of Montreal Visual Artist Frédérique Ulman-Gagné

I was trying to work in the house and I had a very young child that was always beside me and naturally he started picking up the paints. I would move my paintings higher so that he could not access them, but he would climb on a chair and he would always attack the painting...
Mathew Henderson: Migrant

Mathew Henderson: Migrant

Mathew Henderson is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA program. Originally from Prince Edward Island, he now lives in Toronto, writes about the prairies and teaches at Humber College. Migrant is from The Lease, Coach House 2012. Click on the poem to see the next poem…      
Statues and Drones: A Review of Public Figures by Jena Osman

Statues and Drones: A Review of Public Figures by Jena Osman

How come there are no right wing poets actively working today? There must be a few out there somewhere, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across one. I wondered about this while reading Public Figures by Jena Osman since, even though there is no real mention of her political position anywhere within the book,...
Kate Zambreno's "Heroines"

Kate Zambreno’s “Heroines”

Reading Heroines, I kept thinking of Jane Tompkins’ essay “Me and My Shadow,” and the relief I felt upon discovering it as a disillusioned student. Tompkins, writing in the late eighties, speaks of her frustration with the ‘false split’ in her self, a split deemed necessary to separate a public, academic self from a woman...

Ange Mlinko: Discipline

For several years after I had my second child, I stopped looking in mirrors. What I found in my reflection could not easily be remedied. When I visited my two younger sisters, once or twice a year, I was unprepared for their altered contours: burgeoning bellies and hips and upper arms. It was inescapable. We...
What Are You Working On, Jonathan Ball?

What Are You Working On, Jonathan Ball?

The following excerpts are from Jonathan Ball’s work-in-progress, The Politics of Knives. from “PSYCHO” But mother, we like her. She skins so beautiful, she showers for us clean. from “IN VITRO CITY” in vitro city, protestors are not welcome. the riot police are not welcome. former members of the regime are not welcome. troops are...
Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress, "Polyamorous Love Song." By Jacob Wren

Excerpt from the Novel-in-Progress, “Polyamorous Love Song.” By Jacob Wren

Polyamorous Love Song: a Short Synopsis Polyamorous Love Song is a novel Jacob Wren has been working on for many years now. It is a book of many different narrative through-lines. For example: 1) A mysterious group, known as The Mascot Front, who wear furry mascot costumes at all times and are fighting a revolutionary...
Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s "Between Dusk and Night"

Wilding the Domestic: Emily McGiffin’s “Between Dusk and Night”

  Patrick Lane, quoted on the back of the volume, is “undone” by Emily McGiffin. Undone – interesting to consider this word as a descriptor when the collection’s final poem, “Swadeshi” which charts the process of weaving a wool sweater, is merely one instance of McGiffin’s interest here in what’s made of the rags of...

The Resonance of Things: Jan Zwicky’s “Forge”

I begin my review of Jan Zwicky’s sonorous Forge with some echolocations—that is, intertextual bricolaging—with excerpts from texts that intersect with the sonic undulations present in Forge. Zwicky’s work welcomes such a reading as her own poetry—including her philosophical texts: Wisdom and Metaphor and Lyric Philosophy—are resonantly interwoven together in polyvocal relation to an archive...
On Beauty: Sonnet L'Abbé

On Beauty: Sonnet L’Abbé

Welcome to On Beauty, a series of interviews with poets about their relationship to beauty. For a complete introduction to the project, see the Lemon Hound post published September 21, 2012: Poets On Beauty. The interviews begin here, in volume II of Lemon Hound, with Sonnet L’Abbé. L’Abbé has written two books of poetry, both published by M&S, and featured in Lemon Hound’s homepage...