Archive for June, 2005

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west coast lai

June 29, 2005

West Coast Line editors Glen Lowry and Rita Wong have fashioned their most recent issue in the image of sci-fi novelist and poet Larissa Lai. Glen and Rita asked colleagues of Larissa’s to submit work to the issue, and i’m pleased as punch to’ve shared an excerpt from Wide slumber for lepidopterists (from “Parasomnia: Somniloquy”). Larissa’s When FOX is a thousand has had me hot and bothered for over seven years; it’s one of the top canadian books i loan to friends and acquaintances.

what are your top cdn loaners?
has anyone *seen* the new issue of WCL yet? i’m antsy for a copy.

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start screaming

June 29, 2005

the scream literary festival kicks off this evening with Eye Scream III, a collision of text and visual art. curator daccia bloomfield mismatches artist statements with artists to breed new work. featuring artistic intrigue by local phenoms katy mcgown, beth learn, sharon harris, and others.

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ambergris march

June 28, 2005

bjork and matthew barney breed luscious curiosity with drawing restraint 9. bonus: tanya tagaq lends her throat singing to pearl!!! curiouser and curiouser…

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digging roots

June 28, 2005

last night, we filmed the performance segments of two episodes for heart of a poet. kateri akiwenzie-damm and rudyard fearon were the subjects. i first encountered kateri’s work a few years ago in a course on native canadian literatures; her poem stray bullet (oka re/vision) impressed me with its clarity of image and politics. i later found out that kateri collaborated with joy harjo (poet and saxophonist) on kateri’s standing ground (a spoken word and triphop-esque music mix). this excited me, as i’ve been a fan of harjo’s she had some horses since i was fifteen.

kateri’s performance yesterday was accompanied by raven kanatakta on guitar, ryan on stand-up bass, and al bee on drums. at times sensuous, at times political, and all-around funky, the poetry and music improv were a delightful mix for a snoozy june evening. raven’s a genuine, charismatic performer, and al bee’s warmth had me bewitched from the moment we met. very cool to be introduced to an excellent band while at work; i hope to check out this group (known as the cleverly-named digging roots) sometime soon with frontwoman shoshana kish.

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blert

June 17, 2005

last winter, NewStar published Jordan Scott’s first collection of poems, Silt. Silt‘s a good read, and Jordan’s a fantastic poet with a flair for captivating performance. lexiconjury had the good fortune of Jordan onstage for a reading in January 2005, and the scream literary festival is gearing up to have Jordan on its high park mainstage july 11th.

Silt is fine and dandy, but i’m oozing with anticipation for blert. blert is Jordan’s current project, an energetic bumpy ride of a manuscript focusing on the poetics of the stutter. still in draft stages, i’ve had the good fortune to be a reader for this text on a few occasions, and IT’S A STUNNER. i can’t wait for this text to be publicly available. a short excerpt from blert will appear in this fall’s anthology Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, edited by derek beaulieu, Jason Christie, and me). beyond this, i predict blert will be snapped up by a lucky press VERY quickly.

there are a handful of other as-yet-unpublished manuscripts that i wish i could help usher into public space. these include
–> Indefinite Sweat by Jason Le Heup, a pornographic text made curious and alien through multiple translation procedures
–> Another Word for Pirate Treasure, or, The Booty by Jill Hartman, a manuscript housing a line tattooed on my brain: “The language we use is the language we desire.”
–> The Robot Suite by Jason Christie, prose poems with wires and teeth and unbridled curiosity for the lyric through android eyes
–> Cara Hedley’s novel about women’s hockey; this should have been offered a publishing contract, like, yesterday
–> Brea Burton’s debut collection of poetry, air-tight innuendo-heavy poems about piracy and sexuality

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for dads who kept bees

June 15, 2005

Wide slumber for lepidopterists is dedicated to dads who kept bees, Stu Rawlings and Walter Ceolin.

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frogments

June 15, 2005

an excited yelp this afternoon: i’m through my third editorial pass of frogments from the frag pool by gary barwin and derek beaulieu, a fantastic book of poems riffing, translating, and revisiting matsuo basho’s famous frog/pond/plop haiku. the collaborators are contagiously playful in their experiments, which they balance with pockets of epiphany and seriously delightful scholarship; i’m quite excited for this book to meet readers… and excited for beauwin barlieu to receive the third pass!

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