“…when your nipples become harder than your life…” – shane koyczan
yesterday was rambunctious. in a good way. last night, i took part in the inaugural event for the calgary international spoken word festival. jason christie, jon paul fiorentino, and i launched our books. i love those guys; consummate readers, wonderful texts. the calgary literary scene is quite remarkable, and the supportive enthusiasm was palpable throughout the featured set and the open mic. speaking of the latter, i was happily surprised by the open mic. each time i’ve been in calgary, i’ve wanted to hear what everyone else is writing, but there’s never been ample time. it was great to hear voices familiar and new to me, including emily elder, laurie fuhr, ryan fitzpatrick, christian bok, jordan nail, and shane koyczan.
oh yeah: according to ‘tino, last night i was the sina of calgary. what an amazing title to have!
the calgary crew gifted the book launchers prezzies yesterday. we gave ‘tino a FRESHMAKER shirt, in honour of his dose magazine appearance. we gave jason a metrosexual kit (including nair for men, clear nail enamel, tweezers, emory boards, and a vitamin-A enriched cream). i received a purple waterproof massage wand (since everyone’s aware how much i miss conor and his wonderful, uh, footrubs… in the bath…).
wish i could stay longer in calgary. each visit is never long enough. i’m quite eager to collaborate with jill hartman; our collaboration will inevitably take place over e-mail, but it’d be so nice to sit around in person and discuss writing and play with texts. if only i had five more days and a visit to banff in the interim…
in my dream this morning, i flew to winnipeg for a mercurial engagement, then returned to calgary for tonight’s reading. calgary became san francisco, and huge waves doused seaside interstates as we drove along them. when we merged onto the golden gate bridge, i became emotional, childhood nostalgia washing over me. a wolf stood on the water’s surface, in the shadow of a bridge support. two porpoises sped underwater to meet our car, surfacing to satisfy our mutual curiosities. on the other end of the bridge, french-canadian reserves grappled down ropes to a base underneath the bridge. we stopped the car. we spent the night. in the morning, one man had been murdered: chopped. an amorphous and amorous swede followed me through the dream.
it is warm in calgary and i read with derek, jason, and ‘tino tonight @ the carpenter’s hall.