this week’s reading-aloud list is comprised of works-in-progress and works-seeking-publication.
tuesday: my body’s physically inhabited by jordan scott’s blert; his ryerson reading featured new poem “fable” with its zebra-finches beating aggressive will-not statements into the ears of its witnesses. also at ryerson, mark truscott’s new project thoughts commingling forces paired five-line ten-word poems in minute columns, the stacks of letters magnifying letterforms and semantics. aaron tucker’s project spiralled a list of everyday familiarity and made me curious: what’s his interest/relationship to the spiral?
wednesday: at test, zong! by m. nourbese philip recounted haunting stories that cannot be told but must be told through erasure and pseudo-anagrammatic poems while archaic torso of someone by hugh thomas featured a healthy serving of “dishonest translation.”
for my part, i’m knee-deep in another project. the working title has been environment canada, but a paradigm shift in the project’s retitled it, for the time being, as cleavage and fracture. project’s processing issues of possession, ownership, economy of language, reusability, sustainability, recycling, reduction, climate change, human impact on environment, etc. i wandered through december and january considering pronoun usage, knowing this will play a major role in the work and jamming on how it fits. i had a nice collusion of thought last week, which resulted in a poem with two working titles (what’s up with this project breeding multiple working titles?): “signs of whom” or “signs of possession.”
and now to read more…