I’ll join Greg Kearney, Tamai Kobayashi, Dwayne Morgan, Steve Venright, and Zoe Whittall to read erotic texts as part of Dirty Laundry, a reading curated by Louise Bak as part of the Explicit Fantastic exhibition. The reading is scheduled for 7pm at Hollywood Coin Lounge, 180 Ossington Ave., Toronto.
Archive for October, 2008
The fourth and final instalment of Eiríkur Örn’s sound-poetry radio show, Kallfæri, features work by Dokaka, The Four Horsemen, W. Mark Sutherland, Beth Anderson, Christian Bök, and me. It’s available online in its entirety.
I’ll join J.R. Carpenter, Darren Bifford, Michelle Sterling, and Rebecca Silver Slayter at Montréal’s Pilot Reading Series this Sunday, October 26th (Bar Blizzarts, 3956A St. Laurent, 9pm). I plan to debut a new suite called ljóðapoems. Já, oui, yes!
Björk has released her new single, Náttúra, today to raise awareness on the Náttúra Campaign. Lots of info on this Icelandic campaign is available here. The song is downloadable from iTunes, and proceeds from sales go to supporting the campaign. You can listen to a preview here.
The song is fierce, book-ended by ecological recordings of explosive surf and stuffed with gritty drums (courtesy of phenom Brian Chippendale). Thom Yorke provides siren-like backing vocals to Björk’s call-to-act. The results are electric, urgent.
I live in a bustling Toronto market where, daily, reggae is cranked by local stores. From 11am to 7pm, my home is soundpapered with positive revolutions from the neighbourhood DJs (and frequently the same songs are played over and over and over and…). The current market favourite is Cocoa Tea’s “Barack Obama.” (OBAMA!!)
Robert Bringhurst’s stunning new hardcover on typography, The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada (CCSP, 2008), includes a spread of pages from Wide slumber for lepidopterists. The Surface of Meaning features an essay on book design, another essay tracing indigenous languages in Canada and their eventual transition to print, and many full-colour images from books published across the country. Some that caught my eye include Soul Arrow by bill bissett, Rural Night Catalogue by Michael deBeyer, The Soft Signature by Lise Downe, Apikoros Sleuth by Robert Majzels, Truth: A Book of Fictions by bpBichol, tengo sed by Shane Rhodes, Debbie: An Epic by Lisa Robertson, and the always bewitching Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock.
Tonight, I’ll participate in a few Toronto Nuit Blanche activities, including The Element Choir (Queen’s Park, 7-9pm), Fantasia Salon (St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10:30pm), and Shh Aah Ohh (Lennox Gallery, all night, part of the CFC New Media Lab). Soundtastic!
Sina Queyras invited me to write a “How Poems Work” guest blog on Donato Mancini’s visual poetry, and the result is accessible on her Lemon Hound blog!
Tregawött’s new issue features a handful of poems using Icelandic, composed by international writers who likely aren’t (yet) fluent in the language. The section is curated by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl. A table of contents:
a.rawlings – Maður hittir Eðli
Marko Niemi – Ljóðsvig og Goshver
Hugh Thomas – forsetningar
Gary Barwin – Skalla-Grimr
Projektet Anonyme Breve – Fjögur kvæði
derek beulieu – ljóð á íslensku
Jon Høyer – „Hestur minn íslenskur…“