Thursday, May 08, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
As part of the promotion for bp: beginnings (and for Etc Phrases) I responded to Open Book Toronto's request for a description of my writing space. The original article can be found here, and I've included a larger photo of the space above, taken by the amazing Sharon Harris.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Very excited to receive copies of bp: beginnings this week. It looks great and, as it's been the focus of my academic research for the last year, it's very satisfying to see all that sweat materialized into print.
From the backcover:
bp: beginnings brings together bpNichol's pre-Martyrology materials in one comprehensive collection, including such key texts as Nichol's first chapbooks Beach Head and Cycles Etc., the minimal lyric sequences of The Other Side of the Room and JOURNEYING & the returns, and various concrete and sound texts such as Lament, The Year of the Frog, and Ballads of the Restless Are. These collected sequences show Nichol developing his talents in both visual poetry and lyricism, pointing the way towards the union of the two forms in the later Martyrology. Combined with The Captain Poetry Poems (published by BookThug in 2011), bp: beginnings now makes all of Nichol's major poetry sequences available to both the avid Nichol specialists and to aficionados of innovative poetry everywhere.
You can order the book directly from BookThug here. It's also available as an ebook (a first for me!)
And there's also the Toronto launch on April 15th, where I'll be doing a roundtable discussion about Nichol's work with Brian Dedora and Lola Tostevin (moderated by Greg Betts). Info on that night here.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, October 04, 2013
My nine year old son is a book-hound like his old man, so we often spend weekends perusing used book stores and thrift stores. This week at Goodwill I picked up several books that I felt I needed for my collection, but that I doubt I'll ever read cover to cover (ex. the Norton collected edition of Shelley's poetry and prose, a nice Faber and Faber edition of The Alexandria Quartet). Among the stacks of Life of Pi and The Sentimentalists, however, I was surprised to find a Green Integer book. Stephen Ratcliffe's SOUND/ (system) is relatively obscure, even among GI books, so it was really quite miraculous to find this collection of poetry north of St. Clair in Toronto.
More surprising, when I flipped through it I found that someone had begun to use the book as the basis for a treated text, with the first 30 or so pages covered with ink sketchings and quotations in a fashion somewhat similar to A Humument. The creator seemed to know what s/he was doing and was informed of the tradition, as the treated section contains quotes from Wallace Stevens and Hopkins's "Pied Beauty". There was also the irony that Ratcliffe's text is itself a found collection, based on the letters of Henry James. Judging by the confidence of the drawing, I'd hazard that the creator is more a visual artist who is playing with textuality, rather than a poet branching out into visual poetics, but I could be wrong.
Any Toronto-based poet or artist willing to own up to this cool creation?
[Scans by the wonderful Sharon Harris]