Saturday, January 30, 2010
I've been a fan of Rob Budde's writing since reading his intriguing novel The Dying Poem (2002), and have continued to follow his poetry and experiments with prose poems over the years. I was also honoured to spend some time with him as a guest in his creative writing class at the University of Northern British Columbia 2007, and still have wonderful memories of being introduced to the diverse and dynamic Prince George writing community through Rob's efforts. Thus I was happy to be invited by BookThug to help edit Declining America, a new collection of Rob's poetry. It's Rob's most assured and challenging writing yet, deploying a range of forms to explore the concept of America as a linguistic construction. While displaying an affinity for late KSW poetics-- particularly as expressed by writers like Jeff Derksen and Kevin Davies--Rob, having been born in the U.S., brings an insider's perspective to his critique of American ideological formations while maintaining his ex-centricity as a northern B.C. poet. Well worth checking out.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I was the coordinator of the 2007-2008 series which included visits from Christian Bok, a. rawlings, Heather O'Neill, Karen Hines, Steven Heighton, RM Vaughan, and many others. Running the series meant that I also operated the video camera on the evenings of the readings (when I remembered to charge the camera's batteries--which is why George Elliott Clarke's wonderful performance is missing from the archive).
I was invited to read at the series a few years before I hosted, and my reading (primarily from American Standard/ Canada Dry) and Q&A is also up here.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
- Eunoia (Christian Bok, 2001)
- Seven Pages Missing Vols. 1 & 2 (Steve McCaffery, 2000)
- Transnational Muscle Cars (Jeff Derksen, 2003)
- The Weather (Lisa Robertson, 2001)
- Performance Bond (Wayde Compton, 2004)
- Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person (Eirin Moure, 2001)
- Un (Dennis Lee, 2003)
- Spiral Agitator (Steve Venright, 2000)
- Wide Slumber for Lepidopterists (a. rawlings, 2006)
- Forage (Rita Wong, 2007)
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Gulch: An Assemblage of Poetry and Poetry, is a great new anthology of innovative writing recently published by Tightrope Books. Most of the contributors are associated with York University in some way, including some members of the infamous SPAY collective. The editors seem quite taken with the theories of Deleuze and Guattari, and this is reflected in the rhizomatic layout of the collection and the idiosyncratic selections. Refreshing, bursting with energy, and well worth a look. I contribute a short prose piece from my ongoing project N.
Be sure to also check out Steel Bananas, the webzine that the editors of Gulch publish monthly.