Reading tonight at Word Whips in the Gallery

timreadsThis is gonna be great!

Looking forward to reading alongside veterans and talented folks like Kevin Spenst and Timothy Shay at this event.  There’s a link below to see the art that the poets will be responding to as well.  See you there.

The details:

Thursday June 16, 7:00-9:00pm Free admission
Word Whips in the Gallery
To accompany “Berlin Identities” by Ira Hoffecker
Music: Kempton Dexter
Poets: Mariner Janes, Deborah L. Kelly, Kevin Spenst, Timothy Shay, Suzy Malcolm
Host: Bonnie Nish

There will be an open mic time when members of the audience will be given an opportunity to write and then read poems they have written that relate to the exhibition.

Presented by the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in collaboration with Pandora’s Collective and the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library. Made possible by the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant


Berlin Identities
An exhibition by Ira Hoffecker

Opening reception Th Jun 2, 7:00-9:00pm
Artist in attendance | Free admission
Exhibit continues to Jul 3, 2016

Click to view selected artwork…

My paintings are informed by the different identities cities take on over a period of time.
I am interested in how different societies transform and change city spaces over the course of the centuries. My work examines the relationships between people and cities by responding to constant change, reconstruction and restoration in the urban landscape.
Decay, erasure, covering, revealing and rebuilding take place at the same time and are part of my painting practice. I see my process of covering as a metaphor of forgetting and suppressing the past. The process of revealing and sanding the surface down alludes to a process of remembering.

http://www.irahoffecker.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/512609198939087

Talonbooks Spring Launch!

talonTalonbooks Spring 2016 Poetry Launch is celebrating new works by Jordan Abel, bill bissett, Clint Burnham, Weyman Chan, and Carl Peters. (Weyman Chan is coming in from Calgary and bill bissett from Toronto!)

The poets will read from their brand-new books. Drinks and snacks will be served. Books will be available!

Doors open at 7:30 PM. Readings start at 8:00 with Carl Peters, Clint Burnham, and Jordan Abel, followed by a break, and then Weyman Chan and bill bissett. And Stephen Collis will host!

Free. All are welcome!

Details here.

See you there.

m.

 

Vancouver Poetry Crawl Rules!

What a day.  I couldn’t make all the events, but those that I did were, without exception, very talented folks.  Geoff Nilson read from his new chapbook We Have to Look, Shannon Rayne read several published pieces, Elee Kraljii Gardiner read from her brand-spankin new book, Serpentine Loop (out now from Anvil), and Jennifer Zilm read from her new book Waiting Room (BookThug).  We were also treated to new poems from Leah Horlick, and Cecily Nicholson took over Artspeak with her phenomenal poems and voice.  Already looking forward to next year, and hoping that organizer Kevin Spenst is doing well after a health scare…

xoxo

m.

Jack Spicer.

spicer“Imagine Lucifer . . .”

Imagine Lucifer
An angel without angelness
An apple
Plucked clear by will of taste, color,
Strength, beauty, roundness, seed
Absent of all God painted, present everything
An apple is.
Imagine Lucifer
An angel without angelness
A poem
That has revised itself out of sound
Imagine, rhyme, concordance
Absent of all God spoke of, present everything
A poem is.
                            The law I say, the Law
Is?
What is Lucifer
An emperor with no clothes
No skin, no flesh, no heart
An emperor!
-Jack Spicer

Robert Creeley

CreeleyThis man rarely leaves my mind, or my pen.  As I work towards an understanding (read: impossibility of grasping air) of how remembering works, and with my mother’s fading memory, this poem cuts into my mind and leaves its own stones.

 

“I Keep to Myself Such Measures…”

I keep to myself such
measures as I care for,
daily the rocks
accumulate position.

There is nothing
but what thinking makes
it less tangible. The mind,
fast as it goes, loses

pace, puts in place of it
like rocks simple markers,
for a way only to
hopefully come back to

where it cannot. All
forgets. My mind sinks.
I hold in both hands such weight
it is my only description.

Real Vancouver Writers Series this Friday!

real vancReal Vancouver Writers’ Series returns in 2016 with our annual anniversary showcase on Friday February 26th at Chinatown’s The Playground (thisopenspace) located at 434 Columbia Street in Vancouver’s DTES.

The showcase is also coinciding with Freedom to Read Week and we’re happy to partner with this great organization to reaffirm our commitment to making terrible jokes and slurry proclamations, or, um, intellectual freedom, as it is guaranteed to all Canadians under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We take our jokes seriously and we hope you won’t laugh.

The stellar line-up includes:

Chelene Knight, author of Braided Skin, Mother Tongue Publishing.
Billeh Nickerson, author of Artificial Cherry, Arsenal Pulp Press.
Rahat Kurd, author of Cosmophilia, Talon Books.
Annelyse Gelman, author of Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone, published independently.
Beni Xiao, author of poems and things as yet uncollected and released upon the world.
Billie Livingston, author of The Crooked Heart of Mercy, published by Penguin Random House of Canada.

So take that cold and indifferent grip of winter!

As always admission to the event is by donation and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Real Vancouver Writers’ Series is a volunteer-run independent non-profit society that produces 4 to 6 events a year showcasing the work of writers from Vancouver and beyond. We provide a welcome and convivial atmosphere to enjoy great writing and great people together in one room.

And there’s always books and beer.