A great show in Vancouver last night as part of the Push festival of perfoming arts – DJ Spooky performed, accompanied by a cellist and two violinists, an improvised soundtrack to Guy Debord’s 1973 situationalist film after his book, “Society of the Spectacle”. A pretty impressive work.
We lost a master. This hasn’t been a great year for keeping people on the planet…so join me in a toast to CD. Here’s her poem “Obscurity and Selfhood”.
Read more about her here.
Obscurity and Selfhood
from a college.
living by himself
kept his fighting cocks in plain sight. Each had its own tether and
miniature shed and dish with embossed sobriquet. Their domestication
reserved for battle before the table. Gallus gallus domesticus. A young
male, a cockerel, my husband’s patronymic before the adoption. Some hens
are disposed to poach another’s egg. Once there were teeth. Given certain
conditions they could come back. If not a full set. Even now a breathing hole
has to be pipped for the offspring to break out. This is done with an egg tooth.
Not a true tooth. Love among the chickens involves a circle dance. He is
a wonderful dancer. It goes straight to her brain. Before and after they prefer
to wash off in dust. Ashes will work if no dust. If they aren’t forced into shedding
one another’s blood, they can live until their heart gives out.
My question is this:
Would you describe yourself
as a wanderer, a friend of the court, amicus curiae, falsely construed as a snitch, a blue yodeler,
an apostate, a lost cause, a bird in the house, a biter, a common blogger, a contender, a purse
snatcher, a false witness, a palterer, a silkie, a backyarder, channeler
for malevolent spirits, girt in the loins, figure on a shard of black pottery, moderately active, a fog
machine, a visionary miserabilist, a chook or a cuckold, a roundhead, a little seditious, a slow-wave
sleeper, a dead mule, a gongorist, honey on the comb, half goat half god, a white throwback, crossed
with a mongrel, a genesis, a retired fighting
Thanks to Fran Bourassa and staff and organizers of LINES at Seymour Gallery in Deep Cove. A nice turnout and a talented bunch of artists to write towards / read alongside…
Pandora’s Collective Presents Twisted Poets Literary Salon:
Launch of “Make it True: Poetry from Cascadia” (Leaf Press, 2015)
Readings from the Anthology
There will be NO OPEN MIC on this night.
Host: Bonnie Nish
Daphne Marlatt, Robert Lashley, Paul Nelson, Thomas Walton, Judith Roche, Crystal Hurdle, Nadine Maestas, Anastacia Tolbert, Sarah de Leeuw, Hope Anderson, Susan McCaslin, George Stanley, Stephen Collis, Cath Morris, Jordan Abel, Meredith Quartermain, Renee Rodin, Heidi Greco, Lary Timewell, Renee Saklikar, Daniela Elza.
details are here:
Thanks to Rob Taylor, Diane Tucker and all the organizers at Dead Poets Reading series for a great time. Wonderful to hear insights and readings from Raoul Fernanades, Sheryl MacKay, and Sheryda Warrener. Good stuff. Look forward to the next.
Two poems from Cole Swensen in Boston Review:
The brilliant ongoing Dead Poets Reading Series takes flight for the new year at Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch on January 10th, 2016, from 3-5 PM. The reading will be hosted in the Alice MacKay Room, which is located one floor below the entry concourse (you can view a map here).
Robert Creeley (1926 – 2005), read by Mariner Janes
Sakutaro Hariwara (1886 – 1942), read by Sheryda Warrener
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882), read by Sheryl MacKay
C.K. Williams (1936 – 2015), read by Raoul Fernandes
Attendance is free. They start more-or-less on time, so come early to make sure you don’t miss out.
If you’ve never been to one of our readings, take a look around this website to get better acquainted with the series (including our format and history and photos from past events). And if you’d like regular updates from them about future readings, be sure to sign up for their mailing list.
Hope to see you on January 10th.
Further details are here.
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Join Anvil Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, Greystone, New Star Books, Talonbooks and the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia as we merge into a festive megazord for our fourth annual holiday hootenanny at Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse!
Come enjoy snacks, drinks, and holiday cheer from 5-9pm.
There will also be a fine selection of books available for sale.
Festive frocks & sparkly attire (tinsel tuxedo anyone?) are both welcome and encouraged.
“One woman wrote to her: We have so much in common, it’s like we’re meant to be, can I see a photograph? Laura had deleted the message in a panic, the sounds of Mallory showering after her ride home coming from the bathroom. Mallory had loved her cycle commute across two bridges and along the river. Now driving those bridges Laura looks straight ahead, the bike lane a hard margin against her eyes. The yellow backs with silver stripes. Each one is Mallory.”
-from THE PERSON YOU WANT TO SEE, Alex Leslie
Brilliant fiction from Lex Leslie now up on The Rusty Toque. Get at it.