Written vs Spoken

Can I peg a poet as written or spoken from a headshot? The performance with body on stage poet is more apt to get studio lighting, performance capture with expressive face and microphone. There’s more dynamic angles. The written poet disproportionally is outside, with grass, trees. Written poets are more likely to conceal their face […]

New Short Forms Workshops Coming In April

April 3-May 8, 2017, weekly on Mondays for 6 weeks. Haiku and other short forms: Haiku, senryu, short lyric, tanka, minimalism, one word poems, erasure poetry. Online, and in-person thru Studio Nouveau in Ottawa if there’s 6 people in person. The best of participant poems go into a phafours press chapbook. $200 for 12 hours. I […]

Books and Chapbooks read in 2016, part 2

Futher micronotes on what I completed in 2016. Taxi Cab Voice, an arrangement for Bill Hawkins by Neil Flowers (above/ground, 2016) — I liked the title poem Returning Two (Judith Copithorn, 1972) in search of the perfect loaf: a home baker’s odyssey by Samuel Fromartz (Viking/Penguin, 2014) — extensively obsessively researched, and such enthusiasm is […]

The Little Veggie That Could

Or might. the pet radish, shrunken is up for the Lampman. Winning book is announced this fall. The three finalists are: David Groulx, Wabi­goon River Poems (Neyaashi­inig­mi­ing, ON: Kege­donce Press, 2015) A fero­cious, eru­dite col­lec­tion cen­tred around an unflinch­ing epic poem, breath­tak­ing in its wide-rang­ing look at oppres­sion, rev­o­lu­tion, and sur­vival. Wabi­goon River Poems draws upon Indige­nous knowl­edge and tra­di­tions […]

Toronto Chapbook Launch

Words(on)Pages Chapbook spring launches, Toronto! April 20, 2016, 7-9pm, 6:30 door. That’s Upstairs at The Central, 603 Markham Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7 FB event page A triple launch: Brady Tighe’s debut chapbook, Bottling the Lead Singer of the Mountain Goats, Adam Zachary’s Bodies Vs. and Pearl Pirie’s An Ongoing Lack of Spontaneous Combustion,   An Ongoing Lack […]