Should poetry be a non-count noun? When it is a thing? There’s a poem. There, say. But it rarely being finished, when it is radically, substantially edited, when is it a second thing? When it becomes a story it ceases being a poem, probably. A book is a thing. It may be made of poems. How […]
Today at 7 PM At Pour Boy – 495 Somerset St W Ottawa 495 Somerset St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5J7 The Sawdust Reading Series is so excited to present Pearl Pirie and our newest contest winner, Robin McLachlen. Come out for a fantastic night of poetry, food, and great company. Don’t forget your poems […]
Upcoming Events Sun, Dec 6, 2015, 7:30pm: Hamilton’s Lit Live Homegrown Hamilton at the Sky Dragon Centre, a pub/café at 27 King William St. Readers: Donna Langevin of The Laundress of Time (Aeolus Press, 2015), Jonathan Ball of John Paisz’s Crime Wave (University of Toronto, 2014), Pearl Pirie of the pet radish, shrunken (BookThug, 2015), […]
How could you like that book? at NY Books Tim Parks says, although various authors are successful and competent, he cannot understand the attraction to some writing and how people commit to so many pages read. I buy a copy, and halfway through I toss it away, literally, at the wall, in intense irritation. How […]
Dang, and doing gender audit afterwards, almost all male. Drat. There are more photos of the day. You may all have seen the Ottawa small press photos I took. It’s all over again until next June. What new presses? What new titles? Which old friends will come again?
One can get good at vigorous effort of seeming to make good oratory sounds, movements of rise and denouement without having anything particularly compelling to another audience. One can write tight, clear and creative, but on a topic of no interest. Every utterance is an invitation to broaden interests. One can move one person to […]
AllLitUp haas posted a Writer’s Block Interview with me today. Check it out. Oh, all the albums of events — A B Series, photos from Authors from Indies Day at Beechwood, photos from Writers Fest, spring 2015, from Tree’s 35th anniversary party readings, from BookThug launches, from old computer of West Fest and writers fest […]
Friends of Petrie Island on Facebook has given an update on the poems put up at Petrie island as part of rout/e which I mentioned in October. The poems are put on stakes behind plexiglass in a park/recreation area. The idea is ephemeralness, to plant poetry in the wild for the wild and world to […]