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Pearl Pirie’s book lists, interviews, event write-ups, poems and more.


Meta-post not on Meta

I’m steering away from Twitter and FB to the degree I can. I do like Instagram tho. Even if it is owned by Meta. I don’t like ads parroting back to me a commercial version of what I’ve said. Terribly annoying.

I’ve given up on MeWe since it didn’t build steam. I’m on Blue Sky, and here obviously. It’s kinda nice to rebuild networks with a fresh start.

On FB I added people where there ended up being no to and fro. I only see when it’s their BD and that seems like a bad time to unfriend an unknown person. I suppose it’s time for another cleaning. It seems one should know more people. It also seems there’s only a couple hundred people at most one could reasonable expect to connect to in any way.

Anyway, I made a chatty post over at Patreon of life and lit.

And I talk about the small press fair happening tomorrow, and fairs in general, over at Substack.

Hope you’ll poke a nose over there. Don’t forget to email, I mean, if you know me.

Fair’s fair

Ottawa small press fair is this Saturday, Nov 18th noon to 5pm. Tom Brown Arena, not the usual place. I’ll be there with never-seen chapbooks and maybe-you-missed-them chapbooks. Brownies if I feel particularly ambitious, which seems an outside chance at this point.

Thanks to Jeff Blackman for postering and the photo.

New chapbook: cento

We scrawl our likenesses by Pearl Pirie, a cento of Phil Hall poems and interviews.
One variation of the inside cover. Others with wasp hive ribbon.

error is character

to try to widen down into 
joy’s great escape

doubt is bad if it forces upon us     the silence of closure.
fold within green fold my doubt

I am lost    my only anchor / dither  dither as dubious power
nope — malarkey — enoughhere goes

to have had to be 60 to say in a poem the abuser’s name

let us proceed   Friend     with a reckless    invite
& making fun   of both of us

I am overcome & rejuvenated by imbalance – complexity
it blocks out the constant nitter-natter, and is oddly calming

or watch a chipmunk pack its cheeks

a cento: error is character:, sample poems at , The Unsaid (Brick Books, 1992),, White Porcupine (Book*hug, 2007), The Small Nouns Crying Faith (BookThug, 2013),, 2009, X (Thee Hellbox Press of Kingston, 2013), Alternative Girders (a/g 2018), An Egregore (Apt. 9 Press, 2017), Poetry in Voice anthology,, and File Cards, 2021.

Available whenever/wherever you find me.