Friday, November 30, 2007

Weekly wrap up

The Poetry Foundation seems to be shaking off its cobwebs... This week it features a podcast with Rae Armantrout, and then it discovered Flarf--also on podcast. Lets hear it for inappropriate (as in flarf). Perhaps this is the only possible response to all that faux (not that people realize it's faux) sincerity we endure in contemporary poetry....but is Marjorie Perloff really dissing Flarf here...hmm...have a listen.

New books by Robert Majzels, and Claire Huot who are reading December 6th at Pages here in Calgary. More Calgary Madness (they do things big in this town for some reason!) with the Extravaganza coming up December 8th. Seriously, these should be good. Here's the lineup for Saturday:

derek beaulieu -- Flatland (Information as Material)
Brea Burton and Jill Hartman - Booty: Hurricane Jane and Typhoon Mary (The Mercury Press)
Glen Dresser - Correction Road (Oberon Press)
ryan fitzpatrick - Fake Math (Snare Books)
Diane Guichon - Birch Split Bark (Nightwood Editions)
Cara Hedley - Twenty Miles (Coach House Books)
Claire Huot - The Prison Tangram (The Mercury Press)
Robert Majzels - The Humbugs Diet (The Mercury Press)
Riley Rossmo - Proof (Image)
William Neil Scott - Wonderfull (NeWest Press)
Natalie Zina Walschots - Thumbscrews (Snare Books)

Speaking of Marjorie Perloff--she offers an afterward to derek beaulieu's Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, launched above.

Tonight Ryan Fitzpatrick launches his new book, Fake Math, just out with Snare Books (a new press with an impressive debut list of poetry).

On Campus: A Wee Chat with Sina Queyras

Canada Reads, for all you Americans out there, is a national radio program that sees folks defending their favourite book from coast to coast...imagine that? This year's list includes a novel I've been meaning to read, Icefields by Thomas Wharton, Mavis Gallant's From the Fifteenth District and Not Wanted on the Voyage a favorite Timothy Findley book of the Hound's.

It was William Blake's birthday this week. How would he have liked Flarf, one wonders? Eric Ormsby and Terry Eagleton opine on the man of vision, but not, alas, on Flarf.

Don Domanski wins the GG for poetry...it was a strong list. I already blogged about Rob Winger's exceptional debut, which was also up. No offense to all the finalists, but Dennis Lee's Yes/No, a follow up to the incredible, Un, was the one I was rooting for. I included a long section from Un in Open Field--Yes/No is the sequel to that first volume which as far as I can tell, didn't even get a review (okay, here's one). These two by Dennis Lee are must reads.

In the translation category Robert Majzels and Erin Moure were up for Nicole Brossard's Notebook of Roses and Civilization--a rare poetry nomination apparently, and a gorgeous text in all ways, including the design, another knockout from Coach House. Nigel Spencer won for the English translation of Augustino et le choeur de la destruction by Marie-Claire Blais, a dizzying novel, an absolute stunner.

Jeff Derksen read at Pages in Kensington on Wednesday night, and he reads at the University of Calgary tomorrow afternoon. Fabulous reading, but no books available at the store! Arg. Hear Derksen read on Philly Sound.

West Coast icon Jane Rule passed away this week.

Nathalie Stephens on Ditch, a new Canadian online journal.

Meanwhile in Philly I missed the opportunity to see CA Conrad read his poems from the comfort of his bathtub...Dorothea Laskey's Tiny Tour continues its intimate venues and I have been reprimanded for not owning Laskey's Awe out recently from Wave (another upstart press that's doing amazing things...). As is belladonna, by the way, with a new book from Argentinean poet Lila Zemborain called Sea-Orchids (more on that later). And Bloof Books? Heard of them? More on that too. And humor in poetry...Jacket does a funny thing.

Oh Conrad!

Listenlight has some very cool poetry up...loved the Iijima.

Lowell and Ashbery in the Economist.

Ange Mlinko is everywhere these days. Here on Ashbery.

Waiting for Godot in New Orleans.

LA Times on Robert Hass.

Sex and lesbians ruin a great poet...apparently...I don't get it, but great headline.

And hey, feminists are sexy!