Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday Round up

CBC has an extensive feature on Findley, a writer in the "man of letters" tradition to be sure. Not Wanted on the Voyage is a Hound favorite. Who can resist a story told by a cat? Particularly when the cat is named Mottle... I had been looking for a copy of this earlier, to give as a gift, and there were none in print. That has apparently changed.

The Guardian wonders whether it is easier to write genre do I. Here is an earlier review of Robert Majzels' recent crime novel:
Robert Majzels' THE HUMBUGS DIET is a fabulous read. Certainly one of the more pleasurable of late which begs the question: why don't more intelligent, experimental and thought provoking writers engage in genre writing?...But well written, with a way of utilizing plottish elements without making them clunkingly essential to the work... Majzels has fun with this novel, featuring a geriatric failed detective who gets caught up against his own better judgment in a very informal and entertaining murder investigation at a well located retirement home in Yonkers.
Before Humbugs Majzels wrote a more radical crime novel called Akiporos Sleuth which you can now see for yourself online. It's a beautiful book, a work of art really as an object I mean. You can also find a slightly less fancy, though no less beautiful, version of the book via Mercury Press.

A little glint of lyric from "Poem Talk" via the folks at Kelly Writers House. The first discussion was of a William Carlos Williams poem, and most recently "Wait," a poem by Adrienne Rich, included below. Does Rich complicate the conventions of lyric in this poem? That's one of the questions discussed.


In paradise every
the desert wind is rising
third thought
in hell there are no thoughts
is of earth
sand screams against your government
issued tent hell's noise
in your nostrils crawl
into your ear-shell
wrap yourself in no-thought
wait no place for the little lyric
wedding-ring glint the reason why
on earth
they never told you

Read this week with at Pages. Stewart read from the The Trees of Periphery, published recently through Chaudiere books, and exquisite. Robertson read from The Men, and utopia from Rousseau's Boat. The two also offered a round table at the University of Calgary. Robertson began her talk by reading her belladonna chapbook First Spontaneous Horizontal Restaurant, and Stewart, with a reading of a site specific work in progress. Stewart and Robertson then spoke about current poetic practice, each author generously sharing thinking in progress...more on that later.

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