Saturday, May 30, 2009

John W. MacDonald

Again and again that guy from Ottawa nails it! For your viewing pleasure, Monsieur Bök. You can check out John's photostream at Flickr.
Christian Bök

6 comments:

VanessaP said...

Well, he is cute as a bug, and that's true.

Lemon Hound said...

He is. But apparently not one of Canada's top ten poets...whatever the hell that means.

Ross Brighton said...

What? not in the top ten? Don't tell me if bpNichol is in there, because I think I know the answer and may very well cry.

Lemon Hound said...

No bp Nichol either...but you know I don't believe in Top Ten lists.

Ross Brighton said...

Yeah, they're like those books "101 books you've got to read" (with the implicit subtitle "by dead white men writing in english").

I know it's a a bit of a broken record, but why isn't more attention payed to more adventurous, and hense more difficult writers.

According to Lisa Samuel's one of the most popular and widely taught works of experimental Literature, Lyn Hejinian's My Life, has sold around 8000 copies. It makes me sad that so few people have experienced the immense joy of encountering that book, or of reading bpNichol for the first time, or seeing the amazing intricacies of Bök's works.

I have noticed that the list favours younger writers, so sadly deceased masters such as bpNichol and Robin Blaser's absence could be forgiven; and there is one (that i noticed) representative of Coach House, but no Bök, no McCaffery, no Mac Cormick....

Ross Brighton said...

addenda:
Samuels on Hejinian is here:
http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/samuels/mylife.html