I've had the distinct pleasure of taking two graduate poetry classes with Sina during my time at Concordia and am currently flattered and overwhelmed, excited and terrified, to have been asked to guest edit Lemon Hound for this month.
Born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, I was afforded the opportunity to begin my, still young, career as a poet under writers such as John Steffler and Randall Maggs before moving to Montreal to pursue my graduate studies. Given my movement from rural life to urban living there is a certain tenuous balance being always sought between a multiplicity of impulses that emerge in my own writing: between Romance and Process, between the Natural world and the Digital world, between Lyric and Conceptual and the tenuous ability of language to both communicate and complicate these tensions as they struggle and inform one another. I have a burgeoning interest in the manner technology mediates our deployment of language and in the image. The moving image is one of my passions and I have a blog where I keep track of my thinking about films I watch here.
April is poetry month and Sina, as such, has graciously offered up this space to gently explore the relationship between student and teacher, between established and emerging poets; poetry should be nothing if not always looking forward. The task of beginning a discussion about this subject was begun prior to my being asked to guest edit this month. Sina had solicited established poets for poetry from a young poet they were excited about to be featured on the blog.
In an e-mail advising of general stances to take in my guest editing stint I was informed that "dialogic is best". Considering the pedagogical dynamic implicit in Sina's solicitation for young poet's work, and carrying this idea of dialogic in mind, I thought it only fair to allow young poets to speak back to their mentors. In addition to the established poets presenting young poet's work I hope also to feature young poets engaging the work of a poet who they would consider influential to their own development. It is my hope that in presenting this dialogue from both sides a generative and informative space is opened for discussion. Expect also some student reviews of poetry collections and other readings yet to be determined.
Consider this a first anxious step forward.
Ben Hynes, Montreal
Ben Hynes, Montreal