The winter 2010 Cactus Press chapbooks got a little bit of press last week in the form of a review written by Jacob McArthur Mooney for Northern Poetry Review. It’s rare that chapbooks get such focused attention, so I’m very pleased for the four authors: Darren Bifford, Edward Nixon, Marc di Saverio and Sarah Teitel.
About Marc di Saverio’s Sanatorium Songs, Mooney writes:
Di Saverio is a gifted guy. He can track the anarchy-seeking scent of our bastardized language with a singular bravery, but what makes his work resonate beyond simple Beat parlour tricks is his ability to narrate his instincts with poetry. The effect is chilling, disorienting, and a little embarrassing; like stopping to watch a car crash, then turning around to find that the driver has somehow repositioned himself behind you, and has watched you watching him die. Di Saverio is never not in control of Sanatorium Songs.
You can read the rest of the review here.
After 7 1/2 years, Misunderstandings Magazine will celebrate its final issue on June 2, 2011. I’m happy to be going out with an issue that I’m especially proud of, and that Edward Nixon will be hosting the evening’s festivities.
Join us at the Black Swan Tavern for cake and readings from:
For the curious, here’s a cover preview:
Hot on the heels of Fatherhood: The Poetry of Wayne Clifford, Frog Hollow Press has released the second in an ongoing series of critical monographs: Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone. Within there are two separate essays (written by Jason Guriel and Shane Neilson, respectively) that explore the role of scientific equations / language in my first two books of poetry.
I’m honored to be the subject of this book, and that both Jason and Shane would take such care exploring my work.
If you’re interested in a copy, you can order one here.
Thanks to Sachiko Murakami for including me as one of the 27 poets involved in creating Another Spring, a renga written in response to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. You can watch the video below.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing several readings in Toronto to promote both Patternicity and Sunday, the locusts. If you’re in town, I’d be delighted to see you.
Battle of the Bards (March 30)
Where: York Quay Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West)
When: 7:30 pm
With: David Hickey, Robyn Sarah, Zach Wells, among others.
Carousel 27 Launch Party (April 7)
Where: Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave.)
When: 7:30 pm
With: Julie Cameron Grey, Christine Walde, Natalie Zina Walschots, among others.
Art Bar (April 12)
Where: Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West)
When: 8:00 pm
With: Ruth Roach Pierson, Jeanette Lynes
This past week, Patrick Connors interviewed both Julienne Lottering and I for newz4u.net in regards to our new book Sunday, the locusts. It was interesting to hear Julie’s take on our collaboration, since I’d never asked her formally.
If you’re interested, you can check it out here.