Archive for April 26, 2010

National Poetry Month; or why Dani Couture is so damn cool

Along with the all the great Canadian poetry titles that have been released to coincide with National Poetry Month (including books from Dionne Brand, Suzanne Buffam, Dani Couture, Triny Finlay, Steven Heighton, Ray Hsu, Jeff Latosik, Michael Lista, Steve McOrmond, Jay MillAr, Paul Vermeersch and Ian Williams) there have been quite a few innovative projects conceived by Canadian writers to celebrate NPM. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Toronto Poetry Vendors: Carey Toane and Elisabeth De Mariaffi have designed two vending machines that will dispense poetry broadsides for a toonie (a veritable steal!). The first machine, Spearmint, is in operation at This Aint the Rosedale Library. Stop by and check it out!

2.  Curious Excess: Toronto’s Book Madam, Julie Wilson, has posted book length readings of 3 recent poetry titles at Seen Reading: Dani Couture’s Sweet, Susan Holbrook’s Joy Is So Exhausting and Michael Lista’s Bloom. Excessive, yes, but absolutely worth listening to. Ms. Wilson will be adding readings from Nicole Markotic, Sachiko Murakami, Sandy Pool, Damian Rogers and Meaghan Strimus in the coming week. 

3. Poetry Fortune Teller: Dani Couture is offering downloadable Poetry Fortune Tellers on her blog. Sidle on over to reveal your fortune!

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