Archive for July, 2010

Toronto launchswap for Ray Hsu’s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon

Nightwood Editions presents the Toronto launch of Ray Hsu’s Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon, with special guests performers:

Adam Getty – Repose (Nightwood Editions, 2008)
Jim Johnstone – Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010)
Andrew McEwan – Input / Output (Cactus Press, 2010)
Shane Neilson – Complete Physical (Porcupine’s Quill, 2010)

Join us for a night of readings headlined by a collaborative performance between Ray Hsu and Pheobe Tsang!

Ray says, “Can we start an alternative economy? Both Jim and I are interested swapping our books for anything you’d be interested in bartering with us. Money sucks. Unless you actually want to buy our books, which is fine too.”

Hosted by Blair Trewartha.

Monday, July 26
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Piston (937 Bloor St. West)

July 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Andrew McEwan’s Input/Output Available Now!

I’d like to thank everyone who came out in support of Andrew McEwan on Thursday night at the Black Swan Tavern, where he launched his first chapbook, Input/Output (Cactus Press, 2010). Input/Output is now available for $5.00 online – just send me an email at and I’ll hook you up!

Photo: Erica Smith 

July 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

People Reading Stuff

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a busy week for me, one that will include the Misunderstandings Magazine Issue 14 launch on Thursday July 22 and a reading with Ray Hsu at The Piston on Monday July 26. First up however, I’m hosting a reading at The Painted Lady featuring Evie Christie, Basil Papademos and Tom Wamsley. The details:

People Reading Stuff @ The Painted Lady (218 Ossington Ave., Toronto) – July 20, 2010, 8pm.


July 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Patternicity Reviews

Of late, Patternicity has been receiving a little bit of love. You can find a review by Mark Callanan (whose own Sea Legend was recently shortlisted for the bp Nichol Chapbook Award) in the current issue of Quill & Quire. I’ll be sure to post a link when it shows up online.

Also, the Midwest Book Review was kind enough to post a small review/recommendation writing “…Jim Johnstone brings readers a fresh experience with Patternicity. Seeking to explore language and how it often fails to truly get the message across, Patternicity is a read that shouldn’t be missed by any poetry lover.” Check out the post here.

July 15, 2010 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

Jacob McArthur Mooney on the accountability of the Canadian avant garde

Over at Vox Populism, Jacob McArthur Mooney asks some poigniant (if not altogether new) questions of the Canadian avant garde confederacy. Here’s a taste, wherein Jake reiterates a question he asked at the Scream Literary Festival’s annual panel event:

“I was amused by Sampirisi’s image of the “Difficult Texts bin”, a place on the periphery of the mainstream bookstore (and, by extension, mainstream readership) where many avant garde books are relegated, thus presenting an obstacle to their readership. When Bill found my hand in the crowd, I asked Jenny about this bin, and offered the suggestion that while this label might be an obstacle to a wider readership for some texts, for others it might act as a crutch, and even something wilfully pursued by the texts’ authors. The rationale for this question came out of an earlier discussion about understanding and misunderstanding. I feel, as a reader and fan of a lot of avant garde work, that misunderstanding is often enlisted as a defence mechanism to deflect criticism of unliked books. Essentially, if I say that I didn’t understand a text, I’m volunteering the position of failed reader, and therefore negating any negative criticism attached to this perceived failure.”

You can read the entire post here. Make sure to check out the comments section – it’s where things get interesting. 


July 13, 2010 at 2:03 am Leave a comment

In Conversation: Michael Lista and Damian Rogers

A few days back, The National Post published a terrific conversation between Michael Lista and Damian Rogers in The Afterward. Respectively, Michael and Damian have written two of the most compelling collections of Canadian poetry published in the past year – Bloom and Paper Radio – and their back-and-forth is well worth reading. Here’s an excerpt I found particularly enjoyable, where Damian talks about colour:

“I worked with a woman at a chocolate shop in Ann Arbor who had a theory about colour I still think about sometimes. This would have been in the early 1990s—I was a senior studying English Lit at a Big Ten American College and she was a 19-year-old townie who played bass in a local punk band with her best girlfriend from high school. She challenged me in a lot of ways and I liked being around her, loved listening to her talk. Anyway, I remember she had a theory that when you find yourself attracted to a certain colour, what you are experiencing is actually a physical craving. At that time, she’d noticed that she was falling in love with the colour orange, and so, in response, she was making an effort to eat a lot of orange foods: tangerines, yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, canteloupe, butternut squash. She interpreted her pull towards orange as a literal hunger, not only for the specific nutrients found in these foods (such as beta-carotene) but also for something more mysterious contained in the colour that she wanted or needed to consume.”

You can find the entire conversation here.  Or you can catch both Michael and Damian reading on the High Park main stage tomorrow (July 12, 2010) at 7:00 pm.


July 12, 2010 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

Misunderstandings Magazine #14 Cover Preview

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