In Conversation: Michael Lista and Damian Rogers

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

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.



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