Cactus Press Chapbooks Reviewed

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.


May 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Last Gasp

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:

Claire Caldwell
Sam Cheuk
Mathew Henderson
Mat Laporte
Blaise Moritz
A.F. Moritz
Robin Richardson
Rob Taylor
Paul Vermeersch 

For the curious, here’s a cover preview:

May 25, 2011 at 2:48 am Leave a comment

Proofs & Equational Love: The Poetry of Jim Johnstone

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.

May 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

Another Spring – A Renga in 27 Parts

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. 

April 25, 2011 at 12:06 am Leave a comment

Recommended Read: Guesswork

It’s poetry month, and as such I’ve purchased an inordinate amount of books, the best of which I’ve decided to recommend here over the remainder or April and into early May. I did something similar a while back (it’s hard for me to tell years apart these days, so it could have been 2009 or 2010), and was prompted to take up the practice again by the sheer brilliance of the first collection I’ll be featuring. Without belaboring any further, here’s the best collection of poetry I’ve read in 2011:

Jeffery DonaldsonGuesswork (Goose Lane, 2011)

I came by Donaldson on a tip from Marc di Saverio, so I have Marc to thank for Guesswork, an astonishing collection that jumps from hockey to John A. MacDonald to the origin of the book while still maintaining thematic unity. I was struck by Donaldson’s sense of rhythm and and the way in which he was able to surprise within a formal context. Check out Torso, an extended meditation on the headless sculpture of Apollo, for Guesswork at its finest.

April 19, 2011 at 12:35 am Leave a comment

Poetry Month

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

March 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm Leave a comment

An Interview with Patrick Connors

This past week, Patrick Connors interviewed both Julienne Lottering and I for 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.

March 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

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