Critical prose and critical poetry in Hamilton Arts & Letters

I promised more updates, and here they are! These ones are especially Hamilton-themed.

First up, two pieces of critical writing I’ve worked on are included in the just-released special insert for Hamilton Arts & Letters issue eight.2. The first is a (somewhat) conventional prose review of Shane Neilson’s The Manifesto of Fervourism, which you can link to here. The manifesto itself is a pretty rousing read (UPDATE: you can read it in the online edition of Ryga 8!), though I’d like to think I have an intriguing take on it, as well. The second piece is still critical, but otherwise completely different: a poetic review of Phil Hall’s Guthrie Clothing (a selected collage of works spanning Hall’s career), written with Shane Neilson in the style of Phil Hall (link here). I’d really recommend taking a look at this one, if only to see how brashly Shane and I have attempted (and perhaps spectacularly failed) to orchestrate the delicate fusion required of the genre of the poetic essay (which Hall himself has spent a fair chunk of time perfecting). Needless to say, my writing for this issue also represents the culmination of my improbable mind meld with Neilson.

While Hamilton Arts & Letters exists more broadly on the world wide web, my second update pertains to something that’s actually (i.e. physically) happening in Hamilton. Specifically, tomorrow (Friday April 22nd) at 12pm I’ll be reading poetry with John Terpstra to open this month’s edition of the Hamilton Central Library’s lunch hour concerts, featuring the Caskey School of Music. If you’re in the Hamilton area and have some free time around lunch, come check it out!

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