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“for my african violet” in Carousel 38 and “Conscientious Conceptualism” post at The Town Crier

Hi all,

With National Poetry Month (a.k.a. April) on its way out, I wanted to retroactively ‘announce’ two publications that haven’t yet made their way onto the blog.

First, another of my houseplants poems, “for my african violet,” was published in this month’s new issue of Carousel (which has been kicking around for a few weeks now). I’ve raved about Carousel and its publisher, Mark Laliberte, before, but I did want to add that both are also involved with the LitBang! Small Press Pop Up Store, which hasĀ been featuring a variety of magazines, books, and book-like ephemera all month long at Queen and Ossington in Toronto. If you haven’t made it over to the pop up yet, you’ve got one more weekend to check it out. (Do it now!)

Second, I’ve had the pleasure over the last month or so of writing a contribution to Andy Verboom’s guest editing stint at The Puritan‘s bloggy appendage, The Town Crier, which has taken the form of a series of posts on “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice.” I knew as soon as I saw Andy’s call for submissions that the series would hit close to home, and that it was an opportunity for me to seriously think through (or, more accurately, begin to think through) some parts of my poetic practice and social presence in the literary scene that have troubled me for some time. What I didn’t know was that Andy would turn out to be an incredibly thoughtful, dedicated, and hard-working editor, and that his efforts with the series would give me no end of things to think about, both in print and in camera. Mostly, then, I wanted to thank him for his extraordinary attention and expertise. Otherwise, I’m still waiting to see what kinds of effects (if any) the post and the month of posts will have on my thinking and writing…. As with many projects of this kind, most of what I take away will likely be the lessons I’ve taught myself over the course of researching and articulating my ideas. Still, my ears remain open to any responses, positive or negative, public or private, that anyone might be interested in sharing with me. If you’d like, you can read what I’ve written on the topic of whiteness and conceptualism here.

That’s all for now, although I’m sure I’ll be back here before long with more news. Until then, happy reading!

 

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“Two Plants from Above” in Rampike 23.2, “[repeat]er Manifesto” online in (parenthetical) 4

Howdy all,

This has been a long time coming and the issue has already been out for a while, but I figured I’d announce here that one of my visual/concrete pieces, “Two Plants from Above,” appears in the most recent issue of Rampike! Rampike is an incredible magazine, largely because it is one of the few publications that has consistently featured visual and conceptual text-based work. Though I have in fact yet to see the issue in person (a travesty, I know), I’ve been told that my letters look good gracing its pages, so you should check it out! Among other places, you can find Rampike at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market tomorrow (Saturday Nov. 22) from 11:30 to 5:00pm at the Tranzac Club near Brunswick and Bloor. Of course, there will also be a huge variety of other indie publishers at the fair with an equally huge variety of excellent books and other projects; it’s definitely a must-see! You can check out the fair’s facebook page here.

In addition, as I posted a few days ago, my piece titled “[repeat]er Manifesto” is now live in (parenthetical) issue four, which you can read online here. Will Kemp and Nicole Brewer, (parenthetical)’s most excellent publishers and editors, will also be at the Indie Literary Market with print copies of the magazine (they look amazing!) and other books from words(on)pages, so you should pay them a visit too.

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