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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 has 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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“for my boston fern” in Hart House Review Winter Supplement, launching Friday!

Hi all. Happy New Year!

I know we’re already a few weeks in, but with the sleepier parts of January now long past, I’m happy to announce that one of my poems, “for my boston fern” (one of many with that title, as you might have noticed by now), will be appearing in this year’s Hart House Review Winter Supplement! A launch party for the supplement will be taking place this Friday, January 20 in the Debates Room of University of Toronto’s Hart House…Even though I won’t be able to make it, I really think you should check it out; the last time I was at one of the Winter Supplement launches, the combination of venue + fancy cheese made it one of the classiest poetry readings I’ve ever attended. Also, the fantastic and charismatic poet/musician Rasiqra Revulva will be performing, so you’d be a fool to miss it (personally, since I’m missing it, I’ll be wearing my fool hat proudly). Here’s the facebook event.

Aside from the aforementioned Rasiqra Revulva, I’ll also be sharing space in the Winter Supplement pages with (unstoppable CanLiterary force) David Huebert, as well as many others whose work I’m super-excited to read. One of my favourite things about HHR’s Winter Supplement is that it also centres its design on the work of a visual artist (this year it’s Dahae Song), which tends to produce a pretty unique reading experience. In any case, I hope you enjoy it.

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“for my boat lily,” “for my boat lily,” and “for my boat lily” in S/WORD 6

Hi everyone,

This time, an update for all my friends on the internet: the sixth issue of S/WORD appeared online just this weekend, and I’m pretty excited to let you know that three of my poems, “for my boat lily,” “for my boat lily,” and “for my boat lily” (can you tell I’m a fan of repetition?), are right at the top of the contents! The S/WORD editors have a pretty raw perspective on poetry and poetics (just take a look at their “About” page), and judging by some of the strong and surprising work they’ve included in this issue, I can’t help but feel I’m in good company. You can check out the whole issue here (and, if you’ve only got a minute, I might go so far as to recommend you take a look at Mark DuCharme’s “Understood” or Michael Rerick’s excerpt from Moss). Happy reading!

 

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“for my boston fern” on Vocamus Press Writings

More news! I’m very happy to let you know that Vocamus Press, stalwart champion of all things literary in Guelph, has graciously featured a poem of mine, “for my boston fern,” on the section of their website featuring writings by Guelph authors. The poem is a new addition to a new collection I’m working on, which is almost entirely made up of poems written for my houseplants. Read it here.

Of course, this publication is timed perfectly to get you hyped for the Guelph launch of Players tomorrow night (not to mention the London launch this Thursday, and my performance at Blur Blur Blur in St. Catharines this Friday). If you’re in the neighbourhood of any of these events this week, I hope to see you at the reading!

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“for my boat lily” on Uut Poetry!

Hi all,

Delightful news: one of my poems, “for my boat lily” (one of many written for the beloved titular houseplant), was featured yesterday on Uut Poetry, a website variously described as “a personal blog posing as a poetry magazine” and “this desultory and recalcitrant ezine.” Both seem like accurate descriptions; nevertheless, I’m quite excited that my piece caught the eye of Brooks Lampe, who runs Uut as a datastream of contemporary American surrealist poetry, artwork, and discussion (including an extensive index of surrealist writing prompts). You can check out my poem in particular here.

Thanks, as always, for reading, and best wishes for the fall season!

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“Lush” and “for my boat lily” in text lit mag

Hi all,

I promise this will be my last update for a while! (…Well, probably.) I just want to let everyone know that I’m super happy to be included in the new issue of text lit mag, which features two of my short poems: “Lush” (the first piece in the issue!) and “for my boat lily.” You can link directly to issue 3 (March 2015) here.

In addition to being available online, text is distributed in free print editions at coffee shops in Nanaimo, BC, where they’re based. When I found out about this side of their initiative, I knew I had to send something in; as far as I’m concerned, what they’re doing is one of the best ways to engage readers with a wide range of interests, backgrounds, and amounts of time available to engage with contemporary writing at all (not just the small and relatively homogeneous group who specifically seek out literary journals and small press fairs). Moreover, at least in the first few issues, the editorial team has done a great job of reinforcing their distribution goals by including an eclectic variety of pieces that burst genre distinctions and even media distinctions–for example, by interspersing more traditionally “literary” poems and flash fiction with humorous and whimsical tweets. All in all, I’m excited about the magazine and what we can learn from the folks who run it, and I’m overjoyed to have been able to contribute something that fit with their mission and aesthetic. I hope you enjoy it, too!

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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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