Saturday, June 30, 2012


Sunni Patterson
reading in Dayton, OH, 2009

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Friday, June 29, 2012


Jeff with his wife, Shirley Ancheta

Jeff Tagami

1954 2012


Thursday, June 28, 2012


Slavoj Žižek:
What does Europe Want?

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


The Recording Angel

Frank Sherlock, Rachel Blau DuPlessis & Bob Perelman
join Michelle Taransky in discussing
my poem “You” & the essay “Wild Form

The discussion

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


An international poetry festival is a little like one of those lab experiments that science students are forced to perform. Take a creature that does one thing well – make art with their language – and put them into a container with other creatures who seem similar enough, but lack that one key common element – a mutual language. The possibilities are more or less obvious, and the folks in Rotterdam earlier this month were blessed with the fact that all 19 of their on-site participants¹ were actually nice people. One of the festival officials joked that this was an “innovation” they were trying this year, and that it had not always been the case in prior years.

It’s not an accurate statement that the poets lacked the same language. Eighteen of the 19 spoke at least some version of English, and four of us – Karen Solie of Canada, LK Holt of Australia, Sascha Aurora Akhtar of Pakistan &amp Britain, & I – use variants of it for our writing. With language, of course, history comes encrusted. When Moosejaw-born Karen Solie lists manufacturers of tractors in her work, US companies like John Deere turn up. And I heard Australian Lucy Holt asked on at least one occasion if she was British

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Monday, June 25, 2012


Book burning: fan fiction

Barry Schwabsky on the return of Denise Riley

Talking with Sina Queyras

Queyras: the ethics of the negative review

How international is poetry?

Tim Yu makes the case for Asian-American poetry

Harryette Mullen wins the Stephen Henderson Award

Otherstream poetics

The academisation of the avant-garde

Anne Gorrick: Text Event with Fire 2

Heaps of language but even more amnesia

A new poetry barn in Maryland

The Etherdome anthology

CWILA: Women in Canadian lit mags – the numbers

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Sunday, June 24, 2012


Wandering in to the Submarine Warehouse in Rotterdam,
I found this:
carillon master Frank Steijns and a colleague on organ
performing an arrangement of
John Cage’s Litany for the Whale

An entire performance of the piece by Steijns

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