Saturday, November 28, 2009

poetactics reads

You can now hear me read here!  i highly recommend checking out some of the other poetry on the Calgary Spoken Word podcast - there is a good variety of stuff.

Any comments on the reading can be left on this post.  Criticism welcome.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

terrible poetry jokes

"Kenneth Goldsmith walks into a bar. He orders a menu."

From here.

Monday, November 16, 2009

graphic narration - pictures without words

The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a beautiful graphic novel that explores the immigrant experience. Set in a whimsical version of New York, where strange devices abound and helpful little creatures roam, the reader follows one man as he tries to make sense of his new home. The fantastic setting places the reader in the same defamiliarized position as the arrival himself, and the complete lack of narrative text or dialogue (the story is told completely without words) conveys the experience of landing in a place with an unfamiliar language.

The narration itself is well done; completely without words the author is able to convey dialogue and shifts in focalization--the arrival is told stories by the people he meets, and not once was i confused as to who was "speaking." Amazing.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Check out the awesomeness that is this short film based on Jordon Scott reading from blert.

Yes! What a fantastic collaboration--i love seeing poetry incorporated into other forms of artistry, of media. It doesn't always work well (see: The Four Horsemen Project, an dance interpretation of The Four Horsemen sound poetry group . . . it seemed to miss the spontaneity and play of the poetry).  But when it works, it gets me so excited.

Why are you still here? Go watch the video!

Calgary Event

At 7:30 tomorrow, i will be reading at the Flywheel Reading Series at Pages alongside Martin Sutcliffe, Mark Hopkins & Matthew McGuigan, and John Barton. It should be a good time.

If you're in Calgary, please come and say hi!