Thursday, April 28, 2005

Schlep, schlep, schlep...

A fine spring day on 5th Avenue, and a little on Broadway.

Wal Mart website Parody

This from the Globe & Mail today:

"The goal was to make the site look like it could be a real site from a company like Wal-Mart, but have text that was so ridiculous that anyone who read it would realize that it was absurd," Papasian said in a statement on his revamped website. "If anyone believed it to be a real Wal-Mart site, that is only a testament to the degree of absurdity that exists within corporate America today."

I love this kid!

Monday, April 25, 2005


This week's belladonna was awesome--admittedly I'm a little biased, but Erin Moure & Lisa Robertson are two of Canada's finest. Check out Lisa Robertson's new The Office of Soft Architecture, and Erin Moure's Little Theatre's, which is....god, brilliant sounds so inept. One reviewer said that Moure's poetry made other poetry seem like furniture from target. I've also started a belladonna slide show. Click here, or on the name to go to the slideshow. I'll keep adding to it. And probably should add some more links for reviews of these two...

Joy Boy

Someone emailed to say that the link I posted to Joy Boy was no longer working...we've tracked him down and here he is once more. The sound isn't as good, but I'll take joy any way it comes.

Yiddish Dick & Jane

Love this...See Jane schlep. Schlep, schelp, schlep!

Sunday, April 24, 2005

John & Yoko's Bed Inn

Footage from John & Yoko's Montreal Bed Inn--can't imagine this happening today. Is this CBC reporter really soused? Or is it just me? And who knew Yoko was so vocal? She sounds so 1940. Wonderful stuff...

Salon, this Friday Night

No, I don't read that often, but I am this Friday. Feel free to drop in. Here's a link for more information. I'm in good company with the art of one Stephanie Hightower, and have been charmed by both other readers, Dave Johnson and Roger Bonair-Agard, but this Salon is all new to me. Looking forward.
The Loft at 81Leornard
SALON II, Friday, April 29th, 2005 / 7pm
Readings begin promptly at 8pm

Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets is still only available for pre-orders. Pub date isn't until June (or July even?), but it should be available in May they tell me. Poets included: Jeanette Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Ken Babstock, Christian Bok, George Bowering, Dionne Brand, Nicole Brossard, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Anne Carson, George Elliott Clarke, Lorna Crozier, Mary Dalton, Joe Denham, Christopher Dewdney, Susan Goyette, Lydia Kwa, Sonnet L'Abbe, Dennis Lee, Tim Lilburn, Daphne Marlatt, Don McKay, Erin Moure, bp Nichol, Michael Ondaatje, Lisa Robertson, Anne Simpson, Karen Solie, Todd Swift, Fred Wah, Jan Zwicky.

"A big book with a big mission: a transcendental, transcontinental poem. There's a reaon why wilderness and intelligence and humanity convulsively balance in Canada. These poems, Open Field, say why." --Bob Holman

"A shot in the arm for poetry." --Mairead Byrne

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Open Field Launch

McNally Robinson, NY, April 20. Karen, Diana, Sue, Erin, Molly, Anne, Sonnet along the back wall, Gabe in the mirror...Slideshow of this event coming shortly. Thanks to everyone who came. It was amazing. Here's a link.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


Cliched view, but it's one of my favourites... from Spanish Banks area. Too busy with AWP events and didn't get around the city much. There was a party at the old Lamplighter in Gastown. I'm sure the last time I was in there I was walked out by the scruff of my neck. But that was another lifetime. Good to see the old UBC gang: Linda Svendsen in any case. Attended the Talon party and it was great to hear Fred Wah and George Bowering read. Daphne Marlatt too. Met Pauline Butling for the first time--wonderful, mountain energy. She reminded me of the women I used to meet in the Kootenays: New Denver, Nakusp, Kaslo, Nelson. Very direct.
The whole bookstore landscape seems to have completely changed there...
The Open Field reading was amazing. Don McKay was not well and didn't attend, so it was Jan Zwicky, Tim Lilburn, Daphne Marlatt, Anne Simpson, Ken Babstock and Christian Bok. For a few AWP related photos click here.