Thursday, December 5, 2013

CREATE IF WRITHING : Class 11: On chapbooks, broadsides, ephemera

Thanks to Gary Barwin for posting this great how-to guide for making your own chapbooks!

CREATE IF WRITHING : Class 11: On chapbooks, broadsides, ephemera: cover to one of bpNichol's many chapbook publications (image from the great site "I like narrow-casting, if by t...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

delilah s. dawson: 11 Ways to Level Up Your Writing

delilah s. dawson: 11 Ways to Level Up Your Writing: *cracks open Writer's Toolbox* *wonders why there's a banana inside* *tries to make a call on the banana phone* *fails, eats b...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

BuzzFeed: How to Write Your First Book

BuzzFeed: How to Write Your First Book

Twenty-one successful authors — including Junot Díaz, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, and George Saunders — tell how they overcame writer’s block, completed, and sold their debut titles.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Joyland Toronto: Sketch Artist, Boxer, Party Planner, Baker by Sam Shelstad

Joyland Toronto: Sketch Artist, Boxer, Party Planner, Baker by Sam Shelstad

Read this fantastic story by Sam Shelstad:

On a Greyhound chugging westwards, squeezed up against the window by the flabby arm of a sleeping farm boy, Doug Sachs struggled against the darkness of it all. Maybe things weren’t so bad, he thought. You’ve got to see these things as opportunities to grow: The worse things are, the better they will be (Sachs, 23). This would be good. He had helped so many people through their bleakest hours, and this was quite an accomplishment—but what of his own battles? He could now see that it was time to turn his healer’s gaze inwards.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov By PAM BELLUCK - NYTimes

Say you are getting ready for a blind date or a job interview. What should you do? Besides shower and shave, of course, it turns out you should read — but not just anything. Something by Chekhov or Alice Munro will help you navigate new social territory better than a potboiler by Danielle Steel.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Flavorwire: 20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry By Alison Nastasi

20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry By Alison Nastasi 

We’ve been thinking about poet Meena Alexander’s incredible address to the Yale Political Union, in which she refers to Shelley’s 1821 essay, A Defence of Poetry. The English poet’s work famously stated, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Alexander concludes: “The poem is an invention that exists in spite of history… In a time of violence, the task of poetry is in some way to reconcile us to our world and to allow us a measure of tenderness and grace with which to exist… Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Other poets have attempted to interpret “what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable.” Here are a few brief definitions of poetry by famous poets.

Edith Sitwell
“Poetry is the deification of reality.”
Marianne Moore
“Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.”
Theodore Roethke
“You must believe: a poem is a holy thing — a good poem, that is.”
“The poem, even a short time after being written, seems no miracle; unwritten, it seems something beyond the capacity of the gods.”
James K. Baxter
“The poem is a plank laid over the lion’s den.”

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Infinity of Poetry Lists | Boston Review

The Infinity of Poetry Lists | Boston Review

Landay lore: Review

Zarmina Rafi reviews Poetry magazine's issue on an Afghan poetic art form practiced purely by women - See more at:
Zarmina Rafi reviews Poetry magazine's issue on an Afghan poetic art form practiced purely by women - See more at:
Zarmina Rafi reviews Poetry magazine's issue on an Afghan poetic art form practiced purely by women - See more at:
Zarmina Rafi review's Poetry Magazine's issue on an Afghan poetic form practiced by women.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

On Reading Postscript: The Mockler Blog

 Some thoughts on Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art at The Power Plant

"Most recently conceptual writing has come under attack by various factions of the literary community, and there is a pervasive for and against attitude when it comes to contemporary discourse on avant-garde writing. Part of this reaction stems from the fact that conceptual writing critiques traditional notions of literary writing—from how it is generated to what constitutes a literary work—and this seems to really hit a nerve. While the discussion may be lively, we actually don’t have to look at conceptual and literary writing from an either/or point of view. It’s possible to see that both genres have value for different reasons and to see conceptualism (in it’s various manifestations and approaches) as another tool in the writer’s toolbox as it has come to be seen in the art world."

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects By Alison Nastasi

10 Guerrilla Poetry Projects

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word,” Emily Dickinson once wrote. It’s with that notion in mind that writers have assembled as guerrilla poets, leaving their words on billboards, street corners, and inside books. We discovered a guerrilla poetry project earlier this week on Booooooom, featured below, and wanted to share other unexpected and unconventional poems that have popped up around the world.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Boston Glob: Revising your writing again? Blame the Modernists

How self-editing became the first commandment of literature
By Craig Fehrman

It’s tough to get a room full of writers to agree on anything—the best wine, the best Shakespeare play, the best time of day to work. Perhaps the only belief that today’s writers share is that to produce good writing, you have to revise.

This principle appears everywhere—in classrooms, in newsrooms, in writing guides, and especially in author interviews. “I’ve done as many as 20 or 30 drafts of a story,” Raymond Carver once told The Paris Review. “Never less than 10 or 12 drafts.” Joyce Carol Oates, who is so prolific she leaves other authors shaking their heads, has said: “I revise all the time, every day.” Even comedian Jim Gaffigan, author of the new book “Dad is Fat,” recently urged NPR’s listeners to “keep going back and rewriting things to make it clear.”

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Poetry Magazines: A great site!

Poetry Magazines - About this site

This site contains Poetry Library's free access non-profit-making online archive of English 20th and 21st century poetry magazines which is part of the library's ongoing digitisation project funded by the Arts Council England.

The Poetry Library launched in 2003. It aims to reach new audiences and preserve the magazines for the future.

It already holds more than 6,000 poems published in over 50 different magazines, with work by Fleur Adcock, Jen Hadfield, Seamus Heaney, Michael Horovitz, Jackie Kay, Edwin Morgan, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Sheenagh Pugh, Owen Sheers, Fiona Sampson, Penelope Shuttle and many more.

The website has been selected by the British Library to be archived by its digital heritage web archiving project, the UK Web Archive.

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Why Readers Disagree

Tim Parks

'In a world comparatively at peace now, Mr. Balfour tackles Benedetto Croce.'

“I love the new DeLillo.”
“And I hate it.”
It’s a familiar conversation: like against dislike with no possible resolution. Or alternatively: “I can’t see why Freedom upsets you so much. I didn’t like it either, but who cares?” Interest against disinterest; as when your wife/brother/friend/colleague raves about some Booker or Pulitzer winner and you feel vaguely guilty. “Sure,” you agree, “great writing, intriguing stuff.” But the truth is you just couldn’t find the energy to finish the book.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tanis MacDonald on Onion Man at Lemon Hound

Tanis MacDonald on Kathryn Mockler’s Onion Man

Onion Man, Kathryn Mockler. Tightrope Books, 2011.
by Tanis MacDonald

The individual poems of Kathryn Mockler’s Onion Man, which hover between a novel in verse and a long poem sequence, appear on the page in vertical chunks of text, rarely taking up a whole page or even venturing out into a long poetic line. One reviewer has compared the poems’ appearance to the cans of corn produced at the factory at which the protagonist works, and while that is true, the silence around each poem is as intriguing – and as fiercely frustrating – as the poems themselves. This unused space stands out as an eloquent refusal to explain; and it says everything about how young working-class women are trained to think about the future: as full of nothing.
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Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: Kathryn Mockler's poetry book The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books)

Jonathan Ball, The Winnipeg Free Press, May 25, 2013
POETRY: Bold meditation on murder mixes banal, bizarre
TORONTO'S Kathryn Mockler begins The Saddest Place on Earth (DC, 70 pages, $18) with some sage advice: "It is not a good idea to be in the same room as / someone who is just about to murder you."

Thus begins a meditation on murder that oscillates between thoughts banal and bizarre. Mockler tends towards the sardonic. Read More

Friday, April 12, 2013


THE WEEK SHALL INHERIT THE VERSE: Jason Heroux: HARD WORK CHEERING UP SAD MACHINES It’s easy to breathe if you’re breathing breathe all you want the air is too old                a...

Monday, March 4, 2013

The 2012 Vida Count

It's one thing to be part of cultural bias and not know and then try to do something to change it.

It is shameful to do nothing once you have the facts.

Magazine, journals, and newspapers have had three years to do better, and here's the message to women:


Three Years: To Stump, and Stack - and Stem -

Friday, January 25, 2013

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