Sunday, December 28, 2014

Delirious Hem: ADVENT DAY 25 * KATHRYN MOCKLER!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cordite Poetry Review - Canada Issue

The Cordite Poetry Review from Australia has a Canada issue with many great poets. Check it out:

http://cordite.org.au/content/poetry/ohcanada/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bernadette Mayer on writing traditional forms

If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso by Gertrude Stein from UPenn

IF I TOLD HIM

A Completed Portrait of Picasso

by Gertrude Stein 

(Hear Stein read this poem


If I told him would he like it. Would he like it if I told him.
Would he like it would Napoleon would Napoleon would would he like it.
If Napoleon if I told him if I told him if Napoleon. Would he like it if I told him if I told him if Napoleon. Would he like it if Napoleon if
Napoleon if I told him. If I told him if Napoleon if Napoleon if I told him. If I told him would he like it would he like it if I told him.
Now.
Not now.
And now.
Now.
Exactly as as kings.
Feeling full for it.
Exactitude as kings.
So to beseech you as full as for it.
Exactly or as kings.
Shutters shut and open so do queens. Shutters shut and shutters and so shutters shut and shutters and so and so shutters and so shutters shut
and so shutters shut and shutters and so. And so shutters shut and so and also. And also and so and so and also.
Exact resemblance to exact resemblance the exact resemblance as exact as a resemblance, exactly as resembling, exactly resembling, exactly
in resemblance exactly a resemblance, exactly and resemblance. For this is so. Because.
Now actively repeat at all, now actively repeat at all, now actively repeat at all.
Have hold and hear, actively repeat at all.
I judge judge.
As a resemblance to him.
Who comes first. Napoleon the first.
Who comes too coming coming too, who goes there, as they go they share, who shares all, all is as all as as yet or as yet.
Now to date now to date. Now and now and date and the date.
Who came first Napoleon at first. Who came first Napoleon the first. Who came first, Napoleon first.
Presently.
Exactly as they do.
First exactly.
Exactly as they do too.
First exactly.
And first exactly.
Exactly as they do.
And first exactly and exactly.
And do they do.
At first exactly and first exactly and do they do.
The first exactly.
At first exactly.
First as exactly.
At first as exactly.
Presently.
As presently.
As as presently.
He he he he and he and he and and he and he and he and and as and as he and as he and he. He is and as he is, and as he is and he is, he is
and as he and he and as he is and he and he and and he and he.
Can curls rob can curls quote, quotable.
As presently.
As exactitude.
As trains.
Has trains.
Has trains.
As trains.
As trains.
Presently.
Proportions.
Presently.
As proportions as presently.
Father and farther.
Was the king or room.
Farther and whether.
Was there was there was there what was there was there what was there was there there was there.
Whether and in there.
As even say so.
One.
I land.
Two.
I land.
Three.
The land.
Three.
The land.
Two.
I land.
Two.
I land.
One.
I land.
Two.
I land.
As a so.
They cannot.
A note.
They cannot.
A float.
They cannot.
They dote.
They cannot.
They as denote.
Miracles play.
Play fairly.
Play fairly well.
A well.
As well.
As or as presently.
Let me recite what history teaches. History teaches.
 

Portrait, but of whom? (PoemTalk #10) | Jacket2

Portrait, but of whom? (PoemTalk #10) | Jacket2

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Eileen Myles at the Lannan Centre for Poetics and Social Practice



The author of eighteen collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction is introduced by poet Carolyn Forché at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University on October 28. Her new and selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice, will be published by Ecco/Harper Collins in 2015.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

From City Arts Online: Stop Using 'Poet Voice' Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | by Rich Smith

Here's a great article about "poet voice" which is very annoying if you go to a lot of readings.

I agree about looking to theatre and remembering a reading is performance. It can be really tough--especially for new writers. Getting a performance coach--someone with a theatre background--can be very helpful.


"I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved."
uggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone i - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf

I suggest poets look to the theatre for direction. If you’re a poet writing poems that have a speaker—no matter how reliable or fragmentary— do what the actors do. You are on stage, aren’t you? Pick a character that makes sense with the poems, square your shoulders to the audience, and project to the back of the room. You’re not trying to talk down a bear; you’re trying to be the bear. Deciding on reading styles that suit or productively play with the content of your poems will add meaningful layers to the poems, which will make for a richer performance experience for everyone involved.
- See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf
Stop Using 'Poet Voice' Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | by Rich Smith

See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/stop-using-poet-voice#sthash.JhOI8Zwv.dpuf

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rusty Toque's Fiction Chapbook Contest - Last Day to Enter

THE RUSTY TOQUE'S 2014
FICTION CHAPBOOK CONTEST


We’re pleased to announce The Rusty Toque’s first annual chapbook competition.

DEADLINE
June 1, 2014 (extended to June 15, 2014)
JUDGE
Lee Henderson

PRIZES
1ST PLACE
$800 + chapbook publication (e-book and print) + a fiction prize pack

FINALISTS
Up to 2 finalists will receive $50 + a fiction prize pack + an excerpt or story from their chapbook published online in Issue 7 or 8 of The Rusty Toque.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Other notable entries will receive an honorable mention on our website.


ENTRY FEE
$15 per fiction chapbook submission (you may submit multiple times but must include the fee for each submission).

LENGTH
25 to 40 pages (can be stories, micro-fictions, or a longer short story). Please double space submissions.

ELIGIBILITY
This contest is open to all writers except Western students, faculty, and staff. International submissions welcome. Writers who have a conflict-of-interest relationship with our judge, Lee Henderson, are also not eligible. Please email us if you are unsure if you are eligible.

Select stories may be previously published; however, the collection as a whole must be unpublished. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • - Please submit and pay the $15.00 (Canadian dollars) reading fee through our online submission form. We do not accept hard copies.
  • - Submissions are blind, so please ensure that your name does not appear on your document.
  • - Indicate in your cover letter if any stories have been previously published and where and include a short bio.


SUBMIT HERE

The Rusty Toque’s 2014 Fiction Chapbook Competition is sponsored by The Canada Council, Western University with fiction prize packs from House of Anansi PressAnvil Press, BookThug,Coach House Books, and Pedlar Press.


2014 FICTION CHAPBOOK JUDGE

PictureLee Henderson
Lee Henderson has published two award-winning books with Penguin Canada—the story collection The Broken Record Technique and the novel The Man Game, which won the BC Book Prize and the Vancouver Book Prize in 2009. His essay on language extinction and corporate English was published in the anthology Finding the Words, edited by Jared Bland. Lee's fiction and art writing is regularly published in The Walrus and Border Crossings magazine, and other short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and experimental music and is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at The University of Victoria.


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE RUSTY TOQUE'S 2014 FICTION CHAPBOOK CONTEST

Friday, January 24, 2014

Puritan Authors Discuss Their Craft // Kathryn Mockler

Puritan Authors Discuss Their Craft // Kathryn Mockler



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Start As You Will Go On, David Poolman (2004-5)
Past Puritan author (and Rusty Toque and Joyland editor) 

Kathryn Mockler discusses her poems (from way back in Issue 9: Winter 2010!) and the digital drawings and political unrest that inspired them.

“Global Warming” and “Gun Shots” are early versions of poems from my second poetry book, The Saddest Place on Earth (DC Books, 2012).

I started writing these poems in 2004, and the initial inspiration came from a series of digital drawings that my husband, David Poolman, was working on called Start As You Will Go On (2004-5).

After September 11th, I realized I wasn’t as informed as I should be about world events, so I made it my mission to know what was going on outside of my bubble. By 2004, I became particularly obsessed with the absurdity of the Iraq War and the media’s portrayal of it. The problem with being more informed is that it can lead to deep feelings of helplessness and despair, which I think set the tone for many of the poems in this collection.


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

A Mother in a Refugee Camp Written by Chinua Achebe

No Madonna and Child could touch
Her tenderness for a son
She soon would have to forget. . . .
The air was heavy with odours of diarrhea,
Of unwashed children with washed-out ribs
And dried-up bottoms waddling in labored steps
Behind blown-empty bellies. Other mothers there

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

#95books 2014

#95books
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Ball started what they call "'the 95 books challenge' with a goal of reading at least 95 books per year (with the larger goal to become more well-read than George W. Bush)."

Along with Nikki Reimer, Marita Daschel, and others, I've decided to try the challenge too.

I know that I will fail miserably and not even come close. However I'm using it as an excuse to get out of the habit of starting and not finishing books. If I read more complete books than I did last year then it will be worth it for me.

The rules as I understand them is that the books must be 48+ pages, no comics or children's books but art, poetry, and graphic novels are okay. If you want to include chapbooks bulk them together until they make 48 pages and that counts as one book.

I'll be posting with the hashtag #95books on Twitter and Goodreads.

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