in reverse chronological order and briefly
Ron Sexsmith at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Saturday, August 19 plus Ridley Bent, Eliza Gilkyson and The Sadies..woo hoo! Go to my music blog if you want to read more on Ron et al.
above/ground press Lucky Thirteen at the Mercury Lounge on Friday, August 18: highlights for me—the soon-to-be-wed (to James Moran) Anita Dolman: her story poems were mesmerizing and haunting. I miss hearing her read. Hope she does it more again!
Stephen Brockwell: a reprise of "Whip Lightning," comparing a lightning tattoo to the mark of cat-o-nine-tails. (a whispered ooo is allowed here, isn’t it?) From Purdyesque (above/ground press, "Ingredients For Certain Poems By Al Purdy." His humourous poem 13 Congratulations for Things Above Ground to commemorate the anniversary was great. He had the whole audience laughing over the notion that the letter carrier makes more money delivering poems than the poet makes creating them. The pièce de résistance was feature Phil Hall who, among other things, made mincemeat of clichés. The only word I can really think to describe this poet’s reading is “loving.” You simply have to buy “An Oak Hunch and while you’re at it, get the above/ground press chapbook just published: “Pronounced or Baby Pictures of the Country Stars.” Heck…go get all of his books! See rob mclennan's blog entry for a much more thorough description of the festivities and hijinx.
Synaesthesia at the Arts Court Theatre on Thursday, August 17: I was in this, as part of Last Tracks, Songs to Listen to Before You Die. Had fun, other readers were beautiful and inspiring. Take a look at Dusty Owl Kate Hunt’s blog about this.
This week I’m looking forward to Andrew Steinmetz at the Tree, Reading Out Loud-A Celebration of GLBT Literature at Venus Envy, the music of Rozalind MacPhail and Andrea Simms Karp of the Vanity Press at Rasputins. See you at some/all of these?