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Monday, July 07, 2008

hot ottawa voices - tuesday, july 8, 2008

@ the Tree Reading Series, 8pm, in its new location: Arts Court, 2 Daley Ave, 2nd Floor, Library
licenced too...

i'm reading along with Pearl Pirie and Roland Prevost. i always thought it was hot ottawa voices because of how we all melted in the basement of the Royal Oak II on Laurier, but apparently that's not it. it's for writers who haven't yet had a full collection published. i think this is the third year of its existence, but you'd have to check with Dean, the director, to know for sure.

my long poem, the Sad Phoenician's Other Woman (above/ground press, 2008) is a response to/celebration of Robert Kroetsch's "The Sad Phoenician," which I've mentioned before. Nothing like a snow storm, a fever and a good book of poetry to get you through. The Completed Field Notes is such a book. My poem is too long to read in one sitting (standing?), so i've been reading it all over town...the first bit at the A B Series in March, two more bits at open mics at the Dusty Owl and at Tree, and now I will read the final portion at Tree, breaking in the new venue with some lascivious prose poetry.

To quote Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast: "if the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact."

if you're in town and feel like checking out Tree's new would be lovely to see you at the reading or to hear you read at the open mic and apparently...there will be libations...

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