amongst books

amongst books

Friday, November 14, 2008

bowling, hangovers, girls kissing and werewolves

tonight’s reading at the Carleton Tavern was loads of fun, with lots of variety and jovial hijinx of readers, host and audience.

the readers will all have publications for sale at tomorrow’s small press fair.

first up was Kerra Willis, a vendor who has been at the fair for many years, selling great creations. for this reading she read from her novel in progress, a work that she is writing as part of November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where the writer tries to complete a 50,000 word novel in the thirty days of November. she explained that the novel was an antidote to the darkness of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

next was Andrew Faulkner with a beautifully wrought chapbook called Useful Knots and How To Tie Them from his brand new (still being glued together) press with Leigh Nash, “Emergency Response Unit.” I always enjoy Andrew’s word play, humour and sense of metaphor and these poems were excellent examples of such. One of the poems “Hangover” was dedicated to tomorrow morning:


Outside is a wet cigarette. Last night
is half ash, half scrambled porn.
I put what where? There’s a dead rat
in my mouth, its tail skewering the gap
near my gums. Teeth fuzzy,
fermented, near-victims of a flood
hauled up sputtering and water-logged.

The morning drags itself
across yesterday’s obituaries clutching regret
in its teeth. The stock market is one thing,
an op-ed on abolishing the penny another.
There’s a recession lurking somewhere. I’m out
or Advil. I can’t think of what to give up first.

Sean Moreland, last year’s John Newlove Poetry Recipient, read next from his chapbook Lupercalia and another poem called MetaFurr, inspired by Roland Prevost’s chapbook MetaFizz. Having worked on Sean’s chapbook for almost a year as an editor, I can’t help but be biased, but I do believe his work is very strong, full of memorable imagery, unique word play. He’s a master at setting tone. I look forward to more of his work in the future. He holds promise. And his moan for Poem of the Hanged up Man was an onomatopoeic delight reminiscent of the murmuring of innumerable bees.

Stacey May Fowles read from her novel” Fear of Fighting” (Invisible Publishing, 2008). The excerpt she read was about adolescent girls experimenting with kissing and it felt very authentic, was quite funny and entertained the audience.

Nathaniel G. Moore read last from his work in progress, Savage, his novel Bowlbrawl (Conundrum Press, 2005) and a new prose poem. He’s always a delight to hear, is a very able performer and manages to hold the audience’s attention and entertain them easily. His writing is unique and compelling, creating characters so eccentric that seem as though they couldn’t possible be plausible, and yet…it’s easy to imagine their existence: the man who makes videos of wrestlers in Savage, the professional bowler in Bowlbrawl, odd and endearing eccentrics. Somewhat like Moore himself perhaps. I hope the post-reading bowling went well.

rob did a great job organizing and hosting as usual. the place was packed and people walked away happy.

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