Monday, February 11, 2013

Curious things for February 2013

I've a small flurry of good reads, promising events and updates to share (all but one poetry-minded):

Arc Poetry Magazine is striving to put poetry in young people's hands with a special, upcoming issue and an indiegogo fundraising campaign. Help get poetry into classrooms today.

Pearl Pirie contributes the engaging A Place To Hide and Seek to Canadian Poetries' ongoing Poet Secrets feature.

rob mclennan sheds light on the origins of In/Words, the little collective that could, in this profile for Open Book Ontario. It's remarkable, the breadth of poets and projects that have branched out from this unaffiliated magazine/press/reading group.

There's a reading happening in Saint Catharines on Friday, February 15th with Lindsay Cahill, Eric Schmaltz, Liz Worth & Corpusse. Brock University Press wrote a nice piece in anticipation; I'm hoping to catch this.

I review Brecken Hancock's The Art Of Plumbing and Seth Landman's A Note on the Text over at Ottawa Poetry Newsletter tonight. Seek out both from above/ground press

& finally...

From the Smithsonian, the story of a Russian father who fled Communism with his family and remained secluded in the Siberian wilderness for 40 years. When discovered by geologists in 1978, they were informed of a few news bits they'd entirely missed -- like WWII. Pretty wild.

Friday, February 8, 2013

The opposite of a shadow...

"[...] to think on their music, how it illuminates and shapes them, rising above and out of strange flows and eddies of their own peculiar hearts. A whole aspect of that person that there could be no other way of knowing. A creation of will and also a little compulsion, or maybe of no reason at all. A funny thing sometimes, somebody’s music. You get used to it, almost, but you forget that not everybody has this thing, trailing them around. Like a shadow, or maybe the opposite of a shadow..." 

~ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station, discussing the creative bond shared between friends who've contributed to her upcoming Duets Series, which you're encouraged to investigate here and here

Her insights on songwriting carry just as much traction in the realm of poetry, another craft a certain percentage of us smuggle out of ourselves, from the strangest ether of our understandings, observations and memories. Any results, perhaps laced with the sort of truths that would fall uncomfortably in our daily interactions, will be kept to a page and uncovered by only the rarest of enthusiasts. But it'll always be there, quite like a shadow, or a legacy awaiting loved ones.