Everybody always talks about poetry, but nobody ever does anything about it.

Recommend me some books of Canadian poetry to read. Ideally, shorter books that "cohere" in a more explicit way than "a bunch of poems put in a compelling order". Also, perhaps, books that I "should have read already", in that cocktail party sense of "books people have talked about". But really anything. Or, anything I'm likely to find in U of T's library.

Note to self

I don't want to be one of those poets who is thinking about something or feeling a certain way and then sits down to write a poem thinking, well, that's what I'm going to try to put into the poem.

"Like many, I enjoy contemplative, epiphany-seeking poetry" begins a new guest post over chez Lemon Hound, but happily it quickly moves on to other possibilities for poetry. Still, it is hard to imagine an opening to a blogpost that would be more calculated to make me run screaming.

There is a Flarf vs. Conceputal Writing tourney happening at the Whitney in NYC soon, which might have coincided with a handy time to visit the homeland for a bit, but it doesn't look like I'll be getting down there, and perhaps it is "sold out"? Ah well. Nico Vassilakis has a vispo exhibit going on for a while there, and I might manage to catch that, though I doubt I'll be down for his reading. To be in NYC at a time other than summer or Christmas, when poetry is actually happening, how odd will that be?

I'm just trying to ease back into the blogging thing, folks, don't mind me.


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