Hope you can join me at Word Vancouver on September 27 at 1:45pm for Underground Words + Art, where there will be comics and chapbook readings, panels discussions, and workshops:
THE REVOLVING CITY is a collection of poetry and short poetic essays where the physical, historical, cultural and linguistic grounds of the urban experience are examined by each poet’s reflection on their own work. The book is co-edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar. You can hear them both authors speak about the making of the book on Waxed Poetic, the long running poetry show on Vancouver Co-op Radio:30 | Vancouver Co-op Radio
A note of thanks: many thanks to everyone who attended our book launch, hosted by SFU Public Square in collaboration with Lunch Poems at SFU and The Writer’s Studio. Over a hundred guest participated in our reception which included an enormous celebratory cake, book table with our publisher Anvil Press, and readings by Joanne Arnott, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Fred Wah, and Betsy Warland. These poets read beautifully, with George Bowering bringing down the house as he read the late Jamie Reid’s poem, “Prayer.” SFU President Andrew Petter opened the event, and the co-founder of Lunch Poems at SFU, Shauna Sylvester, hosted a memorable evening. Deep gratitude to the discerning brilliance of co-editor, Wayde Compton, the precision organizational skills of Robin Prest, Kim Gilker, from our Lunch Poems team and of course, a thousand thanks to our managing editor Monica Miller.
The Life-Long Poem
We call everything from T.S. Eliot‟s Waste Land (maybe 16 pages) to Louis Zukofsky‟s ‘A’ (some 800 pages) “long” poems; what distinguishes the life-long poem (to use Robert Kroetsch‟s term) is not necessarily—at least not only—its length, but the length of time over which it is composed, and the extended period over which it makes its appearance in print. Life-long poems typically take decades to write, and are typically published serially, as multi-volume projects. Thus they implicate a certain degree of commitment—from their authors, but also from their publishers, and even readers—as well as engaging the work and its participants in a process of deferral: the poem one reads, piece-meal, is understood as provisional, incomplete in its particular manifestation, with more of it to come—even possibly its hypothetical completion—in future manifestations.
The Barricades Project, the Life-Long Poem, and the Politics of Form
Notes towards a Prospectus
Meet and chat with local authors, with books available for purchase and signing (did someone say Christmas gift ideas?)
the Gumboot Girls
Anneke Van Vliet
George Stanley – After Desire
Renée Sarojini Saklikar – children of air india
Geoff Berner – Festival Man
Location: 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Time: Sunday Dec 15th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Teck Gallery, Harbour Centre, SFU downtown
Lunch Poems at SFU is an SFU Public Square program, connecting the city with poets –
a great place to bring your lunch and your questions about poetry. There’s always a Q & A after the reading.
The light in the gallery is beautiful, the vibe is friendly and relaxed.
And we always end on time.
For over two years I’ve been lucky to volunteer with a great group of poetry-lovers at SFU
(I helped co-found the series with Shauna Sylvester)