Tripwire 12 * AKA Vancouver: Writings from the Unceded Territories

My long poem, THOT-J-BAP, appears in Issue 12, of Oakland, CA’s Tripwire (David Buuck, editor) in a feature on Vancouver writers, including…

Jordan AbelGeorge BoweringLouis CabriJeff DerksenAmy D’AthMercedes EngRyan FitzpatrickSonnet L’Abbe, Danielle LaFranceChristine LeclercDonato ManciniRolf Maurerrob mclennanCecily NicholsonLisa Robertson, Stephen CollisFred WahRita Wong, and others…

…along with a special tribute to Peter Culley. Thrilled to keep this company and Unceded.

Issue Available Here

Poets Among Artists: A Revisit

Linebreak

Preparing for an Ekphrasis workshop in Surrey, recalling Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, re-reading SubTerrain’s LineBreak

“That man of collections, Henry Pearlman, beneficent, and I, visitor, happy to gaze.
That afternoon, home via the Skytrain, I sat down at my kitchen table.
Time arranged itself around a cup of tea, the poem, ‘rival trading posts,’ smoothed out and held:
in silence, the substance of uninterrupted observation, a method.
Here again, the object, with its emanations.”

Word Vancouver 2015 – Musing on the Poetic Process

Word Vancouver 2015
Image from Word Vancouver

Last but not least for events at Word Vancouver, I’ll be at Magazine Words on September 27 at 4:00pm, which features Canadian literary magazine presentations, readings, and panel discussions…

Honoured to be co-moderating the event, Musing on the Poetic Process, with Wayde Compton, and speaking with Jordan Abel, Rahat Kurd, and Jacqueline Turner

Looking forward to seeing you there…

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Poets Among Artists: Renee Saklikar on “rival trading posts” by Jordan Abel

Poets Among Artists: Renee Saklikar on “rival trading posts” by Jordan Abel

A recent essay I wrote for Line Break at subTerrain magazine. Congratulations to founder/editor Shazia Hafiz  and the folks at SubTerrain for this fascinating new online publication on art and poetry. A snippet:

This past March, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with Jordan Abel’s “rival trading posts” printed and folded inside my back pocket, I chose to view, Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, visiting us from Princeton University on loan by the Pearlman Foundation.

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That man of collections, Henry Pearlman, beneficent, and I, visitor, happy to gaze.
That afternoon, home via the Skytrain, I sat down at my kitchen table.
Time arranged itself around a cup of tea, the poem, “rival trading posts,” smoothed out and held:
in silence, the substance of uninterrupted observation, a method.
Here again, the object, with its emanations…”

Read the Piece Here

children of air india – with Daniel Zomparelli and Jordan Abel

children of air india – with Daniel Zomparelli and Jordan Abel:

Jordan Abel: I’m very interested by how, after children of air india became a book, you were able to look back on your writing process. I often find myself wondering exactly what inspired me to choose the direction that the book ended up following. For me, I think erasure was a reaction to a moment of pure frustration. I felt unable to access the richness of the intersection between my life and Barbeau’s text. And, as a result, I felt an overwhelming desire to silence Barbeau’s interpretation of history. That, of course, began with me erasing parts of his writing, which was a process that I attempted to continue throughout the rest of the project.

I was wondering, once you found your way into the Air India / Canada narrative, what processes sustained your writing?”

– The Conversant