Touch the Donkey supplement #62 : 7 questions on Thot-J-Bap

An interview with rob mclennan in supplement #62 of Touch the Donkey around my suite of poems published back in July. Here’s an excerpt:

Q: Tell me about the suite of poems that appear in Touch the Donkey. What is thecanadaproject, and how do you see the work-in-progress volume 2 extending or expanding upon the work of the first?

A: The suite of poems that appear in Touch the Donkey are excerpted from a sequence, “Bartholomew in the compound, the bees” and this suite of poems lies nestled in the second completed series from thecanadaproject, which is a book length poem, the heart of this journey bears all patterns, commonly known as Thot-J-Bap. The Touch the Donkey suite contains pieces of a collaborative work I’ve embarked on with the Governor General award winning scientist, Dr. Mark Winston: he’s given me access to his scientific work on the honey bee and he and I are working on a set of poems and prose readings that we’ve performed in Vancouver.

Thot-J-Bap is populated by a vast connection of characters, a sampling of which you will see in the excerpt included. The journey of Thot-J-Bap, over the course of decades, indeed, even, eons, explores an imaginary territory, Pacifica, loosely based on British Columbia and the Pacific North West/ Cascadia, as well as the cities of Toronto, Paris, Baghdad and Ahmedabad, and that exploration includes an investigation of various shibboleths: East v West, Empire v other, description v representation, and language in translation, the syntax of the fragment.”

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Ontario Poet Chris Turnbull creates visual art with THOT-J-BAP

Ontario poet and visual artist, Chris Turnbull, inscribes language into and on to objects, into the world around outside her rural home.

Here, a few photographs and comment-fragments about her process with poems from THOT-J-BAP: 

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to discover and discover and think…COOL…text…
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–laid out on a couple of boards in the garage…
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–ended up transcribing via handwriting onto the inner portion of piece of birch bark.

Chris invited me to read the entire Nous-Zot chapbook into an audio file, which Chris says “over time it will ‘replace’ the birch bark pieces, because they’ll erode and the text will change or the birch will drift in the cube.

Eventually, there’ll just be birch bark again, but your voice will be there in the qr-code format.”

Chris Turnbull’s work with THOT-J-BAP will be installed at the end of September 2016 at 4elementslivingarts.org

For more information about the Elements festival, please visit: http://4elementslivingarts.org/workshops-and-classes/2092/ 

More about the poetic and visual arts practice of Canadian poet Christ Turnbull:

New THOT-J-BAP poems in Touch The Donkey

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Delighted that new THOT-J-BAP poems will be appearing in Touch The Donkey, a poetry series published by rob mclennan.

The forthcoming tenth issue is out now and features new writing by Meredith Quartermain, Mathew Timmons, Luke Kennard, Shane Rhodes and Amanda Earl.

An interview in the Touch the Donkey supplement will run the week of Sept. 22

May 1: Thot-j-Bap with Nous-Zot press

from the long poem thot-j-bapHere’s a lovely post from Marthe Reed, publisher at Nous-Zot press, on hand-stitching chapbooks from volume 2 of thecanadaproject. An excerpt:

The tragedy of Mrs. Maria,

                  Church Street at Tyne

Outside, before train convoys—

Outside, crowded platforms

Them with arms straight, hands empty.

Outside, waving is not permitted.

Gangs of youth wander, singing,

un coup de dés, ah-ayee, ah-yee, jamais, jamais.

[We glimpsed the edge of her cherry red coat]…”

Nous-Zot press will also be having a great reading and event in Brooklyn on May 1. I can’t make it, but if you’re in the neighbourhood…

Learn more here