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On Not Winning April 30, 2012: The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Is it? Is it easy to face the losses? The defeats? The nominations?  Or worse, lack of nomination and defeat? Let’s face it, we live in the era of [...] by

Matrix, one, two April 30, 2012: The latest issue of Matrix, a Montreal magazine, just slid across my desk. I love when I open a magazine and am taken by a poem. In this case two poems, by two different poets. One begins, “I [...] by

In Toronto, Poets Dance April 26, 2012: Just back from a night of poetry in Toronto. One of my favourite cities on the planet, and still such a human scale. The lake. That silty, glacial light. So much thinner and pale than Montreal light. [...] by

On Lisa Robertson’s Nilling April 26, 2012: When I said in an earlier last post that I go to poetry to think, Lisa Robertson was the first poet that came to mind. Hers is a poetry that embraces doubt; that is content to extend rather than [...] by

On Memorizing Poems April 24, 2012: Earlier this month I was asked to judge the Quebec semi-finals in the Poetry In Voice competition the Griffins of The Griffin Prize set up to support the reading and recitation of poetry in high [...] by

When poets turn to fiction April 23, 2012: Why a novel, someone asked me recently. After four books of poetry, why not tell the story, such as it is, in poems. And it’s true, there is some overlap between my poetry and prose, and of [...] by

Am I My Browser? April 20, 2012: I so wish I had been able to attend the Shape Of I Conference that Bhanu has been posting about this week. Not only because I would finally like to have the discussion, and finally meet Bhanu, and [...] by

If it walks like apocalypse: Dennis Lee’s testament April 19, 2012: This morning I awoke to some heavy rhymes. I caught only the last two lines: And we plan about snacks and not washing our hands/ And the letter J. and he understands. The he, in this instance, is a [...] by

On Reading Stein April 18, 2012: Last month, thanks to Vanessa Place and the Poetry Foundation, I was able to read from Gertrude’s Stein’s Stanza’s in Meditation at the stunning home of Poetry in Chicago. To say I [...] by

What are we talking about when we talk about Lyric? April 17, 2012: I was pleased to see Kenneth Goldsmith’s elegant response to the Lyric Conceptualism Manifesto, and appreciate the easy mastery with which he contextualizes and historicizes in his usual, generous, [...] by