Tied to the mast
…but orange now and black

Archive for the ‘Poetry’ Category

It was built to be a stealth tank

May 13, 2010

It was built to be a stealth tank but it wanted to be a princess but no prince ever noticed it— upon shining white stallions they just rode right by Because it was a stealth tank it was too stealthy to be a princess It killed itself but nobody noticed it was too stealthy /poem […]

Hard things to look at, the poet as mystic, and Sachiko Murakami’s the Invisibility Exhibit

May 11, 2010

Last week for Influency we read Sachiko Murakami’s Governor General Award-shortlisted book The Invisibility Exhibit. The book is, as described by Jon Paul Fiorentino… …one woman’s fiercely intelligent response to one of society’s most tragic and pressing dilemmas. Murakami reveals and dismantles the rhetoric of the all-too-familiar missing woman narrative. The Invisibility Exhibit is an […]

Joy may be exhausting, but funny? political?

May 5, 2010

Not sure if this adds up yet, but I need to get to Murakami, so I’m just going to send it. —- Though there were a number of clues (the back cover comes right out and says it), on first reading it didn’t really occur to me to think of Susan Holbrook’s Joy is So […]

Jacob McArthur Mooney’s “The New Layman’s Almanac”

April 28, 2010

Ben attempts poetry criticism, take 2. This week, “The New Layman’s Almanac” by Jacob McArthur Mooney (of Vox Populism fame). ~ Reading their work, seeing them, hearing them read, hearing them interact informally with each other and the class, I got a real sense of internal coherence from the two poets we’ve so far engaged […]

My first attempt at poetry criticism: Carmine Starnino’s “This Way Out”

April 21, 2010

So I registered for Margaret Christakos‘s 8th “Influency” poetry salon, which is a ways outside of my comfort zone (though it’s proven to be pretty great). The routine is that we read a recent book by a prominent contemporary Canadian poet per week. At the salon, that poet is presented and discussed in a lecture […]