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For the Changing Moon: thoughts on Poems&Songs
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For the Changing Moon: thoughts on Poems&Songs
My new book is out. The official launch happens Wednesday, October 24th, 7 PM at Audrey’s Books, with special guests, Edmonton’s own Spoken Word Youth Choir, under the direction of the fabulous Gail Sobat. If you’re in our town, come on down. This is book number two, yes, only n...
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Heart Throb
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Heart Throb
We are all children of the drum. Life begins and ends to that primal one-two heartbeat, and drums have always been the most powerful of the instruments. We don’t always know that, though, don’t always consciously recognise it, any more, i suppose, than we recognise our own heart beating most of t...
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Death Tango for Three: the Podcast
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Death Tango for Three: the Podcast
Last winter, Argentinian born poet and art historian Luciana Erregue-Sacchi invited two writers – myself and the fabulous Nermeen Youssef – to join her on a quest, to encounter, perform and respond to Paul Célan’s masterpiece, the Todesfuge/Death Tango. Over the course of an inc...
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Bake Bread, Make Friends – article up at New Trail magazine
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Bake Bread, Make Friends – article up at New Trail magazine
This summer, I had the delightful task of researching and writing a little article for my alma mater,  University of Alberta. It’s the home page opener at their site, and I couldn’t be more chuffed. Our Daily Bread Now, I’m off to bake bread.
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Life + 70
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Life + 70
So, the word in trade negotiations today is that the new agreement for North America, whatever else it may entail, affirms copyright as extending for the life of the author, plus 70 years. Life + 70   I find myself wondering what that means for Indigenous communities, where the concepts of copyri...
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Boulevard Elm, after Robert Okaji’s Cedar Grove (after Wang Wei)
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Boulevard Elm, after Robert Okaji’s Cedar Grove (after Wang Wei)
Originally posted on O at the Edges: ? Cedar Grove (after Wang Wei) I sit alone among the cedars, play my guitar and hum. In this dark forest no eye spies me but the moon’s. ? My take on Wang Wei’s “Bamboo Grove,” from this transliteration copied somewhere along the way: ? alone...
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A Table, A Room, A Coffee, A Cat: How the Writing Half Lives
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A Table, A Room, A Coffee, A Cat: How the Writing Half Lives
We all know the two stereotypes of how writers live: starving in a Dickensian garret, or swanning about in a mansion, courted by the power elites. However, in Canada, in 2018, how do real writers really live? What’s ‘home’ for us? What follows is an extremely non-exhaustive exploration: I asked s...
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Washing the World, at the Poetry Foundation!
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Washing the World, at the Poetry Foundation!
The Poetry Foundation in Chicago, has published a poem of mine, Washing the World, first seen here back in 2013/14.
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Peach Blossom (after Li Po)
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Peach Blossom (after Li Po)
Originally posted on O at the Edges: Peach Blossom (after Li Po) Ask why I stay on the green mountain and I smile but do not answer; my heart rests. A peach blossom floats downstream – Heaven and earth, apart from this world. ? The transliteration on Chinese-poems.com is as follows: ? Ask m...
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Ode to Allan R
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Ode to Allan R
Another perfect day. A great day for madcap rehearsals for the massive community theatre show. But was it the power or the water utility responsible? I don’t remember, and the people i’d ask are either dead or otherwise out of touch. Anyway, the town had no water. No water is no big d...
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Night Journey (after Tu Fu)
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Originally posted on O at the Edges: Night Journey (after Tu Fu) Wind bends the grass along the road. A lonely truck passes by. Stars reach down to touch these hills and the moon drifts behind. No one will ever know my poems. I am too old and ill to work. Circling, floating, who am…
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Roast Chicken (recording)
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Originally posted on O at the Edges: ? “Roast Chicken” was first published in Kindle Magazine in December 2015, and also appeared in Gossamer: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry.  ? Roast Chicken Contemplating the afterlife of birds, I empty the carcass. My wife offers rosemary...
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terrible words
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Originally posted on Why the 3E Senate is a Silly Idea: The photo above was taken by paleoartist Emily Willoughby in 2015. It shows Harvard fossil MCZ 4371, the foot of a specimen Deinonychus. Go check out her website of paleoart here. I was a fairly typical kid of my generation; I loved to read ...
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Worm Medicine Boogie!
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Learning, day by day, about sound and video programs; spent the afternoon learning about Garageband and catching up on news of the local arts, with the talented and generous Darrin Hagen. Thanks, pal. (don’t judge him by the quality of my work, mind you). Still such a beginner. Might as wel...
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While Reading Billy Collins at Bandera’s Best Restaurant, Words Come to Me
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While Reading Billy Collins at Bandera’s Best Restaurant, Words Come to Me
Originally posted on O at the Edges:   While Reading Billy Collins at Bandera’s Best Restaurant, Words Come to Me And having no other paper at hand, I scrawl on a dollar bill, “I want to speak the language of smoke.” My invisible friend interrupts. That is a white man’s di...
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