Gary Barwin Discusses Poets and Dogs with Open Book: Toronto
In a questionless interview with Open Book: Toronto, Coach House poet Gary Barwin – whose The Porcupinity of the Stars won a Hamilton Literary Award – muses on the similarities between dogs and that other stick-chasing species we call 'authors':
'A Writer is responsible for chasing. Affection. Saliva. Running with enthusiasm, instinct, or obligation, and returning. Sometimes. For mistaking a stick for their own tail, flying. For eating garbage, leftovers, Thanksgiving Turkeys, cellphones (dial it and it rings inside); small children.
'A Manuscript should always howl, drool, bite, and jump on the furniture.
'As opposed to a Book, which should always howl, drool, bite, jump on the furniture, but have nice typesetting.'
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