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The Danforth Review finds a rare achievement in Troubled

By Tara-Michelle Ziniuk
The Danforth Review
February 1 2009

Thought to be transference, poet RM Vaughan opens himself to long for his psychiatrist. The doctor reciprocates. What unfolds in the situation, and Vaughan's poetic account thereof, Troubled, is a heart-wrenching and career-hindering abuse of power. Troubled marries Vaughan's rightful feelings of vengeance with those of a decade-later's forgiveness and will to move forward.

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Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip launches in Berkeley

Mar 7

On Saturday, March 7, Lisa Robertson launches Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, a collection of previously unpublished verses, essays, confessions, reports, translations, drafts, treatises, laments and utopias. The event will be held at historic Moe's Books on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Joining Robertson will be influential West Coast language poet Rae Armantrout, whose latest title is Versed.

Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip book launch

Location: 
Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
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The Dominion hails the advent of Jeramy Dodds

By Robert Kotyk
The Dominion
January 28 2009

The title of Jeramy Dodds's Crabwise to the Hounds suggests a connection to circuitousness (crabwise) and surrealism (ditto), but the result is an unambiguously confident debut collection from a rich new Canadian poet. If one of the creatures from a Marcel Dzama watercolour got its paws on some John Ashbery, the result might sound like Dodds, whose voice is unmistakably local though far from provincial.

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Bookninja posts audio interview with Jordan Scott

Bookninja.com features an audio interview with / reading by Jordan Scott, author of blert, a volume of poetry that explores the stutter.

Listen to it at http://www.bookninja.com/?page_id=4938. And while you're at it, why not download an excerpt from the book?

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Calgary round table with Sina Queyras and Lisa Robertson

Feb 26

On Thursday, February 26, Sina Queyras (Expressway) and Lisa Robertson (Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip) participate in a round table discussion at the University of Calgary. Subject TBA.

Plus, catch the poets that evening, reading at TRUCK gallery! Click here for details.

U of C round table poetry discussion

Location: 
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW Social Sciences 1015
Calgary, AB T2N1N4
Canada
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David McGimpsey on The Next Chapter

The podcast from David McGimpsey's January 17 appearance on The Next Chapter is now available from CBC Radio's web site.

Download it here: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/nextchapter_20090117_10990.mp3.

Click here to read an excerpt from McGimpsey's Sitcom.

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Broken Pencil notes Troubled

Troubled by RM Vaughan
By Angela Hibbs
Broken Pencil
October 1 2008

RM Vaughan's latest collection of poetry works on the tensions between betrayed and traitor. Telling the story of a therapist crossing the lines between therapist to become the speaker's lover with romance and tension and the added drama of Vaughan revealing in the endnotes that the case is autobiographical, this collection is potent and memorable. One particularly haunting piece is that of the letter Vaughan writes to the defence's legal counsel, with the therapist's name blacked out.

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Broken Pencil on Jordan Scott's art of stuttering

From Broken Pencil, Issue 41. By Erin Kobayashi.

If Jordan Scott's stutter magically disappeared and he continued to play soccer and rugby, his life could be very different right now. Fortunately, Scott's stutter stuck around. And as luck would have it, he broke his kneecap at 19 and was forced to stay inside for the summer. It was during that recovery period when Scott began to take his first serious stabs at poetry.

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Christian Bök and Rachel Zolf at Small Press Traffic in San Francisco

Feb 20

Catch the best in Canadian avant-garde poetry on February 20 with an evening spotlighting Christian Bök (Eunoia, Crystallography) and Rachel Zolf (Human Resources) at Small Press Traffic in San Franciso.

Coach House at Small Press Traffic
featuring Christian Bök and Rachel Zolf
Friday, February 20, 2009

Location: 
Timken Lecture Hall
California College of the Arts 1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA
United States
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Christian Bök on Breakfast Television Calgary

Christian Bök (Eunoia, Crystallography) will appear on CityTV's Breakfast Television in Calgary on Tuesday, January 13. Tune in for a rare chance to catch the poet, renowned for his masterful performances, in the audio-visual medium!

http://www.citytv.com/calgary/tvshows_14388.aspx.

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