My panic whenever reviewing poetry can be explained with a story once told to an interviewer by Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. For an unauthorized lyric sheet, the band’s Japanese label had transcribed her indecipherable singing into English lines like, 'Hit me with your airplane / I don’t mend no fence / Yeah, baby, I’m a mud dancer.' Poetry criticism’s failure, I’ve always thought, is that it runs at a similar interpretive deficit as Japanese music industry interns pitted against Scottish post-punks singing in doggerel.
David McGimpsey (Sitcom), writer of knee-slapping, rhymed-and-metred poems about such pop culture legends as the Fonz and Mary Tyler Moore, is currently the 'indie artist in residence' at Broken Pencil magazine.
The National Post's Mark Medley interviews Jeramy Dodds, who discusses the lengthy process behind Crabwise to the Hounds as well as the connection between writing and working as a research archeologist:
'It seems to me like there's some sort of interpretation that occurs in reverse order,' he says. 'These poems are being built up of all this junk, really. Junk from the language.'
Despite my abiding conviction that a moratorium should be placed on poems about Glenn Gould (whose frequent appearance in Canadian poetry has made him into something of a verse cliché), I feel bound to admit that Jeramy Dodds imbues the clutch of Gould poems in his first collection with the same idiosyncratic brilliance that the famed concert pianist injected into his own art.
RM Vaughan (Troubled) reads on Thursday, November 13 at Rust Belt Books in Buffalo, New York. Vaughan will be joined by Richard Owens (Delaware Memoranda) and Jose Felipe Alvergue (us look up / there red dwells). The event will be followed by a short Q&A. Refreshments will be served.
RM Vaughan in Buffalo
with Richard Owens and Jose Felipe Alvergue
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen Street
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