Poet Jeramy Dodds speaks to the Arthur (his alma mater, Trent University's paper) about Crabwise to the Hounds ('It is both my oldest work and my newest, due to an unrestrained addiction to editing'), the influence of southern Ontario landscapes on the images in his book and more. But don't get your hopes up -- Dodds saves his writing advice for 'highly-motivated shut-ins or terrorists.'
Gary Barwin (Raising Eyebrows, Outside the Hat) is interviewed by Sina Queyras (Lemon Hound) in a new post on her poetry blog. Barwin talks about his rather uncanny visual art and signs off with a complementary poem.
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.
Happy April, Coach House friends! Some guy may have thought it cruel, but we're pretty sure that if he had known about National Poetry Month he'd have been into it — we sure are! In fact, to celebrate National Poetry Month, for the month of April we're discounting all of our backlist poetry titles by 30% (so everything but our three recently launched Spring 2014 poetry titles).
Poet Sina Queyras, whose new collection MxT launched this spring, discusses form, critical discourse, and the state of Canadian poetry with fellow poet Adam Sol in the April 2014 issue of Quill & Quire.
Coach House Books is putting the 'CH' in 'Kaffeeklatsch' this year. Starting in February, our coffee room will host a monthly Coach House Kaffeeklatsch! Not so much writers' workshops (there are already plenty of excellent writing workshops in Toronto) but talks and conversations with publishers and authors about the more practical aspects of being a writer and working in book publishing.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council of the Arts, the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Media Development Corporation for our publishing activities.