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Last month, British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University announced the life work of Canadian writer and poet Adeena Karasick would be added to its Bennett Library Contemporary Literature Collection. The library purchased 20 banker’s boxes worth of Karasick’s personal and poetic papers, drafts, correspondence, journals, posters, audiotapes, and videotapes, which will be processed, inventoried, re-boxed, digitized, and stored for posterity; graduate students and researchers will have access to the work. The collection focuses on 20th century avant-garde, experimental, formally innovative, and “underground” writing in English, most of it poetry.
Below, watch a compilation of Karasick’s videopoems, featuring her notorious “I Got a Crush on Osama”; “I wrote that videopoem … at a time when the world was on a rampage looking for Osama [bin Laden] and all our news was geared towards this obsessive concern with where he was. … Sometimes you have to laugh in the face of fear to devalue it, make it less problematic … The poem is audacious, subversive, provocative, and cuts into the fabric of things. That is the role of art.”
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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