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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.”
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.Friday March 17, 2017 in Meta-Talon
All the main characters in this novel are invented, except one. All the towns are real, except for New Babylon. But if such a place were to be imagined, it would be a Wild West town where gunfights are fair play and the law bans only the lawman. It is a perilous place, where the beauty of the desert landscape takes your breath away with the same power as an open blade and a gash to the throat.
On that gruesome note, we hope you enjoy this teaser, lifted from pages 36–38 of In Search of New Babylon.Thursday March 2, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Today on Meta-Talon, please enjoy a very short story from M.A.C. Farrant’s book The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice.
Annual Day happens once a year and it is never good. This year the date is March 2.Thursday February 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Migration – the movement of humans from one place to another with the intention of settling – has been top of mind in recent weeks given certain political changes and policy implementations in certain western countries, in recent months in response to the failure of state in Syria and the outflow of refugees from that region, and in recent years characterized by a heightened sensitivity to the possibility of east-west terrorist attacks. Perhaps Canada is a beacon to other states? Or perhaps we still have much learning to do? In the spirit of learning, we recommend twelve Talon books on the topic of migration, refugees, and the immigrant experience.
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