Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Unicorn Sonnet without guns, cats, laser eyes, or rainbows

My friend and collaborator Craig Conley has posted a prose poem sonnet of mine about springtime and unicorns. (I know….) But it's not what you think. Really.

It's here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two musical settings of the same poem from Moon Baboon Canoe

In my new book, Moon Baboon Canoe, I have a poem entitled Song ("Old Mother.")

I've set this poem to music twice, each time completely differently. I wrote a version (with water sounds and tin whistles) as part of music for a dance piece (which included a setting of Rilke) by Project in Motion in New Mexico. This setting was lyric and very water based. (The show was called "Aqua.") It's here:


The second setting is spooky and shamanistic, but created with voice synthesis and drum sounds.


I like both versions and find it really interesting how a single poem can have such a different effect.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Oursonata: Ursonatathingallurtogetheruratonce.

I was listening to Eric Schmaltz's great autotuned version of Christian Bök's performance of Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate and it occurred to me to wonder what a bunch of simultaneous performances of the work would sound like.


Here are brilliant performances by Christian Bök, Anat Pick, Christopher Butterfield, and Jaap Blonk of the beginning of the Ursonate all played at the same time. Accidentally, there was some processing that occurred—it's particularly noticeable on Christian's version—but the robots want the poetry they want, so I left it. And it sounded pretty interesting. (All of the performances are taken from Ubuweb.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

InterNaPwoWriMo 2014: We paint with words that aint.

Of course you've ajarred your calendoors because it's InterNaPwoWriMo again (International Pwoermd Writing Month agon.) So all the pwoermad pwoermdists are firing up the p.www.oermd and wwwwriting pwoermds, which is, which are, one word poems which exist without titles.

I can hear the greif-strrickken cries of autocorrects all over the wwwworld. They know it aint so, but it is: we paint with words that aint but make them so. Just so.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Some upcoming events and "Offcentre Arts and Creativity Workshops."

Here are some upcoming events that I doing. Readings and workshops. And I get to go to the Yukon, which I'm very excited about. I've never been to the Canadian north (Thornhill doesn't count.)

Friday, April 4, noon
Central Library, Hamilton Public Library
55 York Boulevard, Hamilton
Gary Barwin with the Hess St Band and Choir.

Monday, April 6, 4pm-6pm
Danforth/Coxwell Library
1675 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Wild Words: a writing workshop for teens

April 22-26, various
Whitehorse and Haines Junction, Yukon
(various locations TBA)
Yukon Writers Festival and Yukon Young Authors Conferenc
(Readings and workshops for adults and teens)

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30
Epic Books
226 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON
Reading hosted by Gary Barwin
with Amy Kenny, Benny Langedyk, and Kevin Spenst

Mondays, May 5—June 9, 6:30-9:30 (weekly)
James North Gallery
328 James St. N., Hamilton
OffCentre Arts & Creativity Workshops
Poetry Makers’ Lab (poetry writing workshop)
$200 for six weeks.

Wednesday, June 18, 7pm,
Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, 
Reading: Gary Barwin & Ellen Jaffe


The image above, by Tor Lukasik-Foss is one side of our postcard flyer for our new Offcentre Arts & Creativity Workshops venture. We (together with Lisa Pijuan-Nomura) are creating an alternate school for arts in Hamilton. Here's the other side of the flyer. It's just a draft and there are no dates for the events, but it gives you an idea.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Library of the Invisible

The Biblioteca Invisibilis is an online catalogue/anthology of blank or erased books. On the site there is a call for entries: if you have a blank, empty, or erased book project, you could submit it to the site. They are interested in creating an online library of these 'invisible books.' The above image is my entry.

more from "The Wild and Unfathomable Always"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Video: Inside Stephen Harper

Inside Stephen Harper
A video based on a poem from my book
Moon Baboon Canoe (Mansfield Press, 2014)