Category: General

This Is Not Art, This is Disaster,


Hey Everyone! I hope you are doing well today. As many of you know, I am a verrrrrrrry slow writer. I’ve been working on the follow-up to Lunatic Engine for what seems a decade already though it really has only been a couple of years. The working title for the

Black and white photo fo Jim with shades

Only Jarmusch Left Alive


I often feel like I’m the last one to know anything. The latest case in point: Jim Jarmusch’s film “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Though it was released in 2013, I only just watched it this weekend. Late at night. By myself. Isolated in the basement pending the results of a

A Still from St. Etienne's video for "Penlop" taken from stereogum.com

MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: But I’d Like to Show You, PENLOP


Hello fellow Gen-X oldsters (or other indy music fans.) Do you remember St. Etienne? Their album “Foxbase Alpha” from 1991 was one of those albums that got under your skin and became part of your synapses. Have you listened to any of their subsequent material? Doesn’t matter, you’re going to

MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: Going To A Place That’s Rotten


Some days are not awesome. Today was one of those days. Nothing truly terrible happened to me personally today, but more than one person I love did not have the best day. This is exacerbated by the fact that our environmental degradation is floating in the air, blocking out the

the cover of Typology, image taken from the Anstruther Press website

CROWS CIRCLING OVERHEAD, Holding Type to the Light


I love chapbooks. I have boxes of them. They’re like singles, like EP’s. A quick listen, enjoyment without the commitment to a full book. They are also, to switch metaphors, like details from paintings in an Art History textbook. They are deep dives, parts representing a greater whole, a way

MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: Tell me How / It’s Better When The Sun Goes Down


I’m hot. You’re hot. We’re all hot. Even when the sun goes down, there is no relief. Thanks climate change *insert eyeroll emoji here* We had a pretty busy weekend with kids graduating high school and junior high and annual general meetings of poetry festival boards and visiting our oldest

MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: Riit for National Indigenous Peoples Day


Today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day here in Canada and what is driving my creativity today is this amazing Inuk musician: Riit. Coming to us from Panniqtuq, Nunavut, Riit’s cover of AWOLNATION’s “Sail” is living on repeat, rent free in my head right now. This is a case

Stained with All The Things / I Could Make True


The title of this week’s post is a pair of lines from Jennifer Bowering Delisle’s fantastic new book, “Deriving.”. Published by the University of Alberta Press, “Deriving” is Delisle’s second book of poetry. Her first book, “The Bosun Chair,” which is described as a lyric memoir, is also fantastic and

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MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: Everything That I Can’t Run Away From


Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend Monday for those of you who live in Commonwealth countries. And happy plain old Monday for those of you who don’t. This installment of the Monday Music Video has a lot going on so buckle up. Our destination today is the new Bacxwash video for

A black and white photo of Octavia Butler

TO TAKE ROOT AMONG THE STARS


On March 5, 2021 NASA announced that it has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. This is perfect and, for those who have read her work, certainly past due. Coincidentally, I finished re-reading the two

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