Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday poem #25 : nathan dueck : APOSTROPHE: O READER

   O reader of style, I’ll digest typeset,
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   ink     drop    let’s  post  phe,

   O reader of stylo - you'll congest print --
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   O reader of stylus: We’ll egest script.
   We'll urge re.gurg.i.ta.tion; or yearn fr.
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Forced to relinquish the manual typewriter, nathan dueck turned to Courier New in a fit of nostalgia. His previous book, king’s(mère), interprets Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King’s biography as prose poetry. He has placed poems in Canadian Literature, CV2, & Rampike. “Apostrophe: O Reader” is from he’ll, a book forthcoming from Pedlar Press (Fall 2014).

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday poem #24 : Hugh Thomas : Juvenile Ode

In a long widow thirst stuck,
from Jordan's midst red and growing,
and with ivy crowned the impossible person's
      silver-armed trap.

Foot sparks tankless in swamp.  A museum of natural history
flourishes in freedom.  Like fish-flies
trees' crooked roots go out of tune and love
      scrambles away.

Horses' wild flight his late cup
fluttering out of the frost, as
lying days came in a crowd to bathe their clocks
      in the evening light.

Believed by no one, having seen a geyser
shoot from the stone brook like T. and know
something forgotten under his innermost skin
      listing towards hope.

Hugh Thomas is a Canadian poet and translator.  He teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick --Fredericton.  Three chapbooks of his poetry are available: Mutations, published by BookThug, Heart badly buried by five shovels, published by Paper Kite Press, and Opening the dictionary, published by above/ground press. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday poem #23 : Ken Belford : The sense bearer

        Something happens but
conceptual irony turns up
in isolation. Not bound by
the authority of content or
obliged by the feudal, subjects
I like resist irony because
irony’s about the rat race.
Trying to talk about contempt,
the self-gratifying bully is
too much of a bad thing. He’s
overmuch and woundy, and
not an authority. To take irony
seriously isn’t possible. It’s not
the story of a sense bearer, or
even the invocation of a figure.
Irony isn’t a dream or an in-joke.
Adapt if you are obliged, but
this is the real Belford, except
the sarcastic authority isn’t mine.

        The problem with irony is
it isn’t worth taking seriously.
It’s very something. At first
it carries the whip hand of
authority into the future, then
poses for meaning. This is the
antagonistic argument cranky
men use to explain their hate.
It isn’t fairly accountable and
has nothing useful to say.
I’m the immaterial plural,
a variant best reviewed when
not named, for I am changed
and colourful and unrelated to
the Erl’s of the world. Someday
soon we will come to the end
of the age of irony and it will
no longer be easy to go along
with. This is it. To be for irony is
to surrender to the loss of hope.

        There are reasons to be optimistic
rather than the other way around.
Living roots are like eyes in the wild
and are not that different from talking
trees. They are made of signals that
honour light and touch. But a word
of caution: intelligence is biased and
made of memory forms, a series of
successive new tissues taking place,
unfolding in time, and stored on top
of the old. They are unfolding waves
of separate functions, and they flow
through all networks, and all neural
layers while taking different forms,
and do not remain stationary while
cancelling memories of the ongoing,
but keep an eye out to the foregoing
and the wide reading of expressions
that are not in need of explanation.

Ken Belford lives in Western Canada; not in Vancouver, not in Calgary, and not in Edmonton, not even on the coast, but in the BC interior, with his remarkable partner, Si. His most recent books are lan(d)guage (Caitlin Press, 2008), decompositions (Talonbooks, 2010), and internodes (Talonbooks, 2013). The poem “the sense bearer,” reproduced here, is from an as-yet unpublished book-length manuscript. He is 68, and still beautiful, still creative, still dangerous.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tuesday poem #22 : Deborah Poe : Proun (first)


You seek a mobile home in him, yet space rises before you; you linger in the rift.

A patriarch pulls down the truck bed.

A house with rock wall beside the lake distracts the beads.

You look through glass and see nothing shorter.

Boundaries contrast what in the ru(i)n, thin delicate lines, narrow enough to act as string?

House the song, dissonance mitigated, certain things kept away.

You don’t have to bridge the distance. What falls from the hands.


Chord and boundary might be said to complement one another.

Then they’re Alaska.

The girl, regressed, stands on bow, silences the glacier.


Hurricane remainders blow down makeshift beds.

Cats manifest a disheveled electric.

Tarps, plastic bags, branches—separated but free.

You understand the contradiction by watching wind whip across the land, then turn your back to the window.

Deborah Poe’s books include Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008), Elements (Stockport Flats 2010), Hélène (Furniture Press 2012), and the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats Press 2013). She has several published chapbooks, most recently Keep (above/ground press 2012). Deborah co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang 2012). Her writing has recently appeared in Handsome, Coconut, Shampoo, and Denver Quarterly. For more, please visit www.deborahpoe.com.

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