Archive for April, 2010

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Interview: Optimisms Project

April 26, 2010

Well, it’s not really an “interview” so much as a single question answered in 150 words. Poet Jacob Mooney started something at the Torontoist called the “Optimisms Project“, in which he asked young poets to riff on why they are, well, optimistic about the future of poetry. Unbeknownst to the readership, he also asked a few, as he then referred to us in all our disgusting, aged glory, “older” poets to participate as well. Erin Moure, yours truly, and Sina Queyras have all now done it, despite our better judgment. Mine is, initially, perhaps not as earnest as one might like, but what do you expect? I’m old. With Poetry Month coming to a close, I thought it was time to take a retrospective look. Turns out there are some smart kids out there.

I am optimistic about the future of poetry in the same way I am optimistic about the future of everything: futures exist, even if they’re right on top of our nows. If poetry exists in space and time, it is effectively immortal and will continue to thrive in at least one of our branching, bubbling, bouncing universes. If apathy, hatred, laziness, and infighting dull it in this one, a moment from now, or just a second ago, another will spring up in which it elects governments of kindly peers and turns nuclear weapons into small rabbits that smell like berry-scented shampoo.

In a more concrete sense, I have my own inner universe for poetry in which it’s totally safe, and is populated with my own constellations of thought, admiration, accomplishment, and desire. And that, in some sense, is more than enough for me. Applications to live here will not be read or vetted, but you’re still welcome.

ake “The Madman” Mooney started this thing at the Torontoist called the Optimisms Project, in which he asked young poets to riff on why they are, well, optimistic about the future of poetry. Unbeknownst to the readership, he also asked a few, as he then referred to us in all our disgusting aged glory, “older” poets to participate as well. Erin Moure, Me, and Sina Queyras have all now done it, revealing our souls for ridicule, despite our better judgement. Mine is, initially, perhaps not as earnest as one might like, but what do you expect? I’m old. With Poetry Month coming to a close, I thought it was time to take a retrospective look. Turns out there are some smart kids out there.

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Appearance: CBC’s Q

April 14, 2010

I’ll be on CBC’s arts and culture show Q tomorrow morning, broadcasting in front a live audience in St. John’s, to talk about Newfoundland culture from the perspective of an outsider (I’ve only been here four years). Should be interesting. Other panelists will be made up of local culture movers-and/or-shakers.

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Event: Reading at A.C. Hunter Library, St. John’s

April 9, 2010

I’ll be reading as part of a series run by Helen Porter at the A.C. Hunter Library in the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s. My understanding is they want a significant chunk of poetry from all five books and then a Q&A after. Long readings make me slightly queasy, so please come out and make friendly faces in the audience.

George Murray Reading
Wednesday, April 21, 7pm
AC Hunter Library
Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s (map)

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Interview: Maisonneuve

April 5, 2010

Maisonneuve has published thirteen of my aphorisms from Glimpse in their spring issue, available on newsstands now—but this interview is exclusively online at their website. The interviewer is Stephen Rowe, whose first book, Never More There, I edited for Nightwood last fall.