The good folks at ECW apparently recorded and posted video of our readings at the ECW Fall Lit Party on November 18. If I’d known I was being taped, I’d have likely been more professional. See below.
Archive for November, 2010
My Google news feeds picked up my name on a website called “How Pedestrian“, where they get people on the street to read poetry for short video spots. It’s a lovely idea and very well executed. All this week they’re featuring poems from my third book, The Hunter. It’s very flattering that (apparently) average people would take the risk of reading these difficult poems for a camera. That or it speaks highly of the persuasion skills of the site’s proprietors. Either way, I’m glad to be part of it all. The first two are up (the first video below), and it looks as though there’s more to come.
Four hundred and nine one-liners that send-up the concept of the aphorism, mock the wisdom of poetry and, at the same time, create memorable, eerie, mini-experiences in their own right. George Murray, Newfoundland-based poet and creator of lit website bookninja.com has given us a compelling, singular work. “Resolve to always be the last one clapping as the applause dies, and someday you’ll also be the first as it begins.” Love it! “The currency of a time without imagination is solution.” Say what?!? “The dog repays the extra long walk by rolling in twice as much shit.” I hear ya brother!
Murray is the kind of poet Canada needs way more of: a Kung Fu Buddhist who walks his own pet. Memorize just five of these nuggets of anti-wisdom and you will never, ever, ever be without something to say to the pretty person standing next to you at the party.
The Quill & Quire loves Glimpse! What a great review by Michael Lista. Time to get your copy now! Order from your local or from Amazon.ca and .com here. Makes a great Christmas gift for someone you’re trying to introduce to poetry.
George Murray’s fourth book of poetry is a selection of 409 aphorisms – those sometimes philosophic, sometimes sophomoric distillations of thought invented by Hippocrates and perfected by Yogi Berra. Murray is one of the few poets publishing aphorisms in English today, and Glimpse proves he is also one of the best.
However wonderful these aphorisms are on their own, Glimpse’s real accomplishment is in its sequencing. The page is its own unit in Glimpse: each group of five aphorisms is subtly interlocked to its page, and each page to the collection as a whole. It’s this sophisticated curation that prevents Glimpse from becoming a kaleidoscope of bon mots or a burlesque of cracking fortune cookies. Instead, we get a glimpse into the soul of a man – eloquent, wry, contradictory, profound.
I’m the Writer in Residence at Open Book Toronto this month. Check there regularly to see what I’m up to. First up: the Questionless Books Interview. I interview a bunch of disparate books people (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, nfp types, etc.) about the future of books without ever asking a question. I hope you enjoy what I’m doing there and join and comment on the site.