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My partner, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, is also a writer, but of fiction. Here we are being interviewed as a literary couple for the Atlantic book blog The Book Fridge. It’s kind of a neat idea, asking the halves of a couple the same questions. There are a few other artistic pairings out there I’d like to hear from in this way.
Here’s me talking about Whiteout on the CBC Weekend Arts Magazine. The St. John’s launch for Whiteout is tomorrow night at the Ship!
Here’s a bit I did on CBC with The Once, the Newfoundland folk band that turned a poem from my upcoming book, Whiteout, into an incredible song. The interview ran on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day, and contains two fulls songs from their album, including the one I had a hand in, “Song for Memory”. Hope you like it!
A prominent European aphorisms site has translated a bunch of numbers from Glimpse and provided a little introduction, in Italian, on the poet. Very exciting. I lived in Italy for a while back in the 90s, and learned to speak the language. While I’m a pretty rusty speaker now, I can still read, and these translations seem quite good to my amateur eyes. Thanks to the proprietors of the site for their interest and for bringing Glimpse to a new language.
Aphorism expert James Geary seems to really like (and have gotten the tone of) my book of aphorisms, Glimpse! It’s a great vindication for a previously unknown aphorist like me. He offers a brief opinion and set of examples at the first link above. After more than a few good reviews now, I am very happy. I also really enjoy seeing which aphorisms people choose as their highlights from the collection. It’s amazing how few repeat!
George Murray is editor of the literary website Bookninja.com and author of Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms. There is a sort of casual surrealism about Murray’s aphorisms, as if it was the most ordinary thing in the world to compare worry, for example, to a playground. The metaphors are both pedestrian and astonishing, reminiscent of aphorists like Malcom de Chazal and Ramon Gomez de la Serna. The deep strangeness of the images and juxtapositions takes a while to sink in, mostly because of Murray’s deadpan delivery. Reading his aphorisms is like talking on a phone with a slight delay; you understand what’s been said a beat or so after it has been spoken. And that split-second delay, filled with thoughts and speculation, is where the wonder lies, of aphorisms in general and these aphorisms in particular. The charm of Glimpse is that so many of the aphorisms in it make you do a double take.
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.