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Free Download: My first book

March 20, 2020

My first book, Carousel, was published 20 years ago right about this time. It was well received in reviews and sold pretty well, but hasn’t been seen on shelves in about 15 years. In prepping a selected edition that’s forthcoming, I reread all my old books and forgot how precocious and bad and great this one was. I kind of love the kid who wrote it. Fearless and dumb. I’ve lost contact with the original press, but they never gave me a contract or paid me anyway, so I’ve decided to re-release the book as a PDF for free download from this site. This book is so old, the original files I created it in won’t open in my word processor, so I had to retype it from scratch. Perfect distraction for the end-times of Covid-19, etc. Anyway, if you’re stuck at home and want to see the sort of thing a brash, 27-year-old kid wrote back at the turn of the century, this is the book for you! Click on the link below and it should download a PDF to your machine.




Publication: The Walrus

April 10, 2019

Forgot to post this a long time ago. My Muppet poem at The Walrus.




Publication: Short Circuits

May 30, 2018

There’s a follow-up to the aphorism collection Short FlightsShort Circuits drops this spring with a wider definition of what constitutes an aphorism. Lots of good stuff in here, including myself, Richardson, Rankine, Simic, Hirshfield, Manguso, and others.


Article: Dungeons & Dragons

February 12, 2018

Here’s an article I wrote on parenting and Dungeons & Dragons. One of the more personal things I’ve ever written, but it’s doing well enough at The Walrus’s website that they decided to put a slightly shorter version into the April print issue. Hope you enjoy.














Residency: Memorial University

December 21, 2017

My partner Elisabeth de Mariaffi and I will share the post of Writer-in-Residence this winter at Memorial University’s department of English (January to the end of April). A great chance to engage with the community there.

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Review: James Geary

December 21, 2017

James Geary, who is probably the world’s most recognizable and popular expert on the aphorism, has posted a nice review of QUICK on his eponymous website. I had the opportunity to perform with Geary this spring at the first International Conference on the Aphorism in Hartford, CT.

“The idea and experience of epiphany is perhaps the best organizational principle through which to approach George’s work. His aphorisms are carefully distilled tinctures, administered with pinpoint accuracy and utmost efficacy across a wide range of issues and concerns, including the subject of epiphanies… Quick rewards readers with memorable insights and imagery, delivered with grace and precision.”


Residency: Landfall Trust

September 29, 2017

This fall I was the Landfall Trust Writer in Residence at beautiful Kent Cottage in Brigus, NL. It’s a gorgeous unique spot that you should visit if you ever get the chance. The cottage is off-grid and perched out away from town on the edge of cliff overlooking the bay. If you peer closely, you can spot it in this photo I took from a nearby hill.


Interview: The Overcast

July 18, 2017

Here’s a little review of QUICK/interview with me in the alt paper The Overcast.

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Tweeting QUICK

June 23, 2017

I’m not much of a Twitter guy, but I’ve been Tweeting out a few lines a day from QUICK, working towards Tweeting one from each page of the book! That’s 1/5th of the entire thing! If you like what you see, please follow and Retweet!

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How a Poem Moves

May 15, 2017

Poet and professor Adam Sol’s How a Poem Moves project is looking at Diversion this week. It’s a very good close reading that really gets the book.

 Since I started working on this blog I’ve known that I wanted to write about George Murray’s Diversion, but I’ve had a problem because most of the poems are well over 30 lines long. For the sake of keeping my essays readably short, I’ve tended to stick with shorter pieces. And so finally I asked George’s permission to use just a section from one of the poems – you won’t get the full picture here, but I hope you can get a sense of how the poems move, and that it will encourage you to dive more deeply into this funny, inventive, often disturbing collection.