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Ekphrasis Strikes Again!

The Guinness Book of Records probably doesn't have a category for it, but a group of writers and artists in Toronto has likely set a record for the longest-running, largest-scale collaboration anywhere between writers and visual artists. This eighth annual National Poetry Month exhibition and reading on April 26 features visual art by studio members of the Women's Art Association of Canada and associated poems by the Long Dash group. Some poems are responses to paintings or photographs; others share a common set of images or emotions. Similarly, some of the visual art is created, or altered, in response to poems.

Nik Beat, Dead at 58

Nik Beat, a well-known figure in Toronto's music and literary scenes, died yesterday at 58. His given name was Michael Barry, but his chosen name reflected his hipster stance and determination to avoid conformity.

eyeScapes: an ekphrastic reading and exhibition

The headline may have you asking "What the heck is ekphrastic"? It's the technical term for writing (usually poetry) created in response to visual art.
Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" may be the most famous example, but many poets have found inspiration in painting, sculpture, and photography. Symbols, layering, suggestions and nuances are common to poetry and visual media. There's, not incidentally, a long list of poets who also create visual art -- in Canada, Joe Rosenblatt, Bill Bissett, and the late PK Page come to mind.

The World's Longest-running Ekphrastic Collaboration?

The headline may have you asking "What the heck is ekphrastic"? It's the unwieldy technical term for writing (usually poetry) created in response to visual art.
Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" may be the most famous example, but many poets have found inspiration in painting, sculpture, and photography. Symbols, layering, suggestions and nuances are common to poetry and visual media. There's, not incidentally, a considerable list of poets who also create visual art -- in Canada, Joe Rosenblatt, Bill Bissett and the late PK Page come to mind.

Rob Ford and the Danger of a Single Story

First, let me clarify a couple of things. Part of my title (the danger of a single story) is stolen from the brilliant African writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. If you haven't already seen her TED talk with the same title, you should. It's at http://blog.ted.com/2009/10/07...). Second, I'm no fan of Rob Ford. I think he's an embarrassment to Toronto, his antics turning what purports to be a "world class" city into an extension of Etobicoke, and his whole persona is a deception. He offers himself as a friend of the working stiff, and a penny-pincher; but he was born to privilege, drives a Cadillac Escalade (badly), and appears to be his own gravy train.

Fifth Annual Large-scale Collaboration between Poets and Artists

Year Five of a Unique Collaboration
(Toronto, Ontario) Sunday, April 29, 2012 will feature the fifth year in which an unusual collaboration between Toronto artists and poets has produced an exhibition and reading. The venue, the Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC), which is housed an elegant Victorian duplex on Prince Arthur St., last year reached its 125th anniversary. “Toward Balance: Conversations in Poetry and Art” features the work of 11 artists, all of whom rent studio space in the east half of the WAAC, and the seven poets who form the Long Dash writing group.

Poetry, Memes and John Pike

Most people with a Facebook account or one eye on the Internet have by now seen the infamous and viral-in-nothing-flat video of campus police "officer" Lt. John Pike pepper-spraying non-violent, silent protestors sitting on the ground at the University of California at Davis. Pike, a swaggering couch potato of a rent-a-cop with an unfortunately pubic red beard, is all decked out in tactical riot gear, and so "threatened" by the protestors that his visor is up.

Harper is Our Muse: the Mini-Mag!

Finally launched (after much procrastination on the editor's part; that would be me)! "Harper is Our Muse."
A mini-web-mag in a blog that shows just how inspiring a leader Stephen Harper is to Canadian poets (including Penn Kemp, Poet Laureate of London). With any luck, we'll get denounced in Hansard.

Go to: http://jought.wordpress.com and check it out. Warning: may offend Tories and others with no sense of irony. If you're not looking forward to more years of Harperism, share this; come and comment; toast our poets.

Blatchford vs. Layton

Ever since National Post columnist Christie Blatchford published her dismissal of Jack Layton's final letter to the public, calling it "vainglorious", reactions have, to say the least, varied. Some praise her for being objective or state that she has a valid neo-con point of view, and they're sick of all the liberal/social democrat hype about Layton.

Ford, Atwood, Toronto

Now that the dust has begun to settle on the great Doug Ford-inspired "Margaret Atwood? I don't even know who she is" comment, it's time to consider the entrails of this media bird.
I imagine you know who is pictured in the image on this blog, but then, being an Open Book reader, you're no average citizen--- you already have a declared interest in writing.

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