Just Twelve Bars: On Adam Seelig's Every Day in the Morning (Slow)
My first problem, after reading Adam Seelig’s Every Day in the Morning (Slow), and hJust Twelve Bars: On Adam Seelig's Every Day in the Morning (Slow)
My first problem, after reading Adam Seelig’s Every Day in the Morning (Slow), and having decided to review it, involved how to curb my penchant for superlatives, chiefly because, let’s be honest, it reads as unlearned and juvenile, and secondarily because I wanted to shout that the work is orginal! breathtaking! brilliant! inspiring! when the very words have been rendered meaningless by overuse.
Ok, Every Day in the Morning (Slow) scans like poetry but claims to be fiction, or reads like fiction but sounds like monologue, or looks like nothing I’ve ever seen and reads like the voice in my head, or sounds like a poetically arranged first fiction laid out as a musical score, note to note to note across the page and breath and breath and breadth.
The physical experience of reading the book. Seated in the cafeteria at the College on lunch break, I flatten the book open on it’s spine to read the words printed at the very edge of each margin on each page. Every sentence letter and every gesture word signifies a decision—Brecht via Seelig. The space on the page leaves room for my own breath, leaves space to pay attention to the power of one word to turn meaning on its edge.
(Slow) is the opposite of the blog: There is space. There is time. There is room to consider. There are no hyperlinks. There are no distractions. There is the word and the note and the voice and the man and the woman and the father and
Not a bore never a bore a book best read in one sitting (slow). ...more
Belford is my favourite ecologically minded poet. He writes land and language and love and sex without being saccharine, sentimental, sexist or cloyinBelford is my favourite ecologically minded poet. He writes land and language and love and sex without being saccharine, sentimental, sexist or cloying. These poems have muscle, and heart. ecologue is perhaps the first in the trilogy of ecologue, lan(d)guage and Decompositions....more
An Inventory after Marguerite Pigeon's Inventory. (Anvil Press, 2009).
Legend for Categories S = Selling C = Conceptualism B = Biography P = Pages I = InterAn Inventory after Marguerite Pigeon's Inventory. (Anvil Press, 2009).
Legend for Categories S = Selling C = Conceptualism B = Biography P = Pages I = Interviews R = Reviews M = Miscellanea
Category Item S There are no customer reviews yet C Object as muse B A writer of poetry and fiction R Pigeon was recently a participant in the Studio. S Year: 2009 P Sketch of the word “Inventory” in different lettering M Possible death of the object B Editor of academic publications C Temporal, political, locational and psychic aspects S Language: English P Ants are an empire of females B Work has appeared in a variety of journals S Binding: Paperback R translated into Estonian using Babelfish and then returned to English. M Further to my last Marguerite Pigeon, I Preferably the banana? P Ant-girls in an empire of females C Francis Ponge, the French poet who considered ordinariness and objects to be (the) way to go for poetry P Sketch of card catalogue drawers C A collection of 58 object poems I I’m not really “poetic” in my daily life or anything P Sketch of an apartment block P Sketch of clothespins P Sketch of a hair dryer P Sketch of a key P Sketch of lipstick tube, open and rolled up P Sketch of mirror P Sketch of newspaper P Sketch of tea bag M My class focuses on object poetry. B Lives in Vancouver C Reciprocal relation between subjects and objects P Above it all a woman, ready to do violence S No synopsis available B and Vancouver poet and bon vivant Marguerite Pigeon drops in to read from her mesmerizing collection Inventory I/C fragility, class, and women S Publisher: Anvil Press P Sketch of mouth with tongue sticking out I My stapler. My tea bag. Myself. R The jury loved this book and would like to gesture a large congratulations to Marguerite. P push crampons into your sides like ticks, picks like mosquito proboscises, extract our bite-sized information S Dewey Decimal: 811.6 P Don’t be hyperdramatic M this tangible approach P *see also: Glacier I It sounds pretentious but it’s true: I’m reading Proust S Pages: 71 P They’re not all this accessible, of course S Books, poetry, Canadian P the elastic, rather than drawing the line, becomes it B Marguerite Pigeon appears courtesy of The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada P “Exocrine to endocrine, I The things around me—literally within reach S ISBN: 1895636973 P Bend the metal, please./Bend the metal for order. S Dimensions: 185mm x 127mm x 7mm P fatty two-by-four a-howl or ...more