Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Holy Order of the Sasquatch

As if I don't have enough on my plate -- writing a new book, editing books for Wolsak & Wynn, teaching here and there, various art and poetry projects -- I have started a new creative project: a cryptoreligion called the Holy Order of the Sasquatch.

Members of this benevolent Order are called Knights, and in accordance with our rites and traditions, they uphold the value of the human imagination in order to create a better world. Messages from the Holy Order will be released periodically in the form of Epistles, i.e. comic-strip pamphlets containing the teachings of Saint Bigfoot, our patron.

To learn more and become a Knight of the Holy Order of the Sasquatch, visit www.saintbigfoot.com.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

My Mail Art Project is One Year Old Today

It was a year ago today that I announced my mail art project: I will send original, hand drawn postcards to you for ten dollars each. My postcards have become more detailed and complex over the past year, but the price is still just ten bucks. Here are some samples:

To see all the post cards and to learn more about the project, click here.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Russell Smith writes about my Sunrise with Sea Monsters blog

Novelist and columnist Russell Smith has written about my Sunrise with Sea Monsters blog in his arts column in the Globe and Mail. Have a look:

A blog is a hobby; a blog is a notebook; a blog is a forum; a blog is a piece of art. A blog is unpaid, and so can rewrite our idea of what a journal is, what publication is. It reminds us that, in the age of culturecrat jargon such as “viability” and “private-public partnerships,” we can give away art entirely for free and that art can infiltrate a larger culture and therefore be worth something all on its own.
Here’s a blog I like: It’s called “Sunrise With Sea Monsters,” and it’s a project of the Canadian poet and editor Paul Vermeersch (who is also a colleague of mine in the small-press publishing trenches). It is a poetry journal: He asks poets to contribute poems whose only constraint is that they be titled Sunrise With Sea Monsters. This is the name of a rather odd 1845 painting by J.M.W. Turner, currently on display as part of a Turner show at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
To read the whole column, click here.

Monday, 7 December 2015

A new poetry blog: Sunrise with Sea Monsters

From 2010 to 2014, I curated a poetry blog called They Will Take My Island. The sole premise was that I would invite people to write a poem called "They Will Take My Island", a title taken from a painting by Arshile Gorky.

Click here to visit They Will Take My Island

My latest online project is similar, and draws its inspiration from J.M.W. Turner's painting "Sunrise with Sea Monsters", and so far contains poems by Gary Barwin, Sylvia Legris, Pearl Pirie, Michael Holmes, and James Lindsay. More to come!

Click here to visit Sunrise with Sea Monsters

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

20% Off in my Etsy Store until this Friday

Hey, it's Cyber Monday! I'm having a 20% sale on my Etsy store (not including postcards or books) from now until Friday. Just enter the coupon code LASERSALE20

Monday, 9 November 2015

Dennis Lee launches new edition of Riffs on Nov. 19th

I was honoured to be asked to write the introduction for the new edition of Dennis Lee's Riffs that is part of the Brick Books Classics series celebrating the 40th anniversary of one Canada's most venerated poetry publishers.

The launch for the new edition will take place at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto on November 19, 2015. The event will start at 7:30 and will feature a reading by Dennis Lee, after which I will interview the author and take questions from the audience. I hope to see you all there!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

When religious people come knocking at your door, do not turn them away! Consider it a business opportunity.

You don't have to be rude to religious proselytizers who come to your home to share their beliefs with you. You can invite them in, just charge them for your time. I've decided to charge $500 an hour, and I've drafted a written agreement for just such an occasion. As a public service, I'll include it below as a downloadable PDF, but here's just a taste.

Now they can try to save your soul, and you can put some money away for a rainy day. It's win-win! You can get the full document here.