Saturday, 11 April 2015

Rob Taylor of PRISM International interviews me about Don't Let It End Like This...

PRISM's poetry editor Rob Taylor recently interviewed me about my new book. Here's a bit from Taylor's introduction:

Goodness, it’s quite a book. Apocalyptic in its concerns, Don’t Let It End…gets at its big questions through poems written within various formal restraints (glosas, erasure poems, found poems, and more). 
The biggest of its questions, though, seems to originate outside the book itself. In the Ted Hughes poem “Gog“, which inspires the opening section of Don’t Let It End…, the speaker asks, “What was my error?” Vermeersch’s book takes off from that moment, that question: the error committed, the apocalypse upon us (or, at least, inevitable). Throughout Don’t Let It End…we are always looking back, probing, searching, for the root cause of the mistake. 
The answer seems to come a few lines later in “Gog”:“I do not look at the rocks and trees, I am frightened of what they see” 
The error was made because we were too afraid to look at the world, and at what we were doing. But now, Vermeersch insists, he will look, and we are invited to look with him. To sift through the rubble and see the error that was there all along.
Read the entire interview here

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

No Ceremony: An Art Show

I'll be included in a group art show at Milk Glass Gallery opening April 30th and running until May 3rd. It's a short run, so mark your calendars. I'm joining artists Kimikimo, Justin Peroff, Talwst, and Hieram in this show, for an eclectic, energetic, non-themed exhibition.

Music for the opening night will be courtesy of Brendan Canning.

RSVP via Facebook.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Readings in March

I have three readings this month, with appearances in Kingston, Toronto, and Ottawa. Details below: 

MARCH 17, 2015 
1pm - 2:30pm
Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane

MARCH 22, 2015

260 Ryding Avenue, Toronto
I'll be reading with novelist Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Details here

MARCH 29, 2015


Pressed Cafe, 750 Gladstone Street 
I'll be reading with Dennis Cooley, Frances Itani, and Steven Artelle. Details here.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Jonathan Ball reviews Don't Let It End Like This Tell Them I Said Something for the Winnipeg Free Press

Thanks to Jonathan Ball for this thoughtful take on my latest book.  

"The true test of poems like these, many of which are composed by erasing or composting other poems, is whether or not the trace of the originals is lost and their text reclaimed in some way that feels both original and inevitable. At their best, Vermeersch's lines reach out like a reckoning storm.

Read the entire piece here.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Platform Reading Series: February 5th

I'll be reading with fellow faculty and students from the U of T's School of Continuing Studies in the Platform Reading Series on February 5th.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Chatting with Susan Gillis about my new book.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the poet Susan Gillis briefly about my new book for her blog Concrete & River. Here's a sample of what we talked about:

SUSAN GILLIS: What brought you to poetry? Or, if you prefer, what brought poetry to you?  
PAUL VERMEERSCH: I think it starts with colouring books. I always hated colouring books. Blank paper was always better. When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was draw, to create my own images. Colouring books demanded orthodoxy, an adherence to a prescribed pattern and colour palette. But I wanted to play, to explore! When I got older I discovered that you can make art using language instead of crayons or paint. I tried writing songs. I tried writing stories. They didn't seem to fit, but eventually you just grow into things. I think I grew into poetry the same way I grew into my father's hand-me-down leather jacket. I started writing poems because they fit me best, and I discovered that I liked reading them best, too. All art forms are a kind of hand-me-down, I think. They come from the past. They are given to us, and they have traditions associated with them, but we have to decide what to do with them next.

Read the entire conversation here.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Postcards / Mail Art

Here's my new project for the new year. I'll be doing mail art. For ten bucks, I will send you an original hand-drawn postcard. See here for details.