Friday, 24 November 2017

A poem for Giorgio Moroder

For the West End Phoenix launch party last night, I was invited to select a song that was in the charts during the week of November 23, 1977 and write a poem in response to it. Other writers chose songs from 1947 to 2007 and did the same. I chose Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," the ground breaking disco hit penned by the great Giorgio Moroder. Here is the poem I wrote (with apologies to Milton Acorn).


I Feel Love: Hi-NRG

for Giorgio Moroder


I feel love in the Dolomites where the spark that drives the oscillator was composed into the system.
I feel love in the chase scene from Berlin to Eternity in shimmering photonic cars.
I feel love in the vision of a prison break by way of the full nelson face buster.
I feel love where Hi-NRG equals mass times the speed of light squared.
I feel love when I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love, I feel love.
I feel love in the repetition.
I feel love in the repetition of pop songs.
I feel love in the digital pilgrimage across the stars to a shining planet known as Earth.
I feel love in the dial tone that matches the anticipation of your voice.
I feel love in the unthinkable life choices of were panthers.
I feel love in the gynoid Maria, the Maschinenmensch reborn in glowing rings, an echo of the love
          that will wreak havoc on Metropolis. 
I feel love in collaboration—finish this sentence: 
I feel love _______________________________________________________.
I feel love for the story that loops back on itself, that is told anew, that sees its heroes transformed and
          its goddess renamed.
I feel love in the repetition.
I feel love in the repetition of mythology.
I feel love with my last breath as I advance into the Danger Zone.
I feel love in the contest of strength that is too much to bear.
I feel love in the contest of nations where heroes fall and are reborn.
I feel love in the Countach.
I feel love in the click track.
I feel love in the yellow taxi.  
I feel love in the luck dragon.
I feel love in the F-14 Tomcat.
I feel love in the drug-addled snakebite.
I feel love in the neon grid that stretches to a vanishing point behind the silhouette of black
          mountains.
I feel love in the subculture of airwaves.
I feel love in the intelligence of the artificial life form.
I feel love in the repetition.
I feel love in the repetition of the repetition.
I feel love for the story that loops back on itself, that is told anew, that sees its heroes transformed and
          its goddess renamed again.




Wednesday, 18 October 2017

An Epitaph for Gord Downie


Through the chorus of our country the cancer cells crept
until the day that the Prime Minister wept.
Now we listen to the lyrics in our backyards and bars,
and say goodbye to the man who walks among the stars.

1964 - 2017
RIP


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Three poems in Periódico de Poesía

Three poems from my forthcoming book of poetry Self-Defence for the Brave and Happy (ECW Press, Fall 2018) have been published in Mexico's Periódico de Poesía. "Grendel's Mother," "The Modern Novel," and "Standing in front of Antlers Mounted on a Wall" have been translated into Spanish by Helena Moguel Samaniego. Many thanks to Pedro Serrano, editor of Periódico de Poesía.

You can read the poems in English and in Spanish here



Saturday, 19 August 2017

Postmodern Work of Art / Oeuvre d'art postmoderne

I haven't had a lot of time for making visual art this year, and I know that buying art can be expensive, so I have come up with a solution. I have created this no name work of art that is both simple and affordable. Compare other well known artists at more than twice the price! 
Postmodern Work of Art / Oeuvre d'art postmoderne
11" x 14" digital print, 2017
$25.00


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Short interview about making art and The Holy Order of the Sasquatch

Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom and Guy, asked me a few questions about my various art projects, including the Holy Order of the Sasquatch, for her guest column at Open Book. You can read it here.




Sunday, 16 April 2017

Three Years of Buckrider Books

It has been three years since Wolsak & Wynn Publishers and I launched the Buckrider Books imprint. Since then, we have published 21 books of poetry and fiction together, and we're growing. Starting next season, we're expanding from three fiction titles per year to four, and we will maintain our poetry program of four titles per year, as well.

Our Toronto spring launch will be May 18 at the Steady Cafe and Bar, starting at 7pm.






Friday, 13 January 2017

Proposed art work: "Frame for Van Gogh's Sunflowers"

I want to make an art piece called "Frame for Van Gogh's Sunflowers." For this peice I will construct a large frame of hot pink vinyl, with polka dots and happy faces on it, at least 22 feet high by 17 feet wide, at the centre of which there will be a space cut out where one of Van Gogh's original sunflower paintings will be placed.

But where am I going to find 374 square feet of hot pink vinyl?