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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

August 18, 2016
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mclennan king kong

This is the chapbook that rob made for the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour induction ceremony this past year.

Here I will tell the Hall of Honour story… I came up with the idea of the Hall of Honour in late 2012. Initially it was coming out of a thought that Spoken Word poets… especially those heavily involved in slam… seem to have a short shelf-life. People forget quickly. So I thought… what can we do about that? How can we remind people about the giants whose shoulders we stand on?

The Hall of Honour is what I came up with but despite it coming from a place of concern for Spoken Word artists, the first name that came to mind when I thought ‘who would we induct’ was rob mclennan.

So why did it take four rounds of inductions before he got in?

Simple. He was in the VERSe meeting when I proposed the Hall. He was the first person to jump on the idea and he was the first person who told me he would like to be involved. Well, we were hardly going to induct one of our selection committee the first go round, were we? (in fact, rob introduced us to  William Hawkins, who was a great first inductee.)

This year the Hall inducted the first person I thought of when I came up with the concept… rob mclennan.

 

Books Read in 2016

King Kong – rob mclennan
Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

August 16, 2016
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Manufacturing Consent

 

This book reads more like a scholarly thesis than a mass-produced book… mostly… but it is really fascinating. They talk a lot about how the media acts as a propaganda arm for the U.S. government, or more importantly, for the ‘elite’. They digress at times (the section on Vietnam reads more like someone who wanted to tell everyone how wrong the U.S. was to go in there, rather than sticking to the topic at hand), but over all it is really fascinating.

Word choice matters and the media can influence a lot of things with simple word choices.

 

Books Read in 2016

Manufacturing Consent – Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

August 3, 2016
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ARC79

 

I have a few issues of ARC in my ‘to read’ pile, and this is the one that came out when I pushed my hand in to pull out a book. There is a nice feature on Marilyn Doumont followed by some poems by Doyali Islam (who I just saw has won the ARC Poem of the Year contest!) as well as in interesting review of a bunch of chapbooks, with very little mention of the poetry contained in them.

Books Read in 2016

ARC Poetry Magazine #79
Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

July 16, 2016
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hal-sirowitz-Mother-Said

 

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

RC sent this to me in a recent spirit-uplifting care package. I was not familiar with Sirowitz before and I am so glad that has changed! He is equal parts funny an thoughtful.

My favourite piece has to be ‘How I Came To Be’. The end lines are much better in the full context of the poem but check this out:

#… I wasn’t born yet.
I was only a vague idea in their minds
that became clearer the more he walked her home.#

Beautiful.

 

Books Read in 2016

Mother Said {Poems} – Hal Sirowitz
7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

July 12, 2016
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seven-dollar-bill

I have read this chapbook before, but it found its way back into my to-read pile, and I was okay with that.

 

This is a poetry flip book, with Chris Gilpin on one side and Sean McGarragle on the other.  thought they toured in 2010, but copyright on it says 2009, so I could just be wrong.

I have known both of them since 2008. I am pretty sure Sean was at CFSW in 2007, but I can’t recalling MEETING him there. I have specific mentions of talking to Chris in 2008 about how much he looked like Kevin Matthews at that time (I don’t see it as much now), and sitting at a table with Sean, Dave Silverberg and Dwayne Morgan and absorbing collective ‘running a show’ knowledge.

Side note: After we created the National Slam Master position in… 2011, I think… someone asked why I didn’t get the job. I told him then when I have questions about running a slam, I ask Sean.

Backstory over – back to the chapbook. It is good, strong work. There are times that I can hear their voices clearly, and other times I feel like I am learning something new about their brains and pens.

Nice work, friends.

 

Books Read in 2016

7 Dollar Bill – Chris Gilpin & Sean McGarragle
Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

July 7, 2016
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ExtremeGovMakeover

This book may look out of place compared to my usual fare, but it is also the answer to the question I have often gotten among the poetry crowd – what do you do for a living?

Nobody in poetry ever assumes that you can make a living doing poetry. There are those that do, but I am certainly not among them.

This book is ‘what I do’. I tell people I am a Business Process Modeler, and that is how my current path started, but what I REALLY do is try to figure out ways for the government to work in a better, more efficient manner. That is a big task, but not insurmountable.

I was given this book by Craig Szelestowski, who was (is?) my instructor on my Lean Green Belt Training. (And if you know what that is, or even what Business Process Modeling is, while also being a reader of this blog… congratulations. You are part of a very small minority.)

The government gets a bad rap, but the PEOPLE in government are nowhere near as bad as the reputation that proceeds them. Well, most of them, but there are bad apples in every bunch.

I haven’t always had the best attitude towards the gov. There was a time that I thought I was not being treated fairly here, which led to me having a bad attitude – which made ‘them’ right. That is long gone now. (As if I wouldn’t appreciate how good it is here after my current health issues have been taking full advantage of the perks that come with the job.) Now, I realize that the things that have frustrated me in the past are FIXABLE. Everything is FIXABLE.

This is what I am trying to bring to my time as Spoken Word Canada Slam Master too. But that is for another time.

Books Read in 2016

Extreme Government Makeover – Ken Miller
Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

July 6, 2016
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dorazio

This is a short book… and it is almost more like a prequel to her blog posts, which I had previously read, which deal with her time at Marvel.

This is before that, including her early homelife and her time at Acclaim and DC.

It is an important read, but also a frustrating one. I understand why so many of the names are changed but as I read I kept wanting to know who was responsible for which actions. I figured out the Mike Carlin and Jeanette Kahn stand-ins pretty quickly but I wanted to know who Owens was, who Ballard was, etc.

I wanted accountability… which never comes.

I have loved the comic industry for a long time, but just like the poetry community that doesn’t mean bad behaviour gets to be overlooked.

The more important part of the story, of course, is Valerie and what she went through, over and over. It is important because she is important and it is important because her story is not unusual… unfortunately.

 

Books Read in 2016

Memoirs of an Occasional Superheroine – Valerie D’Orazio
The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

July 4, 2016
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Animal_Man_Origin_of_the_Species

 

This is the second volume of the Grant Morrison run on Animal Man. I would say there are no specific great issues in here, but there is a lot of ‘groundwork laying’ for the great stuff to come. There is some interesting stuff with the Justice League, as Buddy questions whether he wants to be a super-hero, while he is also questioning his role as an animal rights activist.

There are some misses – like the Dolphin appearance. The story is good, but Dolphin seems to only be in the issue so they could have Brian Bolland draw her on the cover.

Comic Books Read in 2016

Animal Man: Origin of the Species (Morrison / multiple artists)
Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Comic Reading List 2016

July 3, 2016
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AnimalManVol1

This is a re-read. Well, a re-re-re-re-re-read, more accurately. I bought the Morrison run when it was in comic form and picked up this volume when it came out. I no longer have the originals, so in my ever-slowly-expanding comic bookshelf library, this is a run I want in there. I just bought the next volume from Comet Comics (thanks Heather! And it was GREAT to see Kin yesterday!), so I pulled this out to read it again.

You can see where this was originally a four-issue mini pitch – the Bwana Beast story wraps up tidily in that span – and you can also see when Morrison started thinking about the story he REALLY wanted to tell (along with the animal rights stuff). The Coyote Gospels deserves the acclaim it has gotten, especially when you know how Morrison’s run (26 issues) wraps up.

Great stuff. Highly recommended.

 

Comic Books Read in 2016

Animal Man (Morrison / Truog / Halewood / Grummett)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol.2 – Fandemonium (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.2 – Friendship To The Max (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
March Book Two (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 – Vader (Gillen / Larroca / Delgado)
March Book One (Lewis / Aydin / Powell)
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 – Crushed (Wilson / Miyazawa / Bondoc)
Saga Vol. 5 (Vaughan / Staples)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Perkins)
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 1 (Brubaker / Epting / Lark / Leon)
Step Aside, Pops – A Hark! A Vagrant Collection (Kate Beaton)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 – Squirrel Power (North / Henderson)
The Wrenchies (Farel Dalyrimple)


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Rusty’s Reading List 2016

June 7, 2016
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ClaremontReview

I bought this on a whim after going into Mags & Fags thinking the new Arc Magazine was out. It wasn’t, so I picked up a different poetry mag on spec. I didn’t realize that it was actually a high school student magazine.

There is both poetry and short fiction in here, and the poetry stands out, relatively. The short fiction mostly reminds me what I don’t like about the current style of short fiction, generally. (It should stand on its own! It shouldn’t read like it is a scene in a longer work!)

‘Botany for Beginners’ by Hannah Knowles was an exception. I quite enjoyed where it took me.

Some of the poetry is nice. A lot of it read like it was coming from someone who was just learning their voice, but that is okay because it is true. It is true of all of us.

 

Books Read in 2016

The Claremont Review #46
Strangler Fig – Magpie Ulysses
All The Gold Hurts My Mouth – Katherine Leyton
Live Animal – Johnny MacRae
The Serial Killers Club – Jeff Povey
In A Springtime Instant – Milton Acorn
The British Museum is Falling Down – David Lodge
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson
Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution – Alix Olson (ed.)
Blue Marrow – Louise Bernice Halfe
Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women – Sheri-D Wilson
Yummy Mummy – Erin Dingle
Peter F. Yacht Club #22
If These Streets Are Haunted… – Magpie Ulysses
The Honey Month – Amal El-Mohtar
Sunsets for Daydreamers – Megan Ann Ward
September – Brandon Wint & Ikenna Onyegbula


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