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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

October 22, 2017
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White Spider

(Not actual cover)

This is certainly the smallest chapbook I have ever read as Conyer Clayton’s mini chapbook (designed by Pearl Pirie from the look of things), is made up of a single piece of paper, cleverly folded.

I picked this up at the recent Arc reading where Clayton appeared as the recent winner of the Diane Breber Prize. This is the second time I have seen her in recent memory (the other being the Anniversary edition of Sawdust), and both were very solid readings. She is a talented poet and I look forward to hearing more from her.

 

Books read in 2017

Spider in a White Suit – Conyer Clayton
Room #40.2
Dangerous Animals Club – Stephen Tobolowsky
oratorealis #2.2
Since February – Poetry by V
Coke Machine Glow – Gordon Downie
A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin
The Malahat Review #198
Selected Poems of Robert Frost
Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
On Equilibrium – John Ralston Saul
ARC Poetry Magazine #78
The Anthropocalypse is Nigh… – Shayne Avec I Grec
The Associate – Phillip Margolin
Peter F. Yacht Club #25
Forth-seventh birthday – rob mclennan
Li’l Bastard – David McGimpsey
Love is a Tree you Planted – Mary Pinkoski
oratorealis #3
Muybridge’s Horses – Rob Winger
Trouble Boys – The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
A Magical Mystery Tour – Inside the Coach House Press
Arc Poetry Magazine #80
Dancing Alone – William Hawkins
Peter F. Yacht Club #24
Canticles I (MMXVI) – George Elliott Clarke
Touch the Donkey #9
Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins

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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

October 22, 2017
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room-40-2

Recently when choosing between a few poetry journals, I chose Room because I saw Kayla Czaga’s name on the back. I have seen her read twice (the second time after she won Arc’s Poem of the Year contest), and I was struck by the interesting mix of well developed voice while still sounding… well, young.

I will generally pick journals base don a single name, because my exposure to ‘page poetry’ is still limited – though always growing.

After getting this issue I discovered that it is a magazine the promotes ‘Literature, Art, and Feminism’. Sounds good.

And it was! It is a very solid journal mixing poetry and prose (though I was less taken by much of the prose, I will admit. I am not a huge fan of the style of short story that seems to be a ‘part’ of a troy, with no resolution. That happened a lot in here.)

My favourite poem probably was the Czaga piece, so that held up. But there are quite a few other poems of note, including Irene Wilder’s, who was runner up in the poetry competition for 2016 for Room.

 

 

 

Books read in 2017

Room #40.2
Dangerous Animals Club – Stephen Tobolowsky
oratorealis #2.2
Since February – Poetry by V
Coke Machine Glow – Gordon Downie
A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin
The Malahat Review #198
Selected Poems of Robert Frost
Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
On Equilibrium – John Ralston Saul
ARC Poetry Magazine #78
The Anthropocalypse is Nigh… – Shayne Avec I Grec
The Associate – Phillip Margolin
Peter F. Yacht Club #25
Forth-seventh birthday – rob mclennan
Li’l Bastard – David McGimpsey
Love is a Tree you Planted – Mary Pinkoski
oratorealis #3
Muybridge’s Horses – Rob Winger
Trouble Boys – The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
A Magical Mystery Tour – Inside the Coach House Press
Arc Poetry Magazine #80
Dancing Alone – William Hawkins
Peter F. Yacht Club #24
Canticles I (MMXVI) – George Elliott Clarke
Touch the Donkey #9
Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins



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Rusty’s Reading List 2017

October 9, 2017
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DangerousAnimalsClub

Even if you don’t recognize his name, you would recognize his face. Stephen Tobolowsky is an actor who has appeared in A LOT of  stuff. He was in Deadwood, Heroes, Groundhog Day, and lots more. Somewhere along the way he became a story teller. He featured at the Ottawa Storytelling Festival (the same year that the Copper Conundum featured, I think). He was entertaining and engaging. We bought his book and got it signed.
I am finally reading it.
It is still entertaining and engaging. I like biographies are creative people and while this isn’t a biography per se, the stories are all biographical.
The really problem is how many times I felt jerked out of the story. Like the time he said that ‘the multiculturalism fad has thankfully passed’. Out of nowhere, for no purpose. Elsewhere he said that he found out he was lifting in a predominantly gay neighbourhood, which was a surprise to him because he was used to ‘normalcy’. Or the trans-mocking in one part.
He is a good storyteller but I won’t read this again.

 

Books read in 2017

Dangerous Animals Club – Stephen Tobolowsky
oratorealis # 2.2
Since February – Poetry by V
Coke Machine Glow – Gordon Downie
A Feast for Crows – George R.R. Martin
The Malahat Review #198
Selected Poems of Robert Frost
Stickboy – Shane Koyczan
On Equilibrium – John Ralston Saul
ARC Poetry Magazine #78
The Anthropocalypse is Nigh… – Shayne Avec I Grec
The Associate – Phillip Margolin
Peter F. Yacht Club #25
Forth-seventh birthday – rob mclennan
Li’l Bastard – David McGimpsey
Love is a Tree you Planted – Mary Pinkoski
oratorealis #3
Muybridge’s Horses – Rob Winger
Trouble Boys – The True Story of the Replacements – Bob Mehr
A Magical Mystery Tour – Inside the Coach House Press
Arc Poetry Magazine #80
Dancing Alone – William Hawkins
Peter F. Yacht Club #24
Canticles I (MMXVI) – George Elliott Clarke
Touch the Donkey #9
Touch the Donkey #12
Arc Poetry Magazine #81
The Emperor of Water Clocks – Yusef Komunakaa
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa
The Mosquito Coast – Paul Theroux
Guff Ink – Wes Ryan
Hurting God – Rita Ann Higgins


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