14 September 2006

A blog, a website, both awesome

Two other addresses I've been meaning to write about.

My friend debby florence in Missoula, Montana, keeps an excellent blog and website called Umbrella Tooth. Her latest blog entry is a really thoughtful, really interesting review of Radiant Danse Uv Being, the bill bissett homage anthology edited by Jeff Pew and Steve "Rox" Roxborough. It always blows me away when Americans show this kind of interest in Canadian poetry. Richard Huttel of Chicago has a similar enthusiasm. We need more visits by both of them! (Plus Richard should start blogging.) debby runs an amazing small press, as well as a small press co-op called Slumgullion, through which she puts on all sorts of audacious and amazing-sounding events. Visit her site! Send her money for her books!

The other site of interest belongs to a Toronto comrade, Sandra Alland. www.blissfultimes.ca was built around her fantastic new poetry manuscript, which some smart publisher better snatch up quickly. The site has visual and sound poetry connected to the book, plus info on Sandra and her various projects, including her chapbook imprint. She says the site will continue to evolve as she delves deeper into her poetry laboratory.

In self-pitying news, the Toronto Arts Council turned me down today.

Also, isn't it about time for a resurgence of interest in the poetry of Victor Coleman?

Also also, I saw Dani Couture's new book, Good Meat, at Book City the other day. It's gorgeous. It's so gorgeous. I would've bought a copy, but the back cover is devoted to a crazed blurb by me, so I'm hoping I'll get a copy free. I've never had a blurb look so gorgeous on the back of a book. You can see the book right over here.

Over and out.


At September 14, 2006 12:14 pm , Blogger j-love said...

TAC turned me down too... it's hard not to feel demoralized. But it's all so almost arbitrary, to be at the mercy of a jury's negotiation.

I'm hoping OAC turns out better for both of us!


At September 14, 2006 3:28 pm , Blogger roxword said...

sorry about the news, stu. although i understand TAC is a big supporter of the scream, it doesn't suprise me poets go home with hat in hand. a quick rundown of TAC's 30-member board (geeze, that must be a hungry monster in the board room...either that, or a great cocktail party) reveals they have among them (ah ha!) NO POETS. they do, however, have a token poet (louise bak) on their literary committee. the odds favour stage and performance arts over book arts, or so it seems on a superficial level.

p.s. d.flo and slumgullion rock!

At September 14, 2006 10:01 pm , Blogger dana_plato said...

I don't think it's fair at all to characterize the TAC as a monolith with an agenda against poetry.

You looked at their board on the web site, but the board is volunteer -- maybe poets are less inclined to volunteer their time. Besides, the board is a policy-governance board, and so they have no say in the actual decision making process. The granting officers and the juries make the decisions and allocations. So more accurately, it comes down to luck of the draw -- who's on the jury in that round. Depends on who *hasn't* applied for a grant (so if every good poet in Toronto applies during the same round, then NO, there won't be any good poets on the jury!), who's been recommended to be on the jury by other jurors, etc.

In fact, in my experience, I've found the TAC to be far more generous and progressive than the OAC. I find people who bitch about the granting bodies themselves are typically people who simply never get grants (sour grapes).

At September 14, 2006 10:59 pm , Blogger roxword said...

"agenda against poetry" seems like a negative spin. don't think i was expressing anything near that strong. however, all in all, i stand corrected on the board vs. jury relationship. thanks for the insightful description.

At September 15, 2006 9:45 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yis, mr. stu. a book will soon be in the mail for you...

all the very best,


At September 20, 2006 3:08 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! thanks stuart i dont know how i missed this entry until today. sorry to hear about getting turned down, though.

ps anyone want to help me defect to canada?


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