Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Poetry by Elisabeth Harvor

In Elisabeth Harvor's poetry collection An Open Door in the Landscape, the real and the surreal exist side by side. Doors open on snow, war, influenza, summer and winter oceans, the efficiency of obsession, and men who can dance. In yet another world, on a hot city morning in our most recent century, the tiny industrial screech of insects in August gardens becomes a backdrop for a lovesick woman waiting on a veranda for the postman to bring her relief "in the last era before e-mail, in the last era before high tech gives short shrift to longing." Other poems shine out of more fleeting events, each poem radiating with the emotional intensity of its moment.

Publication date: September 15, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Review: Hump

"In this debut volume of poetry, Winnipeg's own Ariel Gordon makes a major splash with simplicity and verve. Winner of this year's John Hirsch Award for most promising Manitoba writer, Gordon writes about life with a wry twist, describing walking in the park, interacting with her spouse and moving through the many steps of the process of becoming a mother..."

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

2010 Catalogue

Palimpsest is in the LPG joint catalogue but also has a Palimpsest 2010 catalogue available for download. Go to

Available at Go to the palimpsest press website and click on the catalogue button at the top of the page.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Interview with Ariel Gordon

Babies and Books

“A synopsis (of Hump) would look something like this: Girl meets boy, girl colonizes boy, girl eventually gets knocked up. Baby then colonizes girl and boy (but mostly girl) and also their entire life.”
On the significance of the connection between the book’s title, the poem “Hump” and the collection in its entirety, Gordon notes that she was looking for a title that is a good mouthful.
“(The) word ‘hump,’ with its toothy consonants and that beautiful ‘u,’ seemed to fit the bill. There is more to it than that, however, as the title awakens every meaning of the word. According to Gordon, ‘Hump’ simultaneously invoked (and rhymed with) ‘bump’ (as in baby bump), and the word also describes a mound of earth, or slang for sex."
Read the entire interview at

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Interview: John Barger

Excerpt from an interview with John Wall Barger...

Q: How did you first get the idea for the title Pain-Proof Men?

John: I’ve been obsessed for years with carnival culture, and at one point I wanted my first book to be all about circuses. A pain-proof man is, of course, a performer in a sideshow who stabs himself with pins and needles, as a little mob looks on. I liked this as a metaphor for the artist. Most of the circus poems fell away from the manuscript, and the idea expanded to pain in general. I don’t think suffering is just ours. We all know its texture, its smell. So it’s a potential point of connection with others. Heartbreak, in balance, leads to empathy.

Read the entire interview at the link below.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A bit of history

I found this old Polaroid in a salvaged desk. The tree is still there but the yellow flowers are gone. Too bad.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Office Reno: Found Items

They had plans, but never actually painted. Sigh.

I wouldn't suggest drinking these.

Crutches in the ceiling? Very curious, curious indeed.

Should I be worried?

Kingsville pride.

I'm still looking for that pool.