Category: Ephemera

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Waiting for Good: Transgression, Down-shouting, and Ethical Readership

by Shane Neilson

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Kenneth Goldsmith’s infamous performance of Michael Brown’s body is, well, stupid and wrong but is also, I think, something that can be generative. I didn’t like the performance,

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“Responsibility to the Word” et al.: Four Lessons Derek Walcott Didn’t Mean to Teach Me about Conceptualism

by Andy Verboom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

1. I am responsible to others and responsible for my words.

This is one thing I learned from late-great formalist poet Derek Walcott—despite his best pulpit thunder on the poet’s “responsibility to the word”—and it’s a lesson that has come to inform my understanding of Conceptual poetics.

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Writing (About) Other People: Notional Ekphrasis and Parafiction in the Hospital Gift Shop

by Trevor Abes

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

As a writer who nerds out on visual and performance art but who can’t paint, draw, sculpt, or act for shit, I’ve devised a book project provisionally titled The New Frontiers of Conceptual Art.

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Translating the Textual Body: Notes on Remixing Erín Moure

by Joel Katelnikoff

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

I am writing from a body which is incapable, almost, of belief. I am writing from a body which is incapable, almost, of speech.

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Reflections on Opening Day in Toronto

by E Martin Nolan

The Town Crier takes a brief break from Andy Verboom’s guest series to bring you the latest from the SkyDome in this special feature from E Martin Nolan.

Tonight’s Blue Jays home opener marks the yearly renewal of Major League Baseball in Toronto and Canada. It ushers in another long, sweet summer of game after game after game.

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Ethics in Constraint: Liberation and Determinism in the Misheard Lyric

by David Huebert and Andy Verboom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

David and Andy are the co-authors of Full Mondegreens, a winner of the Frog Hollow Chapbook Contest. Below is an example of the “full mondegreen” form that their chapbook explores,

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Conscientious Collaboration: Some Scenarios

by Geoffrey Morrison and Matthew Jack

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Authorship

What if your collaborator is working with a ghost writer?

What if two collaborators each hire a ghostwriter to write their portions of the work,

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Conceptual Tools for Human Poems

by Daniel Cowper

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Art is the process of pulling objects out of your self, looking at them hard, and trying to explain them to others. In this account,

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Poetry Could Be Bullshit: From Scatology to Conscientiousness

by Andy Verboom

“Poetry is bullshit.” This is, regretfully, how I opened my call for submissions for this month on The Town Crier. In qualifying the statement by linking to Harry Frankfurt’s 1986-philosophical-essay-repackaged-as-2005-bestselling-book, On Bullshit, I was trying to suggest that writing poetry, like Frankfurt’s notion of bullshitting bullshit,

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Where We Must Go from Here: Writing as Righting

by Natalie Wee

This piece concludes Natalie Wee’s month-long guest series on “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft.”

Wole Soyinka, the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, spoke recently in The Atlantic about the irony of America’s political trajectory: once a safe haven for those fleeing civil unrest like himself,