to say one thing is simply not to say enough

Poems, if they are any good at all, hold a knowledge elusive and multiple, unsayable in any other form. Resonant, fragrant, travelling more than one direction at a time, poetic speech escapes narrowing abstraction and reification as richly as does life itself. This is why lyric poems are so rife... with irony - good poems undercut their own yearning to say one thing well, because to say one thing is simply not to say enough.

- from "Hiddenness, Uncertainty, Surprise: Three Generative Energies of Poetry," by Jane Hirshfield


i know this will get tiresome eventually...

but not yet! In the proud tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...


Pandora's Collective is looking for volunteers for this year's Summer Dream(s?) Literary Arts Festival. Where did the rest of the dreams go to this year, I wonder...

Anyway, get all the details here. And then sign up. I helped set up in the pouring rain one year and still had a great time!


i describe and embellish

rob mclennan: What kinds of questions are you trying to answer with your work?

Lisa Robertson: I don’t answer questions—I seek them out, then I describe and embellish them.

- from Lisa's 12 or 20 Questions. View archives of 12 or 20s here and here.


as i mentioned...

A poem of mine, "Viciously in our throats," is up on OGOV as part of our Soccer Series. Check it out here, and my soccer-themed Q+A here.


soccer saturdays

One Ghana, One Voice is featuring poems about soccer throughout July, with a new one posted every Saturday. One of my own will be featured in there at some point. Check it out here!


two readings

Robson Reading Series
Thursday, July 9th, 7 PM
UBC Downtown Bookstore
800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Featuring: Tim Bowling and Michael Kenyon

The Writing Studio Reading Series
Friday, July 10th, 7 PM
Blenz Coffee Shop
508 Hastings (and Richards)
Featuring: Eight emerging writers