The Table

The Table (For Rod Anstee)

“The table isn’t immortal, though it hums a tune of going on forever.”

–Ron Padgett


my nerves fail watching the soccer

I read and listen instead


it doesn’t work; we lose






at least Ron Padgett is in the world

saying the things he says

in just the way that he says them

at the moment we need to hear them


I’ve got a handful of very short poems in the brand new issue of ottawater. Amazingly, the annual journal is now in its tenth year! I feel very lucky to have been in it a number of times, and am particularly proud to be among such fine company this time around. Thanks to editor rob mclennan, and designer Tanya Sprowl.

Inside you’ll find poems from Sylvia Adams, Cameron Anstee, John Barton, Stephanie Bolster, Frances Boyle, Heather Brunet, Sara Cassidy, George Elliott Clarke, Stewart Cole, Anita Dolman, JM Francheteau, Richard Froude, Elisabeth Harvor, Jenna Jarvis, Nicholas Lea, Michael Lithgow, N.L. Lea, Anne Le Dressay, Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Karen Massey, Justin Million, Colin Morton, Andrew Oliveira, Roland Prevost, Adrienne Ho Rose, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Tim Mook Sang, jesslyn delia smith, D.S. Stymeist, Priscila Uppal, Will Vallières, Gabriel Wainio-Théberge, Matthew Walsh and Deanna Young, as well as artwork by Anthony Tremmaglia, Ariane Beauchamp, Arpi, Fall Down Gallery, Marisa Gallemit, Mat Dubé, Patti Normand, Sarah Hatton and Scott Fairchild.

ottawater will be launching this coming Friday, January 24, upstairs at the Carleton Tavern, readings at 7:30pm. Full details here.

A few self-centred updates

There are posts forthcoming on other things, but in the meantime, I wanted to gather together some recent activity before I lost track of it all together.

Ground Rules: the best of the second decade of above/ground press 2003-2013 has begun to receive some reviews. My piece in the book, the chapbook Frank St. (2010), gets a nice mention at the end of Ryan Pratt’s review here. Less nice is the mention that I get at the end of Catherine Owen’s review here, but hey, so it goes. I am unbelievably proud to be in this book.

I was on the radio last week. Dave Currie invited me onto his monthly installment of Literary Landscapes on CKCU (93.1FM, Ottawa). You can listen to it here. We speak about Ottawa, knee injuries, and Apt. 9, before the show turns to its esteemed panel to discuss a number of other things. I truly enjoy listening to Dave’s half-hour of gonzo-radio every month, and it was very cool to be on the inside of it.

rob mclennan also wrote a short review of a small publication I made to give out at my In/Words reading last October, Three Poems. rob continues to be kind to and supportive of my work, and I appreciate it. As I work slowly, I’m quite happy with rob’s “optimistic and impatient” stance regarding my writing. I’ve got a small number of these still available as a freebie if anyone out there is interested.

three poems

Apt. 9 is back in production. Printing is mostly done, and binding has begun on Minutiae from Nelson Ball, a hero of mine and the subject of a central chapter in my dissertation-to-be. It has been a real joy working on this book, and I can’t wait for people to read it.



Apologies that it has been so long between updates, there will be more to come.