Category Archives: Poems

Passages: Three Dead Men In A Drunken Boat

Robert Lowell and Hank William dance with Field Commander Cohen A bad black and white movie, this dying in the back bench seat of a yellow New York taxi cab. Robert Trail Spence Lowell without the heart for the trip home, tips his head on his hoary chest, frees his depressed nuerons to collide with […]

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                from Plate nine William Blake came up in a Bryan Sentes Facebook post, as good a reason as any to read passages from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Blake dines with Isiah and Ezekiel “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & […]

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The Winnipeg Free Press and the New York Times have initiated major overhauls of their obituary pages, featuring someone less known form their archives in the case of the NYT, and a feature of someone from Manitoba that has died recently, but deserves to be recognized more thoroughly in the Free Press on the cover […]

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Ezra Pound’s summary of the new poetics 1913

Published: May 16, 2016 “In the spring or early summer of 1912, ‘H.D’, Richard Aldington, and myself decided we were agreed upon the three principles following: Ezra Pound 1939 Wyndham Lewis 1882-1957 Purchased 1939, Tate Gallery, London (1) Direct treatment of the ‘thing’ whether subjective or objective. (2) To use absolutely no word that does […]

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Having played Simon Stimson in our high school production of Our Town, it seemed fitting to become the choir director of the Glenlea Mennonite Church, pictured here. While this white clapboard structure wasn’t that different from most prairie churches, I always appreciated the windows you could look through, and as the sages say, they were […]

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February 4, 2017 My left foot offends me I say cut it off, I’ll take my chances with my remains propped up by phantoms, prescriptions and prosthesis, I will never be any more lame. Give me a bounce like Tigger, a dance like Calvin’s, and a song like bp nichol, just leave me one leg […]

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Jim Harrison (December 11, 1937 – March 26, 2016)I was introduced to the poetry of Jim Harrison in the 1980s, likely by Ted Dyck who also introduced me to the poetry of Ed Dorn.  Here’s one of Harrison’s early poems in 1961. “Kinship.”

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I’ve been wondering why, as an unbeliever,  I am placing podcasts and passages on a Sunday, with an unexpected degree of reverence. I was planning to read something from  Salvation Blues, nominated for a Griffin and gifted to me by Maurice Mierau (thanks). It has “remained in circulation,” in  my homes and I still hope […]

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Listen to work in progress

The Jimmy Bang Blues Project from The Complete Jimmy Bang Poems  

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Manitoba Interlake Grain of Sand Poetry Contest

Deadline April 26 2 pm, at the Interlake Gimli Klean-All Laundromat April is poetry month in North America. The League of Canadian Poets has chosen “Time” as Canada’s theme celebrating our 150th year since confederation. Considering the Interlake beaches (they’re under the snow and ice somewhere), A Grain of Sand has been adopted for the […]

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