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WHY?

From the heyday of the sixties, actually the early seventies in Winnipeg, there’s an oft repeated story. A philosophy exam had only one question. “Why?” Everybody got to work, except for one student who made sure his name was on the exam paper properly and wrote “Why Not?” The prof awarded him an A. Another […]

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CUT IT OFF

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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Passages

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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MY LEFT FOOT

I turn 63 on April 3. I’ve always been precocious, but I never realized what that could mean once I hit 60.  My below the left knee amputation is scheduled for April 5, 2018. I haven’t had too long to wait, nor do I have a lot of time to Brood.  Unlike the novel or […]

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Passages/Dreams

A bit of a mash-up this Sunday. My brother turned me on to what looks like a large conservative Mennonite church (quality of singing, head-covering, if not no matter), singing Down in the River,  so there’s a link. And I dreamed I went to church. As Cohen might say, at last the spirit is taking […]

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Ice Queen

While Gimli was celebrating the ice with our annual Ice Festival I stayed home to play Ice Queen, Sue Foley’s terrific new release. I’ve been a fan a long time. The last record I liked this much was produced by Colin Linden, Love Comin Down (20o0), winning a Juno in 2001. She is at the […]

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Passages

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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BELIEVE YOU ME

Believe you me was a phrase Robert Kroetsch used frequently in his poetry, The Sad Phoenician for example. I seem compelled to explain my new Passages feature, which will end up in a new section to be called LISTENHERE! to go with LOOKIT! and will also become home to podcasts. When asked if I believe […]

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PASSAGES

“William Howard Gass (July 30, 1924 – December 6, 2017), was an American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, and philosophy professor. He penned three novels, three collections of short stories, a collection of novellas, and seven volumes of essays, three of which have won National Book Critics Circle Award prizes and one of which, A […]

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My Playlist February 2018

Having replaced my stereo needle, my stylus for my turntable, I am listening to my record albums when I’m in my writing studio. My awesome Monsoon computer speaker system is falling apart, past the point the where Bob at the Columbia Radio repair shop (1151 Sanford) can put it together again. Bach partita no.5 in […]

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