For Friends down east

For friends down east, I will be reading from my new collection Scree in Toronto on Thursday, April 7, at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 7pm. Then on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:00pm I, Jeff Derksen, Mark Nowak, Monica

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For Friends down east

For friends down east, I will be reading from my new collection Scree in Toronto on Thursday, April 7, at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 7pm. Then on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:00pm I, Jeff Derksen, Mark Nowak, Monica

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The First Half

So pleased with Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991. Les Smith, the designer, outdid himself with this one. It’s the nicest book I’ve had published. We had the launch on October 29 at The Western Front, with nine readers (Colin

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The First Half

So pleased with Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991. Les Smith, the designer, outdid himself with this one. It’s the nicest book I’ve had published. We had the launch on October 29 at The Western Front, with nine readers (Colin

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Alice Oswald’s Dart

On Sharon Thesen’s recommendation I’ve had a look at Dart by Devon poet Alice Oswald. Sharon applauds this “long poem” that is about the river Dart in southwest England. Oswald uses the language of numerous interviews with people who live along

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Alice Oswald’s Dart

On Sharon Thesen’s recommendation I’ve had a look at Dart by Devon poet Alice Oswald. Sharon applauds this “long poem” that is about the river Dart in southwest England. Oswald uses the language of numerous interviews with people who live along

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Cap Review

I’m pleased to be included in the latest TCR (The Capilano Review) with a print presentation of our High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese (highmuckamuck.ca). This issue (3.26) is focussed as “Pacific poetries” and offers a salty spread of poetry,

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Cap Review

I’m pleased to be included in the latest TCR (The Capilano Review) with a print presentation of our High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese (highmuckamuck.ca). This issue (3.26) is focussed as “Pacific poetries” and offers a salty spread of poetry,

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lattice or letuce

Drawn into this by that lovely shift between title and first line. The deflected meanings (references) seem secondary to the performance of the words (although sometimes a little precious) and the rime and rhythm of the last stanza is really

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lattice or letuce

Drawn into this by that lovely shift between title and first line. The deflected meanings (references) seem secondary to the performance of the words (although sometimes a little precious) and the rime and rhythm of the last stanza is really

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Kora in Hell

This is from a series of questions Rob McLennan is asking me, I think for J2. http://jacket2.org/commentary/short-interview-fred-wah Q: What is it about William Carlos Williams’ Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920) that has been so important to your work? Is it purely

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Kora in Hell

This is from a series of questions Rob McLennan is asking me, I think for J2. http://jacket2.org/commentary/short-interview-fred-wah Q: What is it about William Carlos Williams’ Kora in Hell: Improvisations (1920) that has been so important to your work? Is it purely

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Dylan Thomas: The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower   Centrifugal word “fuse.” Moves through “roots” to “rose.” And then the “that” that syntactically runs the poem for the first half, and then shifts to “how” in the second

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Dylan Thomas: The force that through the green fuse drives the flower

The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower   Centrifugal word “fuse.” Moves through “roots” to “rose.” And then the “that” that syntactically runs the poem for the first half, and then shifts to “how” in the second

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Jim Koller 1936-2014

Heard from Duncan McNaughton that Jim Koller “passed over to the other side” on December 10 in Joplin, Missouri. I met Jim, after many years, at the 70’s event at Orono several years ago. His attention and energy seemed still

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Jim Koller 1936-2014

Heard from Duncan McNaughton that Jim Koller “passed over to the other side” on December 10 in Joplin, Missouri. I met Jim, after many years, at the 70’s event at Orono several years ago. His attention and energy seemed still

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