An Apt. 9 Production

so long cover

For immediate release

My first publication since Back to My Old Self (2011, Odourless Press) drops in two weeks at Raw Sugar Cafe on Somerset. I’m honoured to read along such talents as Stephen Brockwell and Christine McNair, and we hope to read to a full house. Raw Sugar is the perfect blend of down-to-earth cafe and old K-Mart restaurant where you can drink.

Here’s what’s in the book:
So Long As The People Are People

because Kate said Yes

Single Player’s Revival
National Survey
Nuts & Bolts
So Far Untitled
Song for David Currie
Day Planner
Poem for C.D. Howe
The Nesting Stuff of Humanity
You Are Not A Winner
How to Kiss the Prime Minister
Two Virgins Ago

Early bird special at the Ottawa Small Press Fair (probably like buy 2, get 1 free). Pre-orders may be taken via the publisher. So Long As The People Are People wherever fine zines are sold.

though my soul was obscure I was common

“Be quiet while the poets are speaking,” bellowed Dave Emery sometime in the late years of Bush & the early of Harper’s. That was probably my fifteenth or twentieth time at In/Words’ open mic @ the Avant Garde Bar. Now recreating Ghost World screen caps in real life David Joel Crary Emery now edits The Steel Chisel, an online mag I’m happy to have a poem in this month (How to Kiss the Prime Minister).

The Steel Chisel takes its name from John Newlove’s “Such Fun, Such Fun.” Its first stanza;

When the poets stopped writing poetry
I thought they were dead
and I went about and tried to describe my country
not leaf by leaf but soul by soul
and I found that though my soul was obscure
it was common. Liquor cured me or calmed me
and pain and long lying lines.

gives a little solace as the Leafs exit the playoffs and my many projects compound. Lets all have a moment for the country’s most powerful Leafs fan; think what a little love might accomplish, unconditionally.