I got an A minus in feminism

I have a new poem up in BAD DOG REVIEW’s inaugural issue about all the times I’ve called the police. Since I last updated, I have also published a poem in Bad Nudes about talking to myself on the street, in Big Smoke Poetry about hating everyone around you, and in Bywords about afterbirth. In 2019 I hope to have more poems published in B-list outlets (see what I did there?) and beyond, as in—actually get out into the world and perform, and engage, and make you people happy.

Also if you’re in Peterborough, FFS check out all the stuff STPS is doing for Poetry Month. Justin Million and Elisha Rubacha have built an empire for good, and it can only mean good things for Ontario’s bellweather community.

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DUELING! KEYBOARDS!

Had the honour of performing live with my buddy/poetry-brother Justin Million at his KEYBOARDS! show in Peterborough. Imagine: stage with two typewriters, two stools, one bell and a mike. We wrote 15 poems each in a couple hours. Absolute thrill. You can get copies of our poetry, including a sample of those poems (the only copies that exist!) from Peterborough’s own Bird, Buried Press, made by the indomitable Elisha Rubacha. Hopefully we can get DUELING! KEYBOARDS! in Ottawa this summer…

DUAL by Jeff Blackman + Justin Million Released: January 28th, 2017 Dimensions: 8½” x 5½” Print Run: 20 copies these books were live-assembled 15 of the 20 include 2 unique poems, 1 from each poet each unique poem was live-written at The Garnet and then read aloud neither the poets, press, nor audience retained copies of the unique poems

via dual by jeff blackman + justin million — bird, buried press

New publications, tour dates

A lot going on, such as a beloved work in print: the first poem I wrote about my son (for my wife) has been published in (parenthetical) magazine from words(on)pages in Toronto. You may read it online but I strongly suggest ordering a copy of the magazine—words(on)pages produces beautiful books.

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New chap-poem: A cento after Cameron Anstee’s  chapbook ever the night goes beautiful has been published as a chap-poem by Puddles of Sky Press—it’s called “the night goes” and it’s free with an order of something awesome, like the graphic novel issue of illiterature issue v. the graphic novel or The Hopeful Barnacle: New & Selected Poems of Andrew Nurse.

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Two upcoming tour dates: Tues. June 28 at the Tree Reading Series (Ottawa) with Talya Rubin & my friend, the incredible JM Francheteau, and Sat. July 2 at Artfest (Kingston) with tourmates Cameron Anstee and Justin Million, and the wonderful Frances Boyle. Both those shows are free, so please come out and buy some chapbooks if you can. Artfest is going to be just incredible, with sixty poets reading in Kingston’s City Park over the long weekend. Cannot wait.

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New title from Horsebroke press: My little press is taking on its first poet (who isn’t me) with a collection from Amanda Besserer. It will launch Fri. June 17 at the Factory Reading Series (Ottawa) and be available at the Ottawa Small Press Fair the next day (Sat. June 18). If you can’t make it to Ottawa, you’ll be able to order it via our Etsy store at that time. More details on this project very soon.

Glean

 

More Prince clips. Saturn’s rings

appear to cross, but it’s only

our shitty million-dollar tech.

 

More Prince clips. Friends

shit on friends, look great.

 

More Prince clips. An interview in which

he attributes black violence to chemtrails.

 

More Prince clips. Somewhere

my second trashcan is full of beer bottles.

 

More Prince clips. Today the pain

is in my wrist. Goats is a thing.

 

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While I have your attention, please head over to Synapse and read today’s poem from Justin Million.