Ms. Lyric's Poetry OutlawsOct 30, 2023
Episode 18: The final Poet in Iceland with song, story snippet, interview with Barbara Kerr, a poem
The last collage with two verses of a tune by Krummi, a teensy bit of a story about a troll Alda told in the car, my prattle about the residency”s benefits, a long interview with psychologist of the creative brain, Barb Kerr from Kansas, and a poem, yes, I wrote this morning at the creek. Enjoy! Skol!!
Oct 30, 202301:04:02
Episode 17: An Icelandic fly, the tale of a trailer park and a poem by me
Called Turning Back. The profiteering government/aka the dangers of high winds forced the evacuation of a trailer park in 2021-22 in Laugarvatn. What’s left? I find a nest. Recite a creek lyric. I heard a fly buzz when I did not yet die. Enjoy!
Oct 27, 202309:31
Episode 16: The Women’s Strike in Iceland and two fisherwomen from the 1700s
One a poet called Latra-Bjorg with a quatrain (1716) and a bit of a song plus the start of a talk about her and the former a famous worker of the sea known as Thurithur (1750) with a minute of a lecture on her. Plus an overview of the strike yesterday and the need for equality and respect and freedom from fear so we can live fully and create. Enjoy!
Oct 25, 202310:26
Episode 15: Interview with Alda from Gullkistan Artist Residency
In which, post our art presentation, in two parts she speaks of the residency, her own history as an artist, feminism, the way artists are treated in Iceland and how she learned poetry. First she recites a bit of Thaw Wind by Stephan G Stephansson and then at the end a short piece from a slim pink book by a young poet called Solveig Thoroddson. Enjoy!
Oct 23, 202352:59
Episode 14: A poet in Iceland and Moskvit and Volcanism
A poem by Jonas Thorbjarnarson but first a clip from the song Human Error by Moskvit whom I danced to last night and a chat about things I’ve noticed in Iceland about language, driving and attitude. Enjoy!
Oct 21, 202313:18
Episode 13: A poet in Iceland’s daily routine and a poem by Rachel Jamison Webster
Called Wintering. She’s an American poet who was in residency at Gullkistan and whose book I found here! Plus what I do every day. And the rain. Enjoy!
Oct 20, 202310:35
Episode 12: A poet in Iceland with a tragic lyric and a rawlings on jokklar
I talk about my day trip to Vik and Skogafoss and first play a recording of a 1750-1800 song about Hella and her drowned child, then read from a piece about Icelandic poetry as it relates to nationhood, and then end with a rawlings teaching us Icelandic by using the word for glacier. Enjoy!
Oct 18, 202314:06
Episode 11: A poet in Iceland and Louise Gluck
There is a cat in here and birds and some emotion and Gluck reading her poppy poem and me reading her mock orange one and critiquing her poetry a bit and thanking her for her life in art.
Oct 14, 202309:02
Episode 10: A poet in Iceland with a folk song and a lyric
One based on an old Norse poem translated into Icelandic and English and the other my lyric of the day called Species. About the wind. Which is making me tired. But hey, life goes on. Enjoy!
Oct 13, 202310:16
Episode 9: A poet in Iceland and a poem by Gerdur Kristny
Called North in first her Icelandic and later my English. With chat in between about my migraine, reviewing and the hostel yesterday! Enjoy!!
Oct 11, 202308:31
Episode 8: A poet in Iceland plus a Stephan G Stephansson poem
Called First Snow and a storm and the weather and an interruption and talk of forms and notions of simplicity and happy anniversary to my parents! Enjoy :)
Oct 10, 202310:09
Episode 7: A poet in Iceland and a poem by Arni Kristjansson
Also the conclusion (for now?) of the Fiddlehead-gate review scandal. I talk of spas and firepits and crepes and read a stokkur quatrain in Icelandic and English called To the Mountains.
Oct 09, 202315:54
Episode 6: A poet in Iceland and a poem by myself
Called Icelandic Autumn. Been writing about a poem a day here. Also more on the Fiddlehead review. David Orr on another poetic debate. The moon at three am. Pronouncing words correctly. An article on Icelandic poetry. Enjoy!
Oct 07, 202314:07
Episode 5: A poet in Iceland and The Patriotic Poem by Gerdur Kristny
Plus I chat a bit more about the Riddle and Fiddlehead controversy (let us see the review so we can have our own respectful discussion as required in a democracy!) There is also a waterfall. Enjoy!
Oct 06, 202311:17
Episode 4: A poet in Iceland and a poem by Frieda Isberg
Called Fragile Things. After I speak of the traffic and a mysterious swing in the woods and random human crap interrupting the chance for delusional purity.
Oct 04, 202306:07
Episode 3: A poet in Iceland and a poem by Vala Thorodds
In which I speak of hot pots, walks, routine, a cemetary, myself as Iceland, the Fiddlehead controversy, sensitive poets and talk about Icelandic poetry then read a poem by Vala Thorodds. Enjoy!
Oct 03, 202313:45
Episode 2: A poet in Iceland plus a Lisa Robertson piece
Where I speak of windstorms and walks and the moss and discombobulation and a random encounter and read a Robertson piece from The Weather. Enjoy!
Oct 02, 202307:21
Season 9. Episode 1: A poet in Iceland; a poem by Stephan G Stephansson
I was jet lagged. I talk about literary encounters en route to Iceland. I attempt to recite a poem Morningshine in Icelandic, then its English translation (by Kristjana Gunnars). Enjoy!
Sep 30, 202313:07
Episode 56: Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night
A ten minute recitation of this long poem of childhood. And so I end Season 8 here. Until anon, stay fierce!
Sep 22, 202310:59
Episode 55: A Roger Whittaker tribute and an Homage to Elizabeth Brewster
Also I talk the shift of seasons, physical pain and the need for fewer interruptions as a poet. And honour Roger with a poem (1936-2023) then remember Elizabeth (1922-2012). Enjoy!
Sep 21, 202315:36
Episode 54: Elaborations between Sydney Lancaster and Deborah Carruthers
Chat on poetry from an artist! Also I speak of my hip, the bookbox, coffee, a magpie. And read as requested a tiny Vincent Ewen poem called Daedalus’ Dream. Enjoy!
Sep 20, 202314:22
Episode 53: WB Yeats’ Among Schoolchildren (1928)
From my father’s 1950 Modern Poetry collection. Enjoy!
Sep 19, 202304:33
Episode 52: Poetic this n that on the term poet, poetic resistances, and honouring experience.
Plus I introduce the last week of Season 8, read an excerpt from Ben Lerner’s essay-book The Hatred of Poetry and end with the poem A Minor Crush of Cells by Chase Twichell. Enjoy!
Sep 18, 202318:22
Episode 51: Snake by DH Lawrence
From 1923. Always loved this piece. Not too long but still around five minutes to recite. Enjoy!
Sep 15, 202305:27
Episode 50: Don Domanski homage
1950-2020. I chat about my perspectives on environmental vs eco poetry and give his bio, thoughts on his work and end with a short lyric of his on Biodiversity. Thanks Don. You make me think. Enjoy!
Sep 14, 202312:08
Episode 49: Three things I don’t understand about funding, press kits and workshop approaches.
Yeah why cut funding to worthy awards? Why use words like selling points for books of poems? Why need prompts to write? My reactions. And a short poem by Estonian poet Jaan Kaplinkski on Autumn. Enjoy!
Sep 13, 202315:45
Episode 48: Jorie Graham’s Self Portrait at Three Degrees
From her 2017 book Fast. With a rain-sound humidifier in the background and it is recited haltingly at the dashes, chanted for the arrows and flowed through once the text assembles. Enjoy!
Sep 12, 202304:43
Episode 47: Lists and what they mean for the Poet.
Plus how social media has made us passive and streaming services have spoiled us. Then I end with an apropos Emily Dickinson poem! Enjoy.
Sep 11, 202310:39
Episode 46: Jenny Johnson’s In Full Velvet
The titular poem from her 2017 collection. Sensuous science. Enjoy!
Sep 08, 202304:48
Episode 45: A peek into one poet’s studio
In which you get a tour around the books, plants, knick-knacks and other wonders of my world. What’s your writing studio like? And I close by reading a section of Mark Strand’s Dark Harbor from 1993. Enjoy!
Sep 07, 202315:20
Episode 44: Tim Lander Homage (1938-2023)
In which I begin with his tin whistle, then natter on about conversations in the hood, and then give you some bits of how I met Tim, his bio and end with a little satirical lyric on Professors of Poetry. Enjoy!
Sep 06, 202316:28
Episode 43: The New Canon (06) vs The Best Canadian Poetry (23)
The first edited by Carmine Starnino with the focus being on craft and style and the latter edited by John Barton and attending to identity. The numbers of varied types is distinct; are the poems by Suzanne Buffam and Armand Garnet Russo I opted to read at the end? Or has our focus and inclusivity just changed?
Sep 05, 202312:40
Episode 42: Dorothy Livesay, an Homage
For Labour Day as this Canadian poet who lived from 1909-1996 was a passionate defender of worker’s rights and feminism. I talk a bit about her bio (read Journey with my Selves for much more!) and recite her poem The Unquiet Bed. Enjoy!
Sep 04, 202308:53
Episode 41: Muck from a Poet’s Mind or Two Months from a Phone’s Notes Ap
Yeah. It’s September! No wonder I need to purge my brain. Here ya go: scrawlings about Iceland, CC grants, book tours, mushrooms, rodeos, students, new poetic forms and a short lyric about nothingness. Enjoy!
Sep 01, 202310:26
Episode 40: Jan Zwicky’s Far from Rome
That I didn’t mention is of course also from Best Canadian Poetry 2023. A beautiful piece. Though I am down. This did help. Enjoy!
Aug 31, 202314:50
Episode 39: Social Poetics by Mark Nowak.
A book of solidarity with worker-poets around the world! I read its descriptor, chapter headings, explain its essential premises and read one of the poems by a hole-punch operator, a woman called Zheng Xiaoquiong. Poetry is freedom beyond institution and safety.
Aug 30, 202312:02
Episode 38: Alice Major LIVE at 94th street Trobairitz
With a recitation from Roan Stallion for my Inhuman drummer Aren (RIP March 13, 2023) and a chat about my absence and various audience reflections! Enjoy.
Aug 29, 202324:59
Episode 37: Helen Han Wei Luo’s Consider the Peony
From the Best Can Po 2023. It’s raining; I’m leaving again; this is a sensory narrative poem of immigration and loss. Enjoy!
Aug 18, 202311:40
Episode 36: Bertrand Bickersteth’s Soil
Another camping discussion with Katherine Autio by a crackling fire on the poem as poem from Best Can Po 2023. O and the word is orthic not orthotic haha.
Aug 16, 202314:01
Episode 35: Sophie Crocker’s nobody cums rat poison anymore
From the Best Canpo 2023. Read and discussed as a poem with occasional co-host Katherine Autio while sitting by a fire on our Hinton camping trip! Enjoy :)
Aug 15, 202321:48
Episode 34: The Fiddlehead’s Summer Poetry Issue
A celebration, including the reading of a French poem called Articule Panda, a part of a piece by Lisa Russ Spaar, lines from Addonizio, Legris, McFadzean and a whole piece by Kayla Czaga. Plus a mention of an actual critical review of Clarke by Colman. Yay, a celebratory episode!
Aug 14, 202319:30
Episode 33: Is any of this poetry? Plus a poem by Robert Hayden.
A renowned one called Those Winter Sundays. But first I discuss the plagiarism machine, bad lines from BC poets, Megan Fox and her fridge words and other examples of crap. Enjoy!
Aug 09, 202313:38
Episode 32: Patrick Grace’s The Big Dark
An exploration of this poem from Best Can Po 2023 as a poem! Revolutionary ;)
Aug 04, 202313:39
Episode 31: John Barton’s introduction to Best Canadian Poetry 2023 and Aglow by Matthew Zapruder.
Mostly I talk about what Barton says regarding the Canada Council and identity boxes. And read a poem about death and life.
Jul 31, 202312:41
Episode 30: Jonathan Swift’s Stella’s Birthday, 1726
For my niece Stella’s 13th tomorrow! Even though it’s about a MUCH older Stella. Love Auntie Kate.
Jul 28, 202304:21
Episode 29: The poet’s brain and Russell Thornton’s Coffee Cup Stain
In which i talk rejection, form, selling crap, the insipid nature of how people describe poetry and hope for standards. Then read Russ Thornton’s Coffee Cup Stain, an elegy for his mother from The White Light of Tomorrow. Enjoy!
Jul 27, 202313:37
Episode 28: Teaching Poetry for Teachers and a Lynn Tait poem
In which I speak about variety, connection, exploration and other aspects of engaging students in poetry. Thanks Katherine Autio for the questions!Then read He wants a Dangerous Poem from You Break It You Buy It. Enjoy!
Jul 25, 202315:20
Episode 27: William Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality
A birthday poem excerpted from Recollections of Early Childhood. In two parts as someone started vacuuming haha. A new performance series! Classic poets and the vacuum!!!!
Jul 24, 202308:52
Episode 26: Elaborations 2 with Thea Bowering interviewing Paul
From Cortes Island in BC about poetry then and now and why. Mostly about song lyrics and ends with Cohen’s Who By Fire. Meanwhile I talk about highs and lows and recite Richard Cory by Edward Arlington Robinson. Enjoy!
Jul 21, 202322:25
Episode 25: Louis McNeice’s Day of Renewal.
Both strange and melancholic, this odd poem is in three parts. It’s poems about birthdays on the podcast in July!
Jul 19, 202306:55