hguri's blog http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri en Way to May Day http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/way_may_day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="400" height="392" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/dutch%20road%20sign.jpg?1335912343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear readers,</p> <p>It saddens me to report that National Poetry Month (NaPoMo) has given way to May Day, which means that we must stop talking about poetry and consider, instead, the <a href=http://www.thenation.com/blog/167622/guide-may-day>plight of the working class</a>. Oh, wait, that’s <a href=http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&amp;storycode=419151&amp;c=1>us too</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/way_may_day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/way_may_day#comments Helen Guri Tue, 01 May 2012 22:47:02 +0000 hguri 4538 at http://www.openbookontario.com Postal poetry experiment: Mabi David http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/postal_poetry_experiment_mabi_david <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="318" height="413" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/mabi%20david%20small_0.jpg?1335721083" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know in our darkest heart of hearts that the end of bookstores is coming. </p> <p>A few might survive, but we might not live near them. Or like them. Certainly, the poetry sections of many are looking a little sparse of late. </p> <p>But, at the same time, ordering from Amazon has been demonstrated to count against your soul in the afterlife. (Each “order with one click” subtracts roughly ten points.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/postal_poetry_experiment_mabi_david" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/postal_poetry_experiment_mabi_david#comments Helen Guri Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:39:02 +0000 hguri 4512 at http://www.openbookontario.com Trouble in the (zeit)Geist? http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/trouble_zeitgeist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/FreeVector-Lightbulb.jpg?1335638317" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The tangible rewards of being a contemporary Canadian poet are relatively few compared to the amount of effort, and, yes, <a href= http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/%5Buser-raw%5D/ping_pong_literacy>hard work</a>, it takes to be a contemporary Canadian poet.</p> <p>The tangible rewards include, and are quite possibly limited to:</p> <ul> <li>The ability to show up at the local reading series without needing to invite your friends. (There are six of them. And they are all already there.)</li> <li>The ability to cause a kerfuffle at the border simply by stating your profession.</li> </ul><p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/trouble_zeitgeist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/trouble_zeitgeist#comments Helen Guri Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:21:41 +0000 hguri 4510 at http://www.openbookontario.com More Ping Pong for More Literacy http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/more_ping_pong_more_literacy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="450" height="614" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/DellConnieSweeris_1.jpg?1335458602" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few posts ago, I spoke with writers <a href=http://www.insomniacpress.com/title.php?id=978-1-897178-95-9>Jeff Latosik</a>, <a href=http://torontoist.com/2005/10/tall_poppy_inte_16/>Howard Akler</a>, <a href=http://ryeberg.com/author/elyse-friedman/sort/_views-pm-desc/>Elyse Friedman</a>, and <a href=gmurray/blog/questionless_books_interview_poet_and_filmmaker_david_seymour>David Seymour</a> about their ping pong team, <i>Balls, Baby, Balls,</i> which will compete in the <a href=http://www.firstbookcanada.org/pong>Pongapalooza</a> championship on May 8 to raise </p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/more_ping_pong_more_literacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/more_ping_pong_more_literacy#comments Helen Guri Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:55:32 +0000 hguri 4508 at http://www.openbookontario.com Microphone Lessons for Poets: Part 3 http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_3 <p>If you thought we were done with the microphone lessons, I am afraid you were incorrect. There are more types of microphones, even, than types of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickey_%28garment%29" target="_blank">detachable shirt front</a>. You will never, in your short career, master them all. But, at any rate, onwards.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-inline-images"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_inline_images" width="355" height="532" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/inline/hg1.png?1335210350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_3#comments Helen Guri Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:46:51 +0000 hguri 4493 at http://www.openbookontario.com Armchair travel at elevation: Poetry from The Philippines http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/armchair_travel_elevation_poetry_philippines <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="224" height="226" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/issue15visual.jpg?1335137183" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is not without a twinge of regret that I admit, in my <i>National</i> Poetry Month blog for Open Book <i>Ontario</i>, that my favourite recently discovered literary magazine is published neither within the province nor within Canada.</p> <p><a href=http://www.highchair.com.ph/><i>High Chair</i></a>—named, I like to imagine, for the deadly combination of purée-infused baby babble and getting onto a high horse that inevitably leads to poetry—is a product of the Philippines. </p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/armchair_travel_elevation_poetry_philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/armchair_travel_elevation_poetry_philippines#comments Helen Guri Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:16:08 +0000 hguri 4483 at http://www.openbookontario.com Ping Pong for Literacy http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/ping_pong_literacy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="450" height="245" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/450px-Table_Tennis_Table_Blue.svg_.png?1335051084" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Contrary to popular belief, writers are not lazy. </p> <p>Rather, they appear to slack off while actually working incredibly hard&mdash;a clever illusion that garners them both the envy of the public and the disapproval of relatives. </p> <p>(Unfortunately, the illusion is not quite exciting enough to be marketable to circuses. Always coming up a little short in the employable skills department, the writers are.)</p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/ping_pong_literacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/ping_pong_literacy#comments Helen Guri Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:37:53 +0000 hguri 4482 at http://www.openbookontario.com Microphone Lessons for Poets: Part 2 http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_2 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="400" height="519" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/podium-man-for-web.jpg?1334775172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I received a lot of&#151;forgive me&#151;feedback about that <a href= http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/%5Buser-raw%5D/microphone_lessons_poets_part_1>last post</a> on microphones. </p> <p>Several readers demanded diagrams. These are forthcoming. Poet <a href= http://www.garybarwin.com/>Gary Barwin</a> wanted me to add that one should not worry about sounding too loud. Too loud, he emphasized, is in fact just the right volume.</p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_2#comments Helen Guri Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:00:54 +0000 hguri 4459 at http://www.openbookontario.com Microphone Lessons for Poets: Part 1 http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/grizzly.jpg?1334525520" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like meetings between hikers and wildlife, encounters between poets and mics do not always end, or even begin, well. Outside of their usual habitats (mics usually live in closets, as do poets), and unaccustomed to one another’s idiosyncrasies, the two species can easily startle one another. </p> <p>The worst results of these encounters do not bear description. Upon listening to the recordings, Werner Herzog advised <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Man#Synopsis">destroying the tapes.</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/microphone_lessons_poets_part_1#comments Helen Guri Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:00:08 +0000 hguri 4436 at http://www.openbookontario.com Weekend poem: Leigh Kotsilidis throws brain into a headlight http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/weekend_poem_leigh_kotsilidis_throws_brain_headlight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_thumbnail" width="396" height="424" alt="" src="http://www.openbookontario.com/sites/default/files/david_altmejd_the_settlers.jpg?1334433335" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, for your apres-pancake pleasure, a bang-up poem by Leigh Kotsilidis, author of <a href="http://www.chbooks.com/catalogue/hypotheticals"><i>Hypotheticals</i></a> (Coach House, 2011). </p> <p>Arguing about determinism vs. neuroplasticity might be a good way to kill the conversation at a dinner party, but Kotsilidis bravely chooses this topic anyway. She populates the no man’s land between those binary opposites with a carefully controlled avalanche of weird, absorbing, hilarious, unnerving, oddly necessary stuff. </p> <p><a href="http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/weekend_poem_leigh_kotsilidis_throws_brain_headlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.openbookontario.com/blogs/hguri/weekend_poem_leigh_kotsilidis_throws_brain_headlight#comments Helen Guri Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:57:07 +0000 hguri 4435 at http://www.openbookontario.com