Skip to content

Shikatani Reading

On Thursday Gerry Shikitani read in Ottawa again for the first time in 20 years with the AB Series on Thursday.

Here’s a small clip:

A resonant voice and comfortable stage presence, he’s been performing poetry for a few decades. He shifted it around with different styles, some like this using a recording he interacts with as multiple voices and less linear, more exploratory of sounds and meanings transforming. His words sometimes tumble in a vortex of segments by times as someone looks at the chain of sound goes from…the upturned hibiscus’s cup, up.

Some pieces were more linear and pointed such as one referencing the birth defects born in areas under nuclear wind. Some mixed in pieces of history, such as a quote from the 1400s which pointed out Muslim Moor or Christian, in Spain at the time, everyone could use Arabic as a lingua franca and were conversant with each other’s beliefs.

Some poems mixed register, parts in French, English, Japanese. In a poem on identity there was the phrase ‘the parole of my skin’, a cross-language double entendre of judiciary parole and the French word for word, label.

Interesting stuff. I appreciated the structure opting in for a 2-set performance. Too many long performances in poetry don’t do that and the brain overfills.

“We have only moments to live.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn. That’s the best advice Richard Truhlar heard. Richard Truhlar reads this Thursday as the AB Series’ closing act of season.

Related posts:

  1. Gerry Shikatani: Explorer The more one knows, the more one doesn’t know and the former increases more of less linearly and the latter exponentially. My dad used to say, I’ve never heard of...
  2. Reading List Versed by Rae Armantrout (What a striking percentage of inflections codified in italics and quotation marks thru the text’s short lines yet it all works together.) Excerpt from p. 109,...
  3. Factory Reading Aug 23 at the Ottawa Art gallery housed the the Factory reading. It was the 14th anniversary of above/ground press and the launch of 3 new chapbooks. [You can buy...

Categories: Uncategorized.

Comment Feed

No Responses (yet)

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.