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Bits and Pieces

For the 7th consecutive August, Postcard Fest is on. Sign if you want to write a poem a day and mail it to someone.

If you missed Amanda Earl and Marilyn Irwin live with CHUO’s Mitchell Caplan of Click Here, it’ll be online for a couple weeks here about 40 minutes in.

On the birthday of Thoreau, his words from Walden: “My head is my hands and feet.”

Some poetry tenets of Jack Underwood have been i‏interesting lately, “Poems should not recount events but be events” and “No word is poetic. Only ideas are poetic”

“We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study, where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.” ~ Geena Davis on NPR who says at her site, “Males outnumber females 3 to 1 in family films. In contrast, females comprise just over 50% of the population in the United States. Even more staggering is the fact that this ratio, as seen in family films, is the same as it was in 1946.”

I’m surprised every time a band plays that it’s only male. Two music festivals in town and males outnumber and when females are in the photos, they appear naked behind their instrument or a town down shop showing their bare shoulders where men portray themselves clothed.

As Teri Garr notices, gender’s a little bigger than one study.

It is nice to see people shift according CWILA head count. Equity is up to individuals making decisions in a moment. It takes a conscious choice to form a healthy habit until it is naturally incorporated as the default..

When I went to the library I picked up 7 books initially, 5 by men. I went back to the shelves. So many lame titles of generic nouns, baggy poems of love and more often, lost love, by women. But still, when I left I’d shored up the genders, found books of poetry of I was curious to listen to 6 women, 5 men. No given person is entirely their gender, or not in alliance with a comparable overlapping part of what it means to be a gender participant. But no one is entirely free of the internalized caricature gender’s impact either.

Frances Boyle has won the people’s choice at CV2 and Marilyn Irwin has won the Diana Brebner for most promising upcoming poet in the National Capital region, with honourable mention going to Mike Caesar.

Congrats to Jenna Butler, who’s popping up everywhere: winner of CV2magazine’s 2-Day Poem Contest, Tuesday poem in July at Dusie, with her new book from NeWest, Seldom Seen Road, reviewed over at Canadian Poetries. Over at GoodReads it’s described as, “Butler illuminates an oft-hidden world of strong women spanning two centuries.”

I was talking to someone about Poetry in Transit. The name I couldn’t remember is Anna Yin who I believe is also involved in Purdyfest again. Purdyfest is the first weekend in August in Marmora, Ontario. The focal poet this year is Dorothy Livesay.

Glad to see Kay Ryan get the National Humanities Medal. I’m surprised that she’s almost 70. she seemed in her 40s/50s when I saw her read just oh, would that be that 5 years ago?

Octopus Books is hiring someone for a social justice new books event portfolio.

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Editor’s advice in a collected of Milton on how the age is vexed by people who think Rhyme is the beginning and end points for determining if its poetry. Meter just hobbles the smooth expression The formalism was such a passé notion in 1668 or so they said in introducing Paradise Lost.

Lastly, an article by Sheila Heti on the pros and cons, conflicts (and proflicts?) of giving up people and becoming a hermit: Why Go Out?. Well-written.

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