For this week's writer feature we're proud to introduce Geoffrey Morrison: poet and recent finalist in Lemon Hound's Poetry Prize!

from "Lyric Guy"

Lyric Guy V

Yesterday some ghosts whooped out of my tankard.
I whooped them back in with my McEnroe bellows. But for how long?

Ghosts suck. This is because you can’t crunch them.
Next year, in Dianapolis, we will hatch a man,
And he will eat all specters. I nominate McMenamin.
Q: Who is? A: He said “fuckpants” on the piano.

Lyric Guy VII

Marshia Crangular is extremely pensive.
She says, “I puzzle about dents, solars – gaps and voids in the sky.”

In her latest bluebook, she wonders if we live in a mouth.
I agree with that wonder. She says what we’ve all been thinking.
Exception of course is the barbers, who glory in hair.
They strongly dispute that any it could be even different.

 

Hi Geoffrey! Could you introduce yourself to our readers?

I grew up in White Rock, which is more or less the southwesternmost corner of the Canadian mainland. There I enjoyed standing on piers and looking out at the sea with a plaintive expression, probably because I couldn't swim very well. I did my undergraduate degree in English literature at Simon Fraser, where I spent my time alternately falling headlong into antiquity and trying to read the names on the hulls of distant cargo ships. Right now I’m finishing up my MA, also in English, at the University of Western Ontario, and in September I’ll be starting my PhD at the University of Toronto in the same discipline. I like gas-station food, Gregorio Allegri, and wool. ...continue reading

July 11, 5-7PM
East Common Room, Hart House
University of Toronto

Echolocation continues to dive curiously beneath the surface and bring up new offerings. In this cross-country line up, in partnership with Pedlar Press, we're very proud to present the Toronto launch of Nathan Dueck's second book, he'll. dueck will read alongside Sonja Greckol, whose Skein of Days also appeared this year with Pedlar, and Andy Weaver, whose second book Gangson was published with NeWest Press.

Pedlar publisher Beth Follett says of the event: "Rarely does the lover of procedural poetics get the opportunity to hear together three Canadian poets deeply interested in and committed to innovation and experimentation in rhythmic strategy. For sound and for joy alone, this event cannot be beat!"

Join us for joy and for sound. Hosted by Phoebe Wang. Books by authors will be available for sale.

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Editors Michael Prior and Liz Windhorst-Harmer discuss Suzannah Showler's vegetable metaphors, "millennial voice" and the superior entertainment of her debut poetry collection, Failure to Thrive (ECW Press 2014).

Failure-to-Thrive-smallestMichael: Hi Liz! I’m excited to start discussing Suzannah Showler’s debut poetry collection, Failure to Thrive, with you. Personally, I found the poems incredibly intelligent, memorable, and surprising.

Liz: Hi Michael!  It’s very cool to get a chance to reflect on this collection together. Maybe a good place to start would be with some of Showler’s metaphors. At an event we both attended called "What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry," Jason Guriel said that his ideal for poetry is the desire for striking, novel, and beautiful metaphors. Some of Showler’s metaphors and similes blew me away: “No Frills shoppers tenderly / nosing their way past displays shocking as capped front teeth” and “You can feel the day’s details waiting to pitch towards you like an airbag / deploying an ultra-white, full-frontal bloom of goodness in your face” (“Day for Evasion”); “You are holding a coiled-up shot of luck and prosperity / ready to launch at you like a spring snake from a nut can!” (“I Wish You Luck and Prosperity!”).

Where would you situate these metaphors in relation to other poetry you’ve read? Were you struck by them also?

Michael: I was certainly struck by Showler’s metaphors, and perhaps more generally by the uniqueness and memorability of her language. The first lines of the opening poem in the collection—which I read as an introductory address to the reader, a monologue welcoming us to Showler’s eccentric and acerbic world—yoke a rotting eggplant to a detached fatalism and a sense of performance:

Because you are the kind of person who
lets their perishables expire the way they want to,
from the inside out (say, like an eggplant,
the colour velour was invented to live up to,
rubber-skinned preserving its opaque dignity
until the eleventh hour… ...continue reading

For this week's writer feature we're proud to introduce Lily Tarba, whose one-act play, By Her Pomegranate Tree, will be performed on June 22nd and 23rd at Videofag in Toronto as part of New Art Night

from By Her Pomegranate Tree

There are three loud knocks. Molly looks around. 

MOLLY:

Let me show you, and in showing, tell you.

There are three loud knocks. She begins to crawl through the frame. She emerges on the other side, confident and elegant. She begins to pose, using one arm to move all body parts into position. 

MOLLY:

Spontaneous, a passing moment, captured, yet effortlessly

(Molly moves out of her pose)

graceful.

(Molly walks over to the frame)

This was in Andalusia. We took a trip there, once, together. We ate crab paella. And danced the tango--he led, I followed.

 

Hi Lily! Would you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello, illustrious readers of Echolocation!

Could you tell us a bit the composition process for By Her Pomegranate Tree? What inspired the play?

The play came to fruition (pun intended) out of a conversation I had with Carys Lewis, the actor in the play. We wanted to work together, and after discussing ideas, we both realized that we wanted to create something that spoke to the performative nature of our lives, especially today, in the age of social media. ...continue reading

Join us for the second reading of our new summer series!

June 17; 5:00-7:00pm

East Common Room, Hart House

University of Toronto

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When lives cross like flight paths, hundreds of miles above boundaries of land and water, borderlines disappear and conversation begins. Jeff Parker, Catriona Wright, Irene Marques and Emanuel Melo are writers whose work and lives are intersecting: on June 17 in historic Hart House, the Echolocation Reading Series brings many threads together for an international evening of readings via Toronto, the US and Portugal.

Born in Florida, Jeff Parker is the former MA in Creative Writing director at U of T and co-founder of the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon. He will be launching his book Where Bears Roam the Streets alongside former student Catriona Wright, winner of the 2013 Disquiet ILP scholarship. Canadian-Portuguese writer and scholar Irene Marques' novel, My House is a Mansion, will appear in 2015; both her work and Emanuel Melo's story appeared in the recent anthology of Memória: An Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers, edited by Fernanda Viveros.

The event is free of charge and featured books will be on sale. Join us!