Daphne Marlatt

Fred Wah and Daphne Marlatt

Video recording of one poem by each

Daphne Marlatt, Fred Wah, and Colin Browne visited Philadelphia on March 15, 2017. They joined me for a recording of an episode of PoemTalk on Larissa Lai’s Nascent Fashion, and then give a triple reading at the Penn Book Center. That reading was recorded on audio and will be available soon at the poets’ PennSound pages. Meantime, I captured performances of two poems as video recordings — Fred Wah reading (his encore poem) from his great book Is a Door, and Daphne Marlatt reading a piece from her Vancouver Poems.

Daphne Marlatt on Close Listening

Photo: Charles Bernstein / PennSound

Daphne Marlatt talks to me about Vancouver as place and theme in her writing, poetry as documentary, the long poem as a fluid form for the lyric, poems as novels and novels as poems, drift in/as double consciousness, verbal language as and in the body, feminist poetics and writing “in lesbian,” the possibilities for love poetry, and the after-effects of her move from Malaysia to Canada when she was nine.

Daphne Marlatt talks to me about Vancouver as place and theme in her writing, poetry as documentary, the long poem as a fluid form for the lyric, poems as novels and novels as poems, drift and double consciousness, verbal language as and in the body, feminist poetics and writing “in lesbian,” the possibilities for love poetry, and the after-effects of her move from Malaysia to Canada when she was nine.

Geomantic riposte: 'Oyama Pink Shale'

Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, and currently an inhabitant of the Okanagan “wild” in Kelowna BC, and self-identified in the company of poet George Stanley as a staunch “aboutist,” Sharon Thesen is indeed a literary rara avis whose score of witty, entertaining and insightful poetry books are balanced by solid editorial and academic contributions, including two editions of The New Long Poem Anthology, a Governor-General’s Award-winning edition of Phyllis Webb’s poetry (The Vision Tree), and with co-editor Ralph Maud, two books of correspondences between the poet Charles Olson and book designer Frances Boldereff — the most recent being After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff.

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