The first thing I thought of when I woke up was this song, “Never Went to Church,” and whether they guy, Mike Skinner (a.k.a. The Streets), was sued by Paul McCartney for this sounding like “Let it Be.” It does, ya? But it sounds more like “No Woman No Cry” and then I realized those songs are very, very close? Doesn’t seem he got sued, and he’s getting along alright. I got lost on the internet reading old interviews about this album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, and came across this gem quote from some old stuffed-shirt of an English prof, about his music:

“Skinner’s world … is horrible. Grand mal. It lacks culture, learning, grace, courtesy, spirituality, style, ceremony, direction, aspiration, occupation. All it has is vitality.”

What’s wrong with that?



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“Having straddled a class divide and been wrongly stereotyped on both sides of it, throughout my life I’ve found peace in the places and things that don’t evaluate my status: nature, animals, art, books. ‘I sit with Shakespeare,’ wrote du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), ‘and he winces not.’”


– One of many gorgeous lines from a story so true to my heart I thought no one would ever write it, but Sarah Smarsh did.

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Reading dates for ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^

I’m hibernating for real right now! But this is where and when I read in support of my book, 2014 (and what I wrote at the start of it):

~~So. Things might change a bit with this, but my reading dates are shaping up in a pretty dreamtastic way. Some dates are with a grandmaster of Canadian poetry, Don McKay, whose collected works, “Angular Unconformity,” is coming out this fall from Goose Lane. I’m definitely the opener, there. Some of the other readings are with the frightfully talented Kerry-Lee Powell, who writes incredible poetry and fiction, and (unlike many people) is fantastic at both, as demonstrated by this and this. And other events are with other just as great poets, such as the one-and-only Michael Lista. As usual, with anything that happens for me, I am humbled and satiated by the fact that Bill Callahan has already named the feeling, as he did for how I feel: “I really am a lucky man.”~~

December 1, 2014
Toronto, ON
Rowers Reading Series, Best Canadian Poetry night
The Central, 6pm

November 28, 2014
Toronto, ON
The Puritan Black Friday
Facebook event page here:
Loft 404, 7:30pm

November 24, 2014
Toronto, ON
Best Canadian Poetry launch
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Joy Bistro, 7pm

November 20, 2014
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Poetry Centre
Prince Bookseller
More info here:

November 11, 2014
Toronto, ON
The Art Bar Reading Series, 7pm
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October 29, 2014
Toronto, ON
Book Launch! >>>>>>
Unlovable, 7pm
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October 28, 2014
Toronto, ON
Hart House Review party
Facebook event page here:
Arbor Room at Hart House, 8pm

October 24, 2014
St. Catharines, ON
Grey Borders Reading Series
Niagara Artists’ Centre
354 St. Paul St.

October 23, 2014
Kingston, ON
Novel Idea Bookstore, w/ Kerry-Lee Powell
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October 11, 2014
Hamilton, ON
Homegrown Hamilton, w/ Andrea Bennett

October 9, 2014
Wolfville, NS
Acadia University, w/ Don McKay

October 8, 2014
Halifax, NS
Saint Mary’s University, w/ Don McKay

October 7, 2014
Antigonish, NS
St. Francis Xavier University, w/ Kerry-Lee Powell

October 4-5, 2014
Fredericton, NB
Poetry Weekend

October 3, 2014
Fredericton, NB
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Goose Lane Editions Gala 60th Anniversary Gala
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October 2, 2014
Saint John, NB
Lorenzo Reading Series, University of New Brunswick, w/ Don McKay
(More details on this series here.)

October 1, 2014
Moncton, NB
Attic Owl Reading Series, w/ Kerry-Lee Powell
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September 30, 2014
Toronto, ON
The Supermarket: Goose Lane 60th Anniversary Gala (Toronto Edition)
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September 27, 2014
Montreal, QC
Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore w/ Michael Lista, Shoshanna Wingate, and Kerry-Lee Powell
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