Showing posts from January, 2018

Review of Heather Babcock's 'Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards'

Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards, a collection of short stories by Heather Babcock, is a searingly beautiful read. She writes with dark, piercing poetry of the undersides of the life of those who precariously live on the edges of the working class. Many of the women are hookers, from a mermaid whose first trick finds her sleeping with a drowning man who has tested positive, to an office cleaner in a high tower who travels the subway naked under her coat looking for men to tantalize.

"Wilbur was underwater now - a graceful Sea lion - the noise surrounding him having gone white.

A Plasticine-blue woman smiled at Wilbur from across the bar - except that she wasn't really a woman at all, but rather a mermaid. A shiny and beautiful mermaid: smiling only for him." (Half Off, 6)

The erotic body figures in each story, but its beauty, its soft fluids and skin, is stained with ironies, with an unwanted pregnancy that we learn of as a male character dreams of a pregnant ca…

Fugue in Green Jan 2018 Readings

FUGUE IN GREEN has been described as my best book so far. Featuring tomorrow evening at Mt Pleasant Library, 599 Mt Pleasant, 6-8pm, and Quattro Books launch Wed Jan 31 at The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, 6:30-9:30pm.


GIFs from performance poems in Tidal Fury

Chthonic - "I can't stop dancing."

Dance of the Sarong - "I dance a life's struggles."

from the Medusa suite

Some GIFs from my performance of poems from my book, Tidal Fury, 6 Jan 2018 at Linda Stitt's Words and Music Salon at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. Thank you to John Oughton for snapping 'live photos' on my iPhone, which I edited and was able to turn into the weird things you see here.

Sorry for the visual overload! They probably won't all load properly on the page - look at each of them in the lightbox by clicking on the first one, that's best. I'd like to collect them in one place.

If you'd like to buy Tidal Fury, click on the image in the footer, which will take you to a page of booksellers, and quotes from reviews, or here.

The performed poems are, in order, Chthonic, Dance of the Sarong, and a Medusa suite (including Medusa slugging beer!). That final GIF is quite strange, almost a visitation of fairy dust, except, it…

Fugue in Green at Indigo Books

Somehow, it's official when you see it in a bookstore. Fugue in Green, my new novella, at Indigo Bay Bloor! Tomorrow, I will read from it and have some copies for sale too. Come out to Linda Stitt's Words and Music Salon, 12:30-3:30pm, Tranzac Club, Bloor and Brunswick, where I am a feature poet, along with a great line-up, Charlene Jones, Glen Gary, John Charles Daly and Sam Sudar-Singh. The Facebook Event Page is here: