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“There’s Nothing Precious About [Poetry]”: Heather Haley

Heather Haley & the 45s Back in the Day. Photo: Bev Davies.

I recently sat down with the semi-reformed punk rock vocalist, trailblazing poet, self-proclaimed anarchist and creative technophile, Heather Haley to discuss her new book, Three Blocks West of Wonderland.

It was a blazing afternoon in June and we sought relative relief in a Thai restaurant on Commercial Drive.

Click here to listen to our informal chat.

It’s kind of like a studio demo. Loose and meandering and rough around the edges.

We start off riffing about the possibilities for poetry on the iPad and then move into Heather’s influential work in video poetry, her years rocking Cascadia in punk rock bands and a million other things.

Heather was a part of the ‘Night of the Poets & Other Writers‘ at W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Olympics this year at the W2 Culture and Media House.

She’s launching her most recent book of poetry, Three Blocks West of Wonderland, at the new W2 Storyeum space on Saturday June 17th at 7PM.

We’ll be there and will probably record the show for future BOTR episodes.

Here’s the launch details:

Emcee Kedrick James: featuring Shannon Rayne, Peter Trower, Videopoem Screening-“Bushwhack”, Jenn Farrell.

Intermission

Music by Chris Coon, Videopoem screening-“How To Remain”, Heather Haley.

Saturday July 17 at 7PM – W2 @ Storyeum 151 W. Cordova Vancouver, BC

After the interview Heather and I walked down Commercial Drive toward her car and talked about our mutual history of self-directed reading and some of the authors and books that we came across by fluke or reco over the years and how that process of seemingly random discovery has influenced us creatively.

Here’s a great list of writers that Heather sent me that was inspired by our conversation:

Andre Breton, Gustave Flaubert, Jean Cocteau, George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Pynchon, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, John Steinbeck, Octavio Paz, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sarte, ee cummings, Kenneth Patchen, Dostoyevsky, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, J.D. Salinger, Hemmingway, Melville, bp nichol, Earle Birney, bill bisset, Susan Musgrave, Alice Munro, George Bowering, Nathanial Hawthorne, Germaine Greer, DH Lawrence, William Burroughs, William Faulkner, Kafka, Doris Lessing, Barry Lopez, James Dickey, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Kafka, Robertson Davies, Philip K Dick, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Marshall McLuhan, Anais Nin, Robert Stone, Darcey Steinke, Anne Sexton, Martin Amis, Wanda Coleman and the two Margarets, Lawrence and Atwood. Sylvia Plath, Lorna Crozier, Germaine Greer, Richard Brautigan, Emily Dickinson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Other creative influences: Art Bergmann and the Young Canadians, John Waters, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, the Dishrags, DOA, the Clash, Luis Buñuel, Lincoln Clarkes, Lenny Bruce, , Lydia Lunch, Frida Kahlo, Diane Arbus

In LA, Merilene M. Murphy, the Electronic Café, Beyond Baroque’s poetry workshop, Wanda Coleman, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Los Lobos, Run DMC, Harvey Kubernick, Excene Cervenka and X, the Woman’s Building, performance artists Cheri Gaulke, Joanna Whent, John Fleck, Rachel Rosenthal, painter Jeff Isaak, video artists Yonemotos, Mose Allison, Johnette Neapolitano of Concrete Blonde, Keith Levene, Chet Baker, Victor Noel, High Performance magazine, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, Laura London, Diane Gamboa, Daniel J. Martinez, Black Flag, Zero One Gallery, neo-surrealists Malocchio, L7, Pam Ward, Penelope Spheeris.

Post Edgewise and Internet… Kurt Heintz, Western Front, Alexandra Oliver, Sheri-D Wilson, Michael Turner, Raquel Alvaro, Ian Ferrier, Catherine Kidd, Jill Battson, Geoff Inverarity, Adeena Karasick, Jim Andrews, Andrea Thompson, Kedrick James, Miranda Pearson, Bob Holman, Neil Campbell, Hank Bull. Montrealers Catherine Kidd, Victoria Stanton, Corey Frost, Ian Ferrier…etc etc



W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series: February 17th, 2010
March 8, 2010, 9:04 AM
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Check out this great footage from the 3rd week of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series.  The line-up featured 12 amazing Vancouver writers, many of them poets.

This video doesn’t include everyone but gives you a great sampling of what the night was like.

Thanks to the fine people at the W2 Community Media Arts for filming, editing and posting this.



Angels in the Angles: Concrete Poetry Exhibit Until Nov 03

Angels in the Angles Banner XListen to the Cranbury vs Calvert Interview by clicking this link right here!

Gallery Atsui, Bachelor Machines, and freshly minted Mechanical Brides proudly present:

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ANGELS IN THE ANGLES

Donato Mancini
Christian Bök
Marina Roy

One of the finest exhibitions of Concrete Poetry in the literary history of the west coast is almost at the end of its run at the Gallery Atsui in Vancouver’s legendary downtown eastside.

The work is on the walls until Tuesday November 3rd and if you’ve even half-thought that you would like to check it out, you’d better get down there and check it out.

It’s a part of this emergent moment in Vancouver literary history.  It’s a budding flower from the mind of curator Steve Calvert.

Steve and I recorded an interview one night a few weeks ago. Listen to it here.

We met at Lucky’s Comics for the release of Marc Bell’s new book Hot Potatoe, by Drawn and Quarterly.  Lucky’s was packed and we spent a little while talking with friends before walking down to the Main Restaurant.  We sat in the back room with a pitcher of beer and talked for an hour and a half.

It’s a really great conversation but be forewarned: It contains some explicit language including my long tangential riff on pataphysics at the end.  A lot of fun.

Angels_12 XSteve will be in the gallery on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5pm so drop by if you can or contact Steve Calvert for inquiries: calvair [at] gmail [dot] com

You won’t regret it, unless of course you don’t see the exhibit in which case you probably will regret it.

Numbered edition of collectors’ prints from each artists will be available for sale, through Gallery Atsui.

For those tempted by the poetic austerity of the quote I have pasted below, may I recommend that you read Steve’s Introduction to the Angels in the Angles.  This is the fantastically imaginative, creatively abstruse, indelibly specific piece of writing that I was referring to during my riff at the end of the interview posted above.

As artists adapt to the growing insecurity of our national institutions, creative communities are presured to galvanize and grow stronger, more independent, industrious, and interdependent, developing means of production and trading networks in cultural and cosmopolitan pockets far and wide. In the absence of federal support, producing autonomously, even anonomously, we work for a future milieu which does not yet exist. Rushing in to fill the vacuum, exchanging ideas with a non-linear, open source, transhistorical temperment, we braid our conceptualizations beyond translation, openly hostile to that trust which has forsaken us… this utopia has been dreamed before.


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ANGELS IN THE ANGLES: Atsui Gallery Concrete Poetry Exhibition

Books on the Radio is happy to support this amazing exhibition of concrete poetry curated by Steve Calvert.

Featuring the incredible & beautiful work of Donato Mancini, Christian Bok and Marina Roy you can check out the exhibition at the Atsui Gallery from October 9 – November 3.

Check out the Bachelor Machines/Mechanical Brides site for more details.

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As artists adapt to the growing insecurity of our national institutions, creative communities are presured to galvanize and grow stronger, more independent, industrious, and interdependent, developing means of production and trading networks in cultural and cosmopolitan pockets far and wide. In the absence of federal support, producing autonomously, even anonomously, we work for a future milieu which does not yet exist. Rushing in to fill the vacuum, exchanging ideas with a non-linear, open source, transhistorical temperment, we braid our conceptualizations beyond translation, openly hostile to that trust which has forsaken us… this utopia has been dreamed before.