Four Hundred Rabbits
Steven Artelle's long poem "Four Hundred Rabbits" is simultaneously imaginative & philosophical. There are red rabbits, shy rabbits, rabbits into soft core porn, rabbits with foot fetishes, filthy creatures who become deities of dust, robot rabbits, masked rabbits. Above all "Four Hundred Rabbits" has a poignant lyricism with descriptions which bring to mind Albrecht Dűrer's Apocalypse & William Blake's illuminated books. This work is full of energy, heat, humour & creativity. If John Updike, Dante Alighieri & Lewis Carroll were to have a love child, his name would be Steven Artelle.
"one rabbit cried/our divinity was nothing without the cities/the cities with their night fires and their cavernous days/and praise and praise and praise was the pulse of our dancing"
AngelHousePress presents NationalPoetryMonth.ca, a celebration of poetic form of all kinds and an homage to those poets who try to extend the definition of poetry. This year's edition, which marks our fifth anniversary, is a tribute to the Last Vispo, an anthology of visual poetry edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill and published by Fantagraphics in 2012. The site contains visual poetry, asemic writing, collage, concrete poetry and other forms of whimsy by artists from Australia, Canada, the USA, Finland, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden. Each day in April a different visual poem will be shown. AngelHousePress thanks all who participated and sent work for consideration and wishes the month had at least forty five days in order to showcase all the great poetry we received.
Starting April 1, please visit NationalPoetryMonth.ca for a different visual poem every day.
The Derelict Narrative: An Account of In/Words
David Emery offers a companion piece to rob mclennan's profile and Peter Gibbon's personal memoir about In/Words, an Ottawa-based literary collective now in its teens.
AngelHousePress admires this persistent adolescent for its sense of community, the variety of publishing activities it has taken on & its sense of creative whimsy & mayhem. In/Words is our bratty older brother & we couldn't be more pleased to see it celebrated & remembered.
Catherine Owen speaks to Steven W. Beattie of "That Shakespearean Rag"
Catherine speaks about her latest book Trobairitz
(Anvil Press) & her views on poetics.
Questions between j/j hastain and Lark Fox
in this very lyrical & poetic interview, j/j hastain and
Lark Fox discuss ceremony, the verb "to winter," wildness & its
relationship to non gender conformance, about feeling freest on the edge of
things & the importance of rust. I admit that I thought these two were the
same person, given the affinity of their creative & life philosophies.