Sunday, June 29, 2014

Review in Winnipeg Free Press

Jonathan Ball can always be counted on to review poetry 
in the Winnipeg Free Press. I'm grateful that he continues 
to support poetry with his always intelligent and 
Insightful writing. Here is his review of my latest book.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quickness: Transtemporal Ghost Bears

Vallum Magazine invited me to contribute a poem on "Speed," and so I wrote one. Then I made it into a video incorporating music (a transmogrified version of the Allemande from Bach's Cello Suite #1) and the spoken text. My daughter helped me create the transtemporal ghost bears.

Cruelty to Fabulous Animals: on hybridity

Over the last several years, I've been working on—or have gathered together from miscellaneous work—a series of visuals based on the notion of hybridity. I plan to exhibit these images as an art show. In the meantime, I've posted them on a tumblr over here.

Here's my 'artist statement':

We live in hybridity. Language is hybrid. Looking is hybrid. Culture is hybrid. These images explore the hybrid connection between humans and animals, between the real world and images, between the natural and the human-made world. Each word, each glance, each thought is a centaur, or a hand-headed owl, a grammar-horned deer. Antlers on a shopping cart. 

And everything changes. Everything is in the process of changing. Knowing is quantum. Understanding is chimerical. So is wonder. A jackalope, a feejee mermaid, cryptozoology or cryptocognition. We don’t know what to believe. We even doubt our skepticism. 

When is a pipe not a pipe? When it is a brain that is half a butterfly’s wing. Why is a raven like a writing desk? Because it has wings. Except I lied about the wings.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Poetry, Northern/Southern Border, part III

Hoa Nguyen writes in the Poetry Foundation blog, Harriet, about our recent performance in Toronto as part of Margaret Christakos's great new Across reading/performance series. 

First review of "Moon Baboon Canoe"

The first review of Moon Baboon Canoe 
by rob mclennan

"With this, one might suggest that Barwin’s poems are big enough to encompass and include the entire world."