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Friday, July 31, 2015

One Thing: David Menear

Happy Trails

I know one thing. We are up against a vast and empty void of 6,000 miles of birdless sky, wind flattened fields, barren rock and bitter snow. The distance between us that can never be travelled is more than 20 years.

“I didn’t steal your heart just to go off somewhere and break it.”

“You didn’t steal it lover, I gave it to you.”

Still though, in my soul’s haunted darkest corner I see myself, as if I’m astral-travelling, watching without responsibility, from far above, as I stumble, juggling your love clumsily, until it finally falls and shatters, bleeding sticky on the filthy sidewalk, in front of the liquor store over near the stripper bar.

Her eyes shrink and harden into slits of doubt and dread, disappointment and inevitable recrimination.

“The past need not euthanize the present or vilify the future.”

“You know that I want this to work.”

“Because it does?”

“Because we do."

"It does.”

David Menear
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One Thing: Lillian Necakov

When I Die…

A man is climbing out the window
bare legs

and a cemetery under his arm.


Lillian Necakov

Thursday, July 30, 2015

One Thing: Bill DiMichele

"Maybe in the next life
I'll tell you I care"

b/w.d.

This is the saddest couplet I've ever heard. In this song the man makes a half-hearted commitment, not understanding that things don't change, that they won't change, that the boundaries of time stand between them. He's trying to figure it out, but he doesn't understand the theory of eternal recurrence, a dimension where things constantly repeat, forever, for as long as time is.

Where there is little hope for change, nearly zero hope for change, there is still a possibility on the bottom side of 'little hope', of 'nearly zero hope', revealing a small, small passage of possibility. It takes a huge and constant effort, like 'turning back the tide', like 'making the sun run backwards' to break through the  astral iron of recurrence.

This possibility lies in love, the only power that can change eternal recurrence. If he realizes this power, if he changes timelines and makes efforts to be with her, he will actually be able to tell her he cares.

Bill DiMichele  

Your Invitation: 

tell me one thing. it doesn’t have to be profound. it could be about your work; it could be about some film or tv show you’ve watched or a coffee place you like. it could be short or long. i’ll post it along with a link of your choice to your work or somewhere else. disclaimer: i might choose not to post if it doesn’t suit me.
your reward? send me your mailing address & i’ll send you something whimsical…
it’s getting a tad quiet out there this summer & i think we need an injection of whimsy.
so fire away. svp. amanda at angelhousepress dot com

One Thing: Tom Walmsley

you taste like a soft yellow dream

Tom Walmsley

Your Invitation: 

tell me one thing. it doesn’t have to be profound. it could be about your work; it could be about some film or tv show you’ve watched or a coffee place you like. it could be short or long. i’ll post it along with a link of your choice to your work or somewhere else. disclaimer: i might choose not to post if it doesn’t suit me.
your reward? send me your mailing address & i’ll send you something whimsical…
it’s getting a tad quiet out there this summer & i think we need an injection of whimsy.
so fire away. svp. amanda at angelhousepress dot com

One Thing: Carol White

A dentist shoots a lion.


Carol White


Your Invitation: 

tell me one thing. it doesn’t have to be profound. it could be about your work; it could be about some film or tv show you’ve watched or a coffee place you like. it could be short or long. i’ll post it along with a link of your choice to your work or somewhere else. disclaimer: i might choose not to post if it doesn’t suit me.
your reward? send me your mailing address & i’ll send you something whimsical…
it’s getting a tad quiet out there this summer & i think we need an injection of whimsy.
so fire away. svp. amanda at angelhousepress dot com

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

One Thing, a new feature on the blog

I’m starting a new occasional sporadic who knows how long it’s going to last feature here called “one thing” in which i ask creative folk (writers, artists, musicians, etc) who i know to tell me one thing. it doesn’t have to be profound. it could be about your work; it could be about some film or tv show you’ve watched or a coffee place you like. it could be short or long. i’ll post it along with a link of your choice to your work or somewhere else. disclaimer: i might choose not to post if it doesn’t suit me.
your reward? send me your mailing address & i’ll send you something whimsical…
it’s getting a tad quiet out there this summer & i think we need an injection of whimsy.
so fire away. svp. amanda at angelhousepress dot com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Being bad ass over at Apt613.ca

Apt613.ca is a fabulous site that offers detailed coverage of Ottawa’s thriving cultural scene. As part of that coverage, one of its writers, Catherine Brunelle, has been doing a series entitled “Tour de Blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs.

Part 1 features rob mclennan & his substantial literary activities.
Part 2 features several literary bloggers, including Cameron Anstee & the author of the series, Catherine Brunelle, who, it turns out has her own blog called Write Along Radio, which includes a writers’ podcast.

Part 3 features me. The article is a detailed look at my various literary activities on line from Bywords.ca to AngelHousePress & DevilHouse. When Catherine asked me why I blogged, I answered that I blogged about my interests and my values because I’m always looking for kindred spirits, those who share my interests or can enlarge them, and those who share my values.

I’ve been blogging since 2003. I highly recommend it for those who want to express themselves, would like some unofficial means of doing so. Or as I say in the interview with Catherine,


“I love that it is no longer necessary to be published by big media in order to have a voice.  … Blogs are a way of pushing your nose in when you aren’t invited to the party.”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

a visual poetry interpretation of the Bible

I’ve decided to begin work on a visual poetry adaptation of the Bible, starting with the Old Testament. I’m doing this for many reasons. The work is meant to be an offering of love and a blessing relating to my health crisis. It is not meant to be heretical or polemic. There are many who interpret the Bible quite literally to use to support bigoted agendas. I do  not support such interpretations or attitudes. I hope this is obvious. But the Bible is an important work, both from the point of view of religion and literature. It is the source of numerous great works that I love and engage with, such as Milton’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Divine Comedy. It has been the inspiration for art, theatre and music and poets, such as William Blake. Now it will be my inspiration for visual poetry. I don’t know how much of it I will post on line or what I will do with the work as far as publication goes. I doubt it will be finished in my lifetime.


You can keep in touch with the project via my visual poetry blog. & on Twitter on my @KikiFolle account  via the hashtag. #vispoBible

Monday, June 01, 2015

Beast Body Epic excerpts published in Hood

have you checked out Lynn Crosbie's pop up online magazine Hood yet? Lynn pairs offbeat, unconventional writing with offbeat, unconventional art & photography. I am there now with excerpts from Beast Body Epic, a long poem. Beast Body Epic, in case you wanted to know, plays around with feeling like a fucking weirdo in a society of straight-laced & comfortable people, with alienation of the body, with the sexual & the grotesque. It fucks around with order to reproduce the fragmented chaos of nightmare.

bits & pieces of Beast Body Epic have been published in
The Pickled Body, a lovely little entity in Ireland. 

Dusie.Org, the Tuesday poem, curated by the lovely & hard-working rob mclennan.

& now in Hood's 13th installment. I'm really happy about that part of BBE was published in Hood. I love it when someone gets what I'm doing, when it resonates for them. Makes me feel like less of a stranger...

I wrote the draft of Beast Body Epic like I do with a lot of long poems I write in a 48-hour frenzy while listening to Nine Inch Nails Downward Spiral over & over again. I was working out my post health crisis body issues, the long scars that covered my stomach, the bruised rose-like scar from the chest tube shoved into me when a lung collapsed. i was figuring out how to get my armour back.

I read Beast Body Epic in its entirety to an attentive & friendly audience at VERSeFest 2014 when I was inducted into the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour with Danielle Gregoire. It was an experience I will never forget.

I'd like to shop this manuscript around to publishers, but can't for the life of me figure out who would want anything so fucked up...so if you know of anyone who might be interested in freaky fragmented PTSD caterwauling, please let me know.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kiki, Kiki, Kiki

Kiki will be available at three different book fairs in Ottawa in the next while.

1. the Literary Press Group's booth at Congress 2015 Book Expo, University of Ottawa - now until June 4, 2015

2. Chaudiere |Books table, Prose in the Park, Parkdale Market; June 6, 2015;

3. the ottawa small press book fair, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Room 203, June 13, 2015.
i'll be here to sign books as well.