Four Cascadia poetry-related notes today:
- A new exhibit on Robin Blaser has opened at Simon Fraser University. According to the announcement of the display:
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration Bennett Library’s Special Collections & Rare Books Division has mounted a display on Blaser’s life and work. Materials are drawn from the extensive Blaser archive, housed in the Contemporary Literature Collection of Special Collections and Rare Books. The exhibit runs September 10 – October 30.
2. Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia poet Allison Cobb has just released Plastic: An Autobiography. She says: The autobiography of plastic is the autobiography of everything.Because plastic is so ubiquitous, I thought that I could probably uncover a direct link between my body and the plastic inside a dead albatross chick some three thousand miles across the ocean. If I could do that, maybe I could draw the net wider. I could see how wide, how far, how long I could stretch this net connecting my own body to this substance: plastic, which barely existed one hundred years ago and which now is so amorphous, so omnipresent, it seems to disappear if one tries to look directly at it.
Read more at http://www.essaypress.org/ep-35/#TTgiubarpI7DsuZE.99
3. George Bowering and George Stanley talk Cascadia and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. It happens in the first podcast from New Star Books of Vancouver. More here:
4. Jared Leising is putting together a MOOC on Innovative Cascadia Poetry. The Make It True poet who also teaches at Cascadia Community College, brought groups of students to two different iterations of the Cascadia Poetry Fest. Working with Seattle Poetics LAB, he’s planning an early 2016 launch for the six week course that will focus on some of the innovations from here. More details soon.