Know Your Media Know Your Self

A few weeks ago I gave a talk at the Toronto Reference Library as part of an excellent series called Treehouse Talks. It was a lovely event, attended by about 100 people and held in the spectacular 5-story atrium of the library. I gave an updated version of the talk that I call Know Your... Continue Reading →

Moses Znaimer – TVTV

Back in 1991 I was hired to write and perform a poem about television for the opening of Moses Znaimer's 3-hour history of television called TVTV. We shot an amazing sequence in front of MuchMusic with my Poetry Band, which at that time featured trombonist Tom Walsh, drummer Paul Fitterer and bassist Ben Carlsson. Looking... Continue Reading →

Phone Sax

A few days ago I posted a video of a poem of mine called Digital Kiss. Now here is another poem called Phone Sax from that same show at Casa del Popolo in Montreal last September. Again, thanks to Zoe for the videography and once again my apologies for the crunchy sound. I guess that's... Continue Reading →

Digital Kiss

A few months ago I did a music and poetry gig at Casa el Popolo in Montreal, a club I have previously written about in another post, as part of Ian Ferrier's Words and Music series. Fortunately Zoe Toupin happened to be there videotaping, and as a result I have now got a few new... Continue Reading →

Lintotineh! Bemagatineh! Gesultineh!

A few days ago I had a blast playing with the amazing Alan Gerber, a truly masterful artist who not only writes and sings great songs and plays sensational slide guitar, rocking boogie-woogie piano, folksy fiddle, and fine fingerpicking acoustic guitar, but is also as funny a musician onstage as I've ever seen. It's no... Continue Reading →

John Giorno & R.E.M. Make Love

John Giorno is one of my favourite people on earth and R.E.M. is one of my favourite bands so when I discovered that the last single by R.E.M. features John Giorno I had to share it. John Giorno is an extraordinary person, as full of power and love as any poet alive. I've been lucky... Continue Reading →

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