Real Live Poets [Let’s Go To This]

This is what I’ll be doing tomorrow. Dodie Bellamy is an amazing woman, and I absolutely take her word for it that Colin Smith is worth getting excited about. From Belladodie:

This Sunday if you’re in San Francisco I hope you can come to a reading in the Mission at 4 pm. I will be reading but the excitement is all about Colin Smith, who will be reading with me and giving his first reading in San Francisco, maybe in California, maybe in the USA.

We’re going to be reading at ATA (Artists Television Access), 992 Valencia Street, at 21st Street, from 4—6 p.m. This event is sponsored by Krupskaya Books and also by Right Window, so what do you have to lose!? [NOTHING -KH]

I remember going to see James Schuyler when he gave his first reading in San Francisco, and the electricity that filled the auditorium of SFAI when the lights went down and the man himself lumbered onto the stage. A few years later, I remember the first time Jeff Clark read, —still maybe the only time I’ve seen him read?—at Small Press Traffic when it was still housed at the now defunct New College, and Jeff looked so terrified we had to pry him out of the shadows with a hook. All I’m saying is that this is one event you won’t want to miss, for Colin Smith is really something special. There’s a page on the Electronic Poetry Center devoted to Colin, with a sharp photo of the man by Tom Orange that I liked so much I put it at the top of this page.

On his EPC author page you can access poems, sound files, etc, and his biography:

Born and raised out of Oshawa, Ontario, Colin Smith studied creative writing at York University (often with Don Coles), and graduated in 1983 with a BFA in it. Moved to Vancouver in 1987 and immediately became part of Kootenay School of Writing “doings”. Was an active collective member c.1989 through 1996, and again from 2005 to 2007. Proofread many issues of Writing and Raddle Moon magazines.

His first book of poems, Multiple Poses, was published in 1997 by Tsunami Editions. A second, 8 x 8 x 7, is recently out from KRUPSKAYA.

He is now living for the second time in the isolation chamber and racial holy war otherwise known as Winnipeg, Manitoba.

When we were at the Positions Colloquium in Vancouver this past summer the organizers had us all write up Poetics Statements, and I thought Colin’s one of the very best.

I am going. You should go too.


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