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Earle Birney asks George Bowering for a glass of water

Posted | By Katherine McLeod

After reading for about eleven minutes, Earle Birney pauses to ask if there is any water to drink. There is a glass and a pitcher (audibly present) but nearly empty, and thus the evening’s host George Bowering heads out into the hallway to find Birney a cold beverage. This interlude of extra-poetic speech reveals that, despite it being mid-February, the room temperature feels more like summer and, more importantly, the humourous nature of the extra-poetic speech attunes the listener to the sociality as well as to the poetry.

Listen to the entire recording here.


Camlot, Jason. “Transcript Collage: Things said at, and remembered about, poetry readings, c.1966/c.2014.” “The Poetry Series,” Amodern 4 (2015).

Camlot, Jason and Christine Mitchell, eds. “The Poetry Series,” Amodern 4 (2015).

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