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Listening Practice Guided by Katherine Mcleod — Apr 01, 2020 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - Richler Library, LB 655

A weekly session for exploring and experimenting with different modes of listening. Each week our practice will be guided by an expert from SpokenWeb. What is listening? What are we listening for when we are listening? What are listening techniques for different disciplines? Join us, once or weekly, for Listening Practice. All are welcome!

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Daphne Marlatt reading “Lagoon” (Post)

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Daphne Marlatt starts her reading with poems from Vancouver Poems (1972), a deeply local collection that she had not yet published when this reading took place at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal. She tells the audience that she will explain the local references as she goes along, starting with the first poem that refers to Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. What Marlatt could not have anticipated is that the poems would become pathways to revisit the city when republishing many of them years later in Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now (2013).

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Listening Practice Guided by Klara du Plessis and Katherine McLeod — Nov 27, 2019 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - Richler Room, LB-655

A weekly session for exploring and experimenting with different modes of listening. Each week our practice will be guided by an expert from SpokenWeb. What is listening? What are we listening for when we are listening? What are listening techniques for different disciplines? Join us, once or weekly, for Listening Practice. All are welcome!

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SpokenWeb Outreach Tables at the AELAQ Book Fair — Nov 30, 2019 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - LB Building, Mezzanine

Curious about what SpokenWeb is, who’s involved, and what we have planned for the year ahead? Thinking of collaborating with us or maybe just attending one of our events? Our student team would love for you to stop by our table to have a chat, share some treats. Find out how you can get involved […]

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SpokenWeb Open House — Oct 20, 2019 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - Hall Building

Curious about what SpokenWeb is, who’s involved, and what we have planned for the year ahead? Thinking of collaborating with us or maybe just attending one of our events? Our student team would love for you to stop by our table to have a chat, share some treats. Find out how you can get involved […]

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SpokenWeb Outreach Tables at the AELAQ Book Fair — Dec 01, 2019 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - LB Building, Mezzanine

Curious about what SpokenWeb is, who’s involved, and what we have planned for the year ahead? Thinking of collaborating with us or maybe just attending one of our events? Our student team would love for you to stop by our table to have a chat, share some treats. Find out how you can get involved […]

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SpokenWeb Outreach Tables — Nov 19, 2019 (Events)

Montreal - Concordia University - Hall Building, , Mezzanine

Curious about what SpokenWeb is, who’s involved, and what we have planned for the year ahead? Thinking of collaborating with us or maybe just attending one of our events? Our student team would love for you to stop by our table to have a chat, play some audio trivia, and maybe even record some poetry […]

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Earle Birney asks George Bowering for a glass of water (Post)

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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.

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Dorothy Livesay reading “The Unquiet Bed” (Post)

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Dorothy Livesay’s poem “The Unquiet Bed” has appeared on the pages of many Canadian poetry anthologies, but what cannot be heard fully on the page is the sound of this poem as a ballad. It is an “unquiet” poem. The refrain – “The woman I am / is not what you see” – suggests that both the speaker and the poem are not what you see, though perhaps they are what you hear.

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Muriel Rukesyer, reading “Anemone” (Post)

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During her introductory remarks (featured in last week’s Audio of the Week), poet Muriel Rukeyser asks the audience not only to raise their hands if they’ve ever written a poem but also to reflect upon what drives people to attend poetry readings in the first place. She speculates that people come and listen to poems because of embodied elements – the breathing, the heartbeat, the rhythms – and because of something else that is created while sharing a poem together. In her reading, there are poems in which one is acutely aware of being together, listening, even while listening to the recording. This poem is one of them: “Anemone” (The Speed of Darkness, 1968) – a poem that enacts Rukeyser’s opening remarks by making the room at once oceanic and intimate, and by saying to the listener: “You are here.”

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