Wednesday 4 July 2007

Neglected but not forgotten

The blog’s been quiet of late, but to catch you up here are some photos from Arc’s launch of its "Forgotten and Neglected" issue which occurred at Ottawa’s Manx pub on June 23rd.

Included among the issue’s 13 contributions are essays by Signal Editions poet Anita Lahey (on Dorothy Roberts) and Signal Editions Editor Carmine Starnino (on James Denoon) as well as a very special piece by Asa Boxer (last photo on the left) who wrote about his father, Montreal poet Avi Boxer (1932-1987) —a piece the editors Anita Lahey and Matthew Holmes describe as an “uncompromising analysis” which provides “a new layer on legendary 1950s Montreal, the land of Layton and Klein." Asa’s poetry debut The Mechanical Bird is forthcoming from Signal Editions in October, and as a special treat we're readying a new edition of our Virtual Chapbook which will feature something Asa discovered among his father’s effects following his death: rare and candid photos of CanLit lions in their younger days (Al Purdy, Margaret Atwood and Louis Dudek among them). Not to be missed.

In the meantime, here’s Asa reading his father's poem "Galileo's Telescope" and here's Asa reading at Zeke’s Galley on July 7, 2006 as part of the launch for Anita Lahey's Signal book Out to Dry in Cape Breton

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