bissett was born in 1939, which makes him of my mother’s generation. Unlike my mother, he’s still around–here he was in 2010, giving a performance of his spoken poetry at the Words Aloud 7 Spoken Word Festival in Durham, Ontario. I found it cuz I went looking for his ‘why i write like ths’ cuz he writes differently–haven’t found it, yet. [Much later….] But I found this: ‘For [literary critic Steven McCafferey] “sheer libidinal will to power” is the force driving bissett’s writing, which he describes as “intensely libidinal and violently anti-grammatical”, grammar being to language what puritanism is to social behaviour.’ Uh-oh. I’ve been described as a grammar nazi. Am I puritan too?
more spoken poetry
a desert between us and them
There’s a doc called ‘A Desert Between Us and Them‘ about citizens in the War of 1812 on TVO, Oct 5, 9pm. Here’s a preview. Looks gritty.
the original six
Let me tell you about the Original Six. There were six, but they’re not original. The NHL had those six teams for twenty-five years, from 1942 to 1967. By then, the NHL was already decades old. During its heyday in the 1920s, there were over ten teams, including two from Montreal. The Bruins, the Blackhawks, the Rangers, and the Red Wings got their start then, the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens earlier. But for the Baby Boomers (for whom there is no past or future, only the present–but not in a Zen way nor a carpe diem way but a myopic way) these are the Original Six. For now.