More Artistic Yelling For Drunk People

I had a great time featuring at the Victoria Poetry Slam last week. So much poetry enthusiasm in that city. I stayed withmagpieulysses, poured wine from broken-neck bottles through tea strainers into tumblers, and hammered out some fine lyric gold. 

The feature set was great. Magpie was hosting. She couldn't think of anything to embarrass me with for the introduction, so I did it myself. You know how when you get nervous, you get clammy hands. Well, I get clammy ass cheeks. True story. After that, I broke into "In The Name Of" (aka "Crusades Take Two"), ending with Let's get drunk and rowdy with poetry! which I didn't plan to say, but summed up the mood of the evening. The rest of the set went swimmingly.

fyi, Quatchi Clearance at London Drugs!

Poetry is Dead! Long live poetry!

A new lit mag called Poetry is Dead launched their first issue this Sunday. I wrote an essay about the rise of spoken word, an extended version of my drunken response to Betsy Warland. And "Dear Sasquatch" was published as well, just in time for the Olympics.

The party, though, that's what really has me excited about this crew. They throw a great party. The Grace Gallery was packed! It probably helps that they each work for a bunch of magazines, including Geist, Narwhal, Sad Mag, Megaphone, Adbusters, and others. These folks know how to get the word out.

I closed out the readings with a performance of "Dear Sasquatch", which slayed. I was telling Natalie Gray (an awesome poet also published in PID) afterward that, really, we don't need to write new material, just find new audiences. I can't wait to break out "Donair Daze" on an audience like that, the full ten minute version. I can't wait to break out RC Weslowski on a crowd like that, the full Duchamp version. To quote my ex-gf, they will shit their minds.

"Dear Sasquatch" in HD

A huge thank you to the man with the ever-present ninja HD camera, Zaccheus Jackson, for this video. It's on facebook. Those without a facebook profile will be unable to view it, which is crap. If anyone knows how to embed fb video into the greater interwebs, please let me know.

UPDATE: haHA! Paul Fischer found the same performance from another angle uploaded to somewhere I can embed from. It's not HD, and the preview screen grab is ridiculous, but for those of you not on fb, here it is!