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Lunch Poems at SFU | Clint Burnham and Jónína Kirton

When

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:00 PM

Where

Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC

Featured Poets

Clint Burnham teaches at SFU and has also worked at UBC, Emily Carr, and Capilano College. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. He will be reading from his forthcoming Talonbooks collection _Pound @ Guantánamo_: poetry written under conditions of wartime (the book's title implies an analogy between Ezra Pound, imprisoned at Pisa after World War II, and the inhabitants of the military/CIA prisons at Guantánamo Bay). This is writing from a Vancouver where “snowboarders board buses, carrying 2-4s of Lucky and smoking blunts as thick as a curling broom,” a “neoliberal Vancouver” with “neoliberal sushi/neoliberal beach/neoliberal wifi hotspots,” where a “right winger from east van” is “born to work, forced to rock.” Poemswritten in a city where bus drivers fix their trolley lines, and Squamish is a place you drive to, in your imagination, during a job interview conducted over the phone. Place, in his poetry, is both a name (but whose name? the colonizer? first nation? mall developer?) and a root grows in one’s popular culture as the only way to recognize the war machine (“why cadence weapon left Friendster/why the Flava Flav transformer twins’re buck-toothed”). A final word on style: Clint's language is compressed like an MP3 (one of the worst music files, notoriously). Clint can be followed on Twitter as @Prof_Clinty

Jónína Kirton a Métis/Icelandic poet brings her experience as a graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio, a sacred circle facilitator, and a student of Continuum, to her writing and teaching. She remains curious about memory and the many ways one can access it. Her first collection of poetry, page as bone ~ ink as blood, released in April 2015 by Talonbooks, has been described as, “restorative, intimate poetry, drawing down ancestral ideas into the current moment’s breath.” 
www.joninakirton.wix.com/poet.

 
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