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Spring 2014 / 3.23


Editor’s Note
Translating Vancouver
A Conversation
Translating Translating Apollinaire (Gallifreyan)
Versions of Russian and French
from Schwarzmaut (Blacktoll) by Paul Celan
Sonnets: Guido Cavalcanti
The Monk's Tale
The Red River Twang
from Of Her, After Song
Synaesthesia-lese (Translaximations)
An Eye For An Eye
A conversation about language, music, and translation
from Limbinal
I Could See Everything
Ruminations on Self-Translation in Two Movements: a Dialogue and an Essay
extraits d'un ensemble intitulé: Du réel nous ne connaissons que ce qui arrive à notre corps
Extracts from Le Désert Mauve by Laure Angestelle, in translation by Maude Laure (1987)
Of the real we know only what happens to our body
we know not what will come to our bodies become
Quand Moure traduit Turcot: Making a Book of Hours into a Book of Ours
Seers of the Cosmos, do not mourn over the sceme of things
A Manifesto for Ultratranslation
Cut and Muzzled
Love and Strife (A translation of Empedocles Fragment 17)
from Saint Friend
from The Masses
Notes for Browsers
Three Machine Translations
from un/inhabited
Text-based Public Art in Vancouver
(trans. Chris Blackmore)
Ma translation
Different Languages
the line of paella according to jeriba shigan
Two Poems
Two Polylingual Poems
from Court of the Dragon
Punctuation 101
see to see —
Rhodopsin bop voluptuary: Virtualis, Christine Stewart and David Dowker (Bookthug 2013)
Visiting Yeats (1932)
Review of Cathy Busby’s Steve’s Vinyl (Pile Driver Editions / Visual AIDS 2013)
Not a curse, nor a bargain, but a hymn
Pauline, a new opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes
Wade Guyton’s inkjets, Liz Magor’s Marks
Lisa Robertson’s Thinking Space (Organism for Poetic Research 2013)
Audio-visual Translation: Seeing Voice and Hearing Space in SpokenWeb’s PoetryLab App
Cover: Allyson Clay, GroundSplatPink, 2013, oil on linen, 24 × 30 cm


JORDAN ABEL is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. Abel’s work has appeared in numerous periodicals, and his chapbooks have been published by Above/Ground Press and JackPine Press. Abel’s first book, The Place of Scraps (Talonbooks 2013), won the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

ANTENA is a language justice and literary experimentation collaborative founded by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both writers, artists, literary translators, bookmakers, and activist interpreters. Antena activates links between social justice work and artistic practice by exploring how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we inhabit. More info: http://antenaantena.org/.

OANA AVASILICHIOAEI’s books of poetry include We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn 2012) and feria: a poempark (Wolsak & Wynn 2008). Her most recent translation is Wigrum, a novel by Daniel Canty (Talonbooks 2013). She was the editor of the Quebec poetry-in-translation feature for Aufgabe 12 (2013). <oanalab.com>

CHRIS BLACKMORE is a Vancouver /Beijing based musician and writer. As Thin Gaze, Blackmore produces and performs deconstructed lounge. As a freelance writer, he works for everyone from NewHive.com to the Kuwaiti Markets Authority. He also studied for an MA in German history, emphasizing something called “trauma cinema.”

REBECCA BREWER is a visual artist living and working in Vancouver. Her first solo exhibition with Catriona Jeffries Gallery, The Written Face, took place this spring. Other recent exhibitions include Skirt the parlour, shun the zoo at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, Alberta; Through a Glass Darkly at the Vancouver Art Gallery; 6 Positions at WWTWO, Montreal; and Nine Paintings of Ayn Rand at Exercise, Vancouver.

NICOLE BROSSARD has influenced a generation of writers in Canada and abroad. Many of her books exist in English translation, most recently Intimate Journal, Fluid Arguments, Yesterday at the Hotel Clarendon, and Notebook of Roses and Civilization (trans. by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels, Griffin Prize finalist). Her work is widely translated. She is a member of l’Academie des lettres du Quebec and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent books in English are Fences in Breathing, Selections: The Poetry of Nicole Brossard, and White Piano (translated by Moure and Majzels).

CHRISTIAN BOK is the author not only of Crystallography (1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which went on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bok teaches English at the University of Calgary.

LORNA BROWN is a Vancouver-based artist, curator, and writer. Recent projects include Digital Natives, a public artwork commissioned by the City of Vancouver; Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties, an online digital archive of over 1000 texts, videos, films, and images, and Institutions by Artists, an international project involving a conference, print and online publishing, and commissioned artworks.

COLIN BROWNE’s most recent book of poetry is The Properties (Talonbooks 2012). A new collection is due next year.

SARAH BURGOYNE lives in Montreal. She has published two chapbooks, The Bread Days (Oak Press 2011) and Happy Dog, SadDog (Proper Tales Press 2013), and has a forthcoming chapbook, Love The Sacred Raisin Cakes (Baseline Press). She is currently working on a collection of psalm translations under the title Saint Friend.

“I am optimistic about the ability of communities to function outside prescriptive agendas and for the role art can play in contributing to justice-based social change.” CATHY BUSBY is a Canadian artist. She has been exhibiting her work internationally over the past twenty years. See cathybusby.ca.

AMY BUTCHER, one of three winners of the TCR translation contest, has a degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Toronto, where she also studied creative writing and produced plays with the Hart House Drama Society. The mother of twin boys, she currently works as a freelance translator on the South Shore of Montreal.

CHRISTOPHER BUTTERFIELD sang in King’s College Choir, Cambridge, from 1961-66. He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria and with Bulent Arel at SUNY Stony Brook. In 1992 he returned to Victoria where he teaches composition and fine art. His music is performed across Canada and Europe.

TED BYRNE is a Vancouver poet whose writing has always incorporated elements of translation. Recent work includes Beautiful Lies (CUE Books) and Sonnets: Louise Labé (Nomados). Sonnets: Guido Cavalcanti is a companion piece to the latter—together they comprise a book to be called Duets. Beautiful Lies is also part of an ongoing project that includes translations of Mallarme’s prose poems.

DANIEL CANTY is a Montreal writer and artist working in French and English. His novel Wigrum (La Peuplade 2011) was translated in English by Oana Avasilichioaei (Talonbooks 2013). His most recent book, Les États-Unis du Vent (La Peuplade 2014), is a memoir of a transfrontier odyssey. He has translated poetry by Stephanie Bolster, Charles Simic, Michael Ondaatje, and Erin Moure.

AMY SARA CARROLL, assistant professor of American Culture, Latina/o Studies, and English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is the author of two collections of poetry: SECESSION (Hyperbole Books 2012) and FANNIE + FREDDIE/The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography (Fordham UP 2013). Currently, she’s completing a critical monograph, “REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era.”

LISTEN CHEN lives in Vancouver and mucks around with words.

ALLYSON CLAY has a BFA in Painting from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA in Painting from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She lives in Vancouver and is on faculty in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

STEPHEN COLLIS is a poet and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University. His many books include The Commons (Talonbooks 2008), On the Material (Talonbooks 2010—awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), To the Barricades (Talonbooks 2013), and the novel The Red Album (BookThug 2013).

PETER CULLEY’s books of poetry include Hammertown (New Star 2003), The Age of Briggs & Stratton (New Star 2008), and Parkway (New Star 2013). His prose writings, chiefly on visual art, have been appearing in periodicals and catalogues since 1986. His blog “mosses from an old manse” dates from 2003. He lives in South Wellington on Vancouver Island.

LATASHA N. NEVADA DIGGS works with words, sound, video, and bodies. She is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013). Her work has been published nationally and performed internationally. A native of Harlem, she has received several awards, residencies, and fellowships for her interdisciplinary work. <www.latashadiggs.tumblr.com>

SARAH DOWLING is the author of Security Posture, Birds & Bees, and DOWN, forthcoming from Coach House Books in fall 2014. She is currently at work on a scholarly book, Remote Intimacies, concerning multilingual poetry, queer historiography, and comparative ethnic studies.

ELISA FERRARI is a Vancouver-based artist. In her work she combines audio-, visual-, and text-fragments to examine the aporias that exist between past experience and present depiction, memory, and narrative. Recent exhibitions include Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival, Richmond; NOPX Gallery, Italy; NFF12, Vancouver; Charles Scott Gallery, Vancouver; Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Italy; Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia.

MARK GOLDSTEIN is the author of three books of poetry published by the award-winning BookThug: Form of Forms (2012), Tracelanguage (2010), and After Rilke (2008). His poetry and criticism has also appeared in periodicals such as Open Letter, Matrix, and Jacket2. Presently, he lives in Venice, California.

GILES GOODLAND, born in Taunton, UK, was educated at the universities of Wales and California, took a D. Phil at Oxford, and has published a several books of poetry including A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan 2001), Capital (Salt 2006), What the Things Sang (Shearsman 2009), and Gloss (Knives Forks and Spoons Press 2011). He works in Oxford as a lexicographer and lives in West London.

JEN HOFER is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, and urban cyclist. She has published eight books in translation and three books of poetry, in addition to a number of handmade books in DIY editions. Her work is forthcoming from Dusie Books, Kenning Editions, Litmus Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse.

JULIAN HOU is an artist and musician living in Vancouver. He has a BA from Simon Fraser University and an M. Arch degree from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a curatorial resident at 221a and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at CSA space in the fall.

LIZ HOWARD was born and raised in northern Ontario and is of settler and Anishinaabe descent. Her first chapbook of poetry, Skullambient (Ferno House 2011), was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. She is currently completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of Guelph.

TARYN HUBBARD’s writing has appeared in Event, CV2, Room, The Golden Handcuffs Review, WOMANZINE, and others. She works in digital communications and lives in Surrey, BC. Her blog is kept at tarynhubbard.com.

PAOLO JAVIER is the author of four poetry collections, including Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books, forthcoming 2015). He edits 2ndavepoetry.com, and recently completed his tenure as Queens Poet Laureate (2010-14).

AMY KAZYMERCHYK is the Curator of Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University. In July 2013 she curated Crystal Tongue at Exercise Gallery, in conversation with the Lacan Salon’s 2013 LaConference. Since 2008 she has programmed DIM Cinema, a monthly evening of artists’ moving images.

GARRY NEILL KENNEDY is a senior Canadian artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently visiting-artist and instructor in the visual arts department of the University of British Columbia. He will have an exhibition at The Apartment, Vancouver, in mid-October, 2014.

NYLA MATUK’s first full-length collection is Sumptuary Laws (2012). A chapbook, Oneiric, was published by Frog Hollow Press in 2009. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Maisonneuve, The Walrus, ARC Poetry, Hazlitt, Canadian Notes and Queries, The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, and PN Review, among others.

STEVE McCAFFERY, English born and a longtime resident of Toronto, was a co-founder of the College of Canadian ’Pataphysics and is now the David Gray Endowed Professor of Poetry and Letters at SUNY Buffalo and Director of the Poetics Program.

Based in Winnipeg, J.J. KEGAN McFADDEN is an independent curator who publishes creative and critical texts throughout Canada’s artistrun network. Kegan worked with Cathy Busby on the exhibition Every Line & Every Other Line (PLATFORM, Winnipeg 2011; AKA Gallery/ P.A.V.E.D. Arts, Saskatoon 2012).

ERIN MOURE is a Montreal poet and translator of poetry from French, Galician, Portuguese, and Spanish; she’s also a contributing editor of TCR. Her latest publication is prose: a translation from Galician of Chus Pato’s Secession, coupled with her own response text Insecession (in one volume from BookThug 2014). Her translation of My Dinosaur by Francois Turcot is due from BookThug in 2016.

KAREN OCANA, one of three winners of the TCR translation contest, grew up in Toronto in a multilingual environment. Fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German, she earned a BA in French at the University of Toronto, and an MA in Comparative Literature at McGill. A Montrealer since 1988, Karen has recently relaunched her freelance translation career.

JOHN PLUECKER is a writer, interpreter, and translator. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics, and cross-border cultural production. He has translated more than six books from the Spanish, and has published three poetry chapbooks, Routes into Texas (DIY 2010), Undone (Dusie Kollektiv 2011) and Killing Current (Mouthfeel Press 2012).

PETER QUARTERMAIN’s Stubborn Poetries: Poetic Facticity and the Avant-Garde was recently published by the U of Alabama Press. In 2012 and 2013, the U of California Press published the two volumes of his edition of the Collected Poems and Plays of Robert Duncan.

GENEVIEVE ROBICHAUD composes between deux langues: English and Chiac. Her essays and prose have been published in Matrix, Lemon Hound, and the Cosmonaut’s Avenue. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University and is a PhD candidate at l’Universite de Montreal. She is also Assistant Editor for Lemon Hound.

DORA SANDERS wrote about her meeting with poet W.B. Yeats in 1932.

MITCH SPEED is an artist and writer based in Vancouver. He has contributed to Frieze, Camera Austria, The Bartleby Review, and others. With Charlie Satterlee and Claire Balderston, he edits a periodical called Setup. In 2012, he participated in the residency “A Paper, A Drawing, A Mountain,” at the Banff Centre.

From Kaifeng, China, and now based in Vancouver, YU SU moves freely between poetry, music, and visual arts. She is currently pursuing Asian studies at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in the ineffable.

ANNE TARDOS, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, is the author of I Am You (Salt 2008), and Both Poems (Roof 2011), among several others. She is the editor of Jackson Mac Low’s Thing of Beauty (U of California P 2008), 154 Forties (Counterpath 2012), and The Complete Light Poems, 1-60 (forthcoming from Chax).

MARIE-HELENE TESSIER is a visual artist and writer based in Vancouver. Her work is site-specific and is about performing the fiction of the real. She is interested in the language of surfaces; texture as text; identity as a set of objects; collecting and deconstructing all of human aspirations because everything speaks.

LARY TIMEWELL, one of three winners of the TCR translation contest, was publisher of Tsunami Editions in the 80s, and is a North Vancouver poet recently returned from twenty years in Fukushima, Japan. His most recent publication is the chapbook tones employed as loss (above/ground press), a section from the forthcoming title, molecular hyperbole.

MICHAEL TURNER is a Vancouver-based writer of fiction, criticism, and song. Recent off-line projects involve membership in seven anonymous collectives. He blogs at mtwebsit.blogspot.ca.

IAN WALLACE taught art history at the University of British Columbia (1967-70) and at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (1972-98). He has been active in the creation, promotion, and appreciation of innovative processes in contemporary art practice through writing, teaching, and exhibiting his work. In addition, he has been an influential figure in the development of an internationally acknowledged photographic and conceptual art practice in Vancouver.

MARGAUX WILLIAMSON is an artist living in Toronto. Her new book of paintings, I Could See Everything, will be out in the spring with Coach House Press.

DONNA ZAPF is the director of Graduate Liberal Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC.

RACHEL ZOLF’s fifth full-length book of poetry, Janey’s Arcadia, will appear this fall. Her collaborations include writing a film for New York artist Josiah McElheny that premiered at Art Basel Miami. She taught at The New School and University of Calgary, then happily left the institution to write junk mail for a living.

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