Link

Thanks to 49th Shelf for hosting my guest blog post about some poetry sources and inspirations for my own new book of poems, Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them. Read the post at
https://49thshelf.com/Blog/2020/01/30/Poetry-Can-Only-Be-Made-Out-of-Other-Poems

A #ClimateStrike soundtrack encore: playback link and full track list

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall”
Bob Dylan, “Shelter from the storm”
Rolling Stones, “Gimme shelter”
Metric, “Black Sheep”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”
Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Cities in Dust”
The Mission, “Like a Hurricane”
Sisters of Mercy, “This Corrosion” (with sample of Sneaker Pimps, “Spin Spin Sugar” [Armand’s dark garage mix])
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Straight to You”
U2, “Until the End of the World”
Leonard Cohen, “The Future”
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Sundown”
Moby, “Everything Is Wrong”
Enya, “Storms in Africa”
Enya, “Storms in Africa (Part 2)”
God Within, “Raincry”
Princess Nokia, “Biohazard Butterfly”
Mobb Deep, “Hell on Earth”
Kings of the Rollers feat. Lydia Plain, “The Sky Is Falling”
S.P.Y. feat. Inja, “Landslide”
The Specials, “Too Hot”
Tom Waits, “Earth Died Screaming”
Neil Young, “Vampire Blues”
Bruce Cockburn, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”
Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble”
Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”
Spirit Of the West, “Save This House”
Knife Party, “Bonfire”
Morcheeba feat. Roots Manuva, “Blaze Away”
Civil Twilight, “Fire Escape”
Eurythmics, “When Tomorrow Comes”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
Arya, “Warriors”
Destiny’s Child, “Survivor”
Hot As Sun, “Mother I’m Alive”
Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After”

New book: Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them

It’s a delight to announce the publication of my debut book of poems, Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them, from Athabasca University Press. At the link you can buy a print copy or download a free, open-access PDF copy. I’m a firm believer that open access doesn’t mean losing sales, it means gaining audience, and the audience for poetry (which has grown significantly of late) can always use broadening. Open access publishing with AU Press lets me extend a web-wide invitation to #OpenPoetry.

I’m surprised and honoured by the early praise given the book by two major Canadian writers. Di Brandt (author of Glitter & Fall) calls the book “a brilliant, crazy, deliciously carnivalesque romp through the surreal landscape of our times”; and Douglas Barbour (author of Listen. If) calls it “a wild mixtape of literary forms.” I’m inexpressibly grateful for these authors’ kind, generous words.

The book uses Surrealist techniques, like cut-up, juxtaposition, and détournement, in a fugue of poetic forms (centos, science fiction, sonnets, etc.) to tackle subjects ranging from love and work to anxiety disorders and ecological crisis. Moving from eroticism to the macabre and from transformative quotation to the individual idiom, the book enacts Northrop Frye’s claim that “poems can only be made from other poems,” and shows how citation is integral to creativity; authors need fair dealing too.

To give a sense of my work’s debts to others, I’ve created a mixtape of the songs that the book quotes, alludes to, or otherwise references. This mix sequences songs in the order in which their excerpts appear in the book. (Some poems quote no music, and some poems quote more than one song.) The mix includes all songs listed in the book’s Acknowledgments, and other songs from which the book uses short excerpts like titles or very short phrases. More than just further acknowledgment, this mix also means remuneration: Mixcloud pays royalties (to labels at least, and hopefully to artists too). And many artists featured in this mix are Canadian. (Support Can con!)

Whether you #OpenPoetry in print or digitally, I hope you like what you find. Thanks for reading.

Track list

00:00 Peter Gabriel, “Gethsemane”
01:36 Karyn Levitt, “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life”
03:28 Heart, “These Dreams”
07:46 The Bee Gees, “More Than a Woman”
11:03 Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
14:51 The Zombies, “She’s Not There”
17:25 Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”
22:08 R.E.M., “So. Central Rain”
25:34 R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
29:12 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is Sinking”
33:13 Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River”
37:50 Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
43:47 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “April Skies”
47:44 Bob Geldof, “Thinking Voyager 2 Type Things”
55:54 Stevie Wonder, “Heaven Help Us All”
59:24 The Muppet Show cast, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
1:01:35 The Boys Next Door, “Shivers”
1:06:20 Brewer and Shipley, “One Toke Over the Line”
1:09:43 The Velvet Underground, “Sister Ray”
1:27:05 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Breathless”
1:30:11 Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights”
1:34:48 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
1:38:59 Sarah McLachlan, “O Canada”
1:40:39 Louis Armstrong, “I Guess I’ll Get The Papers and Go Home”
1:43:08 Tori Amos, “Tear In Your Hand”
1:48:06 The English Beat, “Mirror In the Bathroom”
1:50:55 Aphrodite, “Tower Bass”
1:56:24 The Spoons, “Romantic Traffic”
1:59:50 Enigma, “Mea Culpa”
2:04:21 Cowboy Junkies, “‘Cause Cheap is How I Feel”

Link & track list for summer 2019 drum & bass mix

Track list
00:00 Taylor Swift & London Elektricity, “You need to calm down” & “Tone poem”
02:47 Adele & M.I.A., “Send my love” & “Paper planes”
06:25 Kings of the Rollers, “You got me”
10:13 London Elektricity feat. Hugh Hardie, “Tape loops (Villem remix)”
13:40 Soligen, “Beautiful”
16:10 S.P.Y. feat. Inja, “Landslide”
21:09 Urbandawn, “Spectrum”
25:22 Kings of the Rollers feat. Lydia Plain, “The sky is falling”
29:34 Bladerunner, “Revolution”
31:06 Vampire Weekend, “Harmony Hall”
36:40 Primal Scream, “Come together (Farley mix)”
43:39 Urbandawn feat. Tyson Kelly, “Come together”
48:09 Logistics, “The trip (2017 remaster)”
53:31 JFB, “Shake it”

Link

Who owns copyright in what you publish?

“Who owns copyright in what you publish?” is the talk I delivered for #ACCUTE2019 at this year’s Congress in Vancouver, and it’s now online, in full, as a post for English Matters, the blog of the Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English.

“There are many interests vying for rights to your research, and many ways to assert or regain your own control over those rights. It’s important to know what the main regulatory contexts are — and what your options are.”

Read the full text of the talk at accute.ca/accute-blog/.

This research has been supported with the generous assistance of Athabasca University’s Academic & Professional Development Fund.

Link & track list for Dr Teeth’s live DJ set for #ACCUTE2019 @ UBC’s encore #CongreSSH

ICYMI, here you can stream the DJ set I played at #ACCUTE2019 (or DM me if you want a DL version).

Track list:

00:00 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light”
04:20 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light (Teequa remix)”
05:42 Underworld, “Born slippy” [sampled 05:42-06:29]
07:42 Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq, “You got to run (Spirit of the wind)”
08:06 Fatboy Slim, “Going out of my head” [sampled 08:06-11:20]
10:52 A Tribe Called Red featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Working for the government” (2015 mix)
14:46 Lizzo, “Good as hell (BNDR remix)”
17:58 Taylor Swift, “Blank space (Jump Smokers remix)” [19:22-19:42: i turnt down the tunes to rock the mic with welcome & inviting of requests]
22:22 Armand van Helden featuring Duane Harden, “You don’t know me”
26:12 Walk the Moon, “Shut up and dance”
29:20 Operators, “Cold light”
32:14 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Head on”
36:28 The Cult, “Sanctuary”
40:34 Michael Jackson, “Wanna be startin’ somethin'”
45:57 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
50:16 Tom Haverford aka Aziz Ansari, Sample from “Banger Test” Parks & Recreation S6E18
50:23 Scissor Sisters, “I don’t feel like dancin'”
54:11 Jimmy Cliff, “Wonderful world, beautiful people” [sample]
55:03 Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
58:13 Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con calma”
1:00:54 Rascalz featuring Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Thrust & Choclair, “Northern Touch (A Tribe Called Red remix featuring Black Bear)”
1:04:34 Warren G featuring Nate Dogg, “Regulate”
1:08:23 Harry Nilsson, “Gotta get up”
1:10:50 Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, “ME!”
1:12:08-:56 John Holt, “Police in helicopter (Benny L remix)” [sample]
1:13:44 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
1:18:06 Whitney Houston, “How will I know”
1:22:26 Prince, “Raspberry beret (12″ extended mix)”
1:27:44 Arcade Fire, “Everything now”
1:32:27 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
1:38:54 Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Come on Eileen”
1:42:50 Men Without Hats, “Safety dance”
1:45:18 Redbone, “Come and get your love”
1:49:20 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is sinking”
1:53:31 The Smiths, “Bigmouth strikes again”
1:56:37 Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”
2:00:49 Lizzo, “Truth hurts”
2:03:12 Drake, “Nice for what”
2:06:20 Blackstreet featuring Dr Dree & Queen Pen, “No diggity”
2:10:23 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift shop”
2:14:00 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
2:16:35 ABBA, “Dancing queen”
2:18:44 Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full (Coldcut remix)” [sample]
2:20:06 The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ alive”
2:24:44 Roxette, “The look”
2:28:00 Boney M, “Rasputin”
2:32:23 Rihanna, “Don’t stop the music”
2:35:31 Pulp, “Common people”
2:41:12 The Clash, “Rock the Casbah”
2:44:41 AC/DC, “You shook me all night long”
2:47:53 Lady Gaga, “Born this way”
2:51:20 Harry Belafonte, “Jump In the Line (Shake Shake Senora)”
2:54:56 Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
2:59:32 Queen featuring David Bowie, “Under pressure”
3:03:07 Madonna, “Vogue”
3:07:44 Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
3:11:19 Deadmau5 & Leonard Cohen, “Complications want it darker (Dr Teeth mashup)”
3:15:02 Salt-N-Pepa, “Push it”
3:19:27 Marvin Gaye, “Got to give it up”
3:23:14 Prince, “Baltimore”
3:27:27 Donna Summer, “Last dance”

Full Tracklist for _DJ practice outtakes (warmups for ACCUTE at #CongreSSH 2019) Vol 2_