Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Our third Argo Featured Reading took place on Valentine’s Day, and coincidentally, much of our readers’ work centered ’round the topic. In order of appearance, we had the devastating sentiments of Michael Saunders, the romantic travelogues of Blade Runner’s Deckard and Rachel in the poetry of Jacob Spector, and Asa Boxer, who presented a wide-range of topical pieces including a salacious tale of Rimbaud and Verlaine, and the journey of Dante through Ikea.
Our apologies for the occasional, nigh-nautical creaking of the ol’ Argo you’ll hear now and then in the recording.
At the time of this recording, Michael Saunders was currently aiming for Masters studies in Theory at Western Univeristy, with academic work focusing on the realms of Speculative Medievalism, Speculative Realism, and Object-Oriented Ontology.Â He recently gave a talk at Concordiaâ€™s first Undergraduate Colloquium with the paper Storm Still: Aristotelian Hamartia as Radical Unknowing in King Lear.
Jacob Spector is a graduate of Creative Writing at Concordia Univeristy. He has participated in a recording with the Synapse Readings (created by Sina Queyras, and curated by Steph Colbourn and Lizy Mostowski). Jacob has contributed poetry to The Incongruous Quarterly, Void Magazine, and Black and White Journal, and is the author of Scrapple (No Press 2012).
Asa Boxerâ€™s first bookÂ Mechanical Bird was first published by Montrealâ€™s Vehicule Press in 2007, and won the Canadian Authors Association Prize. As Mechanical Bird had hit a controlled, yet coiled note on the relationship between authenticity and artifice, his latest book Skullduggery upped the ante when published in 2011. It is deeper in its breadth of forms and achieves even greater highs and lows of falsity and truthfulness, with comic twists to boot. Essentially, as Vehicule itself deems, it gives â€œa simple message: Trust nothing.â€ For some preambulatory reading, check out Asaâ€™s online chapbook on the subject of his father, Avi Boxer, an East-end poet who ran alongside the likes of A.M. Klein, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen here. Either that, or check out the issues of Poetry London , Arc, Books in Canada, Maisonneuve, and Canadian Notes & Queries (CNQ) heâ€™s been in.