Submitted by Ian Williams on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
At the end of April, I took CBC's Magic 8 Questionnaire. The good folks at Canada Writes select eight questions posed by Canadian authors for me to answer. Great concept.
Here's question 6:
6. From Cordelia Strube: Do you think your work will still be around 50 years from now?
Future Ian has returned from 2063 to answer this question. Pastians, th’ansr=evrythng b still arOnd in the fute. Evry last wrd b on th’internet. As Presentians, we still deb8 th’ethics of immortal info given the mortality of mortals. + Todd says hi and don’t worre. (U will kno who he b.)
Submitted by Ian Williams on Monday, April 29, 2013
I heard some music rising today, decontextualized, and recognized just how timeless the second movement of Beethoven's seventh symphony is. It really steals up on you.
Handel, for me, is the composer who can do the most with the fewest instrumental resources. Beethoven, I realized today, can work with almost nothing--no rhythmic urgency, no sugary melodies, no radical harmonies or counterpoint--and still manage to dumbfound.
The movement is iterative. More of the same, but with very slight shifts of being, dynamics, orchestration. From bar to bar, there is the steadiness, the magic, of the autonomous nervous system going about its work. Then you realize, I am breathing. Then you realize, The side of my neck is pulsing. I have been kept alive for 33 years without my will. Not against my will but without it.
Submitted by Ian Williams on Friday, April 26, 2013
You're not going to believe this.
Personals is shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award! The award is presented annually to the best poetry collection published by an Alberta-based publisher. Personals is also up for a cover design award (Yay, Natalie Olsen!). If you haven't seen the cover, turn your eyes to the left. Easy now. Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise routine.
The winners will be announced in Edmonton on May 25.
Submitted by Ian Williams on Monday, April 22, 2013
The National Post is going to feature an interview and a poem by the Griffin finalists for the next seven weeks until the winner is announced in a fete of confetti and cymbal clashing. My interview and poem appeared in last Saturday's Post.
Q: What’s one book you’d give to a young writer?
A: Margaret Atwood’s Power Politics. It begins my bookcase: top shelf, left side, like a cursor.
Mark Medley asks other questions like, "What’s the worst trend in modern poetry?" and "Name one poet, living or dead, it seems everyone loves but you." Oh, I'd love to ask that last one of some other writers.