Ottawa Poems #1-28

In September, I very cleverly poured an entire coffee into my laptop. This complicated many much more important things, but it also interrupted my access to this blog thus stopping me from posting more of my erasures of Bill’s work. So, instead of starting again or posting them in smaller pieces, I am just goingContinue reading “Ottawa Poems #1-28”

These Actual Lines: A Book of Erasure #1-4

While editing The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (2015), I began doing  erasures of Bill’s poems. I focused on his 1966 collection Ottawa Poems and completed an erasure of each of the 28 poems in the book. I didn’t begin the work thinking of them as poems that I would share, instead thinking of it as aContinue reading “These Actual Lines: A Book of Erasure #1-4”

Peter Gibbon, William Hawkins

On heels of rob mclennan’s profile of In/Words two weeks ago, poet, editor and friend Peter Gibbon has written a short memoir on his time with the magazine as well and published it on his Conduit Canada blog. Pete has a pile of smart and insightful things to say about the mag, and some hilariousContinue reading “Peter Gibbon, William Hawkins”

Jay Macpherson, Emblem Books

Jay Macpherson died earlier this year (21 March 2012) at the age of 80. Her death was met with a surprising silence in its immediate wake (with a handful of exceptions). Macpherson is known primarily as a poet. Her reputation is built on a small number of collections in the 1950s, culminating in a GovernorContinue reading “Jay Macpherson, Emblem Books”

Something Else

Something Else was a short-lived Ottawa-based literary magazine. It survived for a single issue published in March 1963. I turned up a listing for it in the process of searching for previously uncollected William Hawkins poems. Hawkins edited the mag along with Denis Faulkner. Harry Howith and F.A. Harvey are listed as “Associates” on theContinue reading “Something Else”

Northern Comfort (Commoners’ Press: Ottawa, 1973)

[Originally published at Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, 23 April 2011] In November 2010, I published a bibliography of William Hawkins through my own Apt. 9 Press. In my brief introductory note, I wrote “this bibliography will likely be out of date upon the day of its publication. I imagine, and I hope, that once it isContinue reading “Northern Comfort (Commoners’ Press: Ottawa, 1973)”

Some Notes on the Print History of William Hawkins’ Ottawa Poems

[Originally published at Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, 14 May 2009] “Give this meaning as you may, or must,” William Hawkins, #27 (from Ottawa Poems) I’m a newcomer to Ottawa poetry, but by no means a newcomer to Ottawa. I was born here, and raised, and am presently on the verge of completing my “higher” education inContinue reading “Some Notes on the Print History of William Hawkins’ Ottawa Poems”