Friday, August 21, 2009

Aimless Reading: The D's, Part 20 (Jeff Derksen)

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Derksen, Jeff
Down Time

I am pretty sure I bought this on Now and again I decide to catch up on my reading of contemporary poetry and buy used copies in batches off the internet. I am pretty sure that's how I acquired this title. No, it has a price written on the inside. I bought it at Rust Belt Books.

I am wondering where Jeff Derksen is these days. I only met him twice, a long time ago. When I arrived in Buffalo in 1997, his name was on the tips of everybody's tongues. He featured at one of the first readings I went to in Toronto. Peter Jaeger introduced him. It was at a gallery on Spadina, not too far from Queen St. It was called the red something or other.

And I remember Jeff came to read a year or so later in the Wednesdays at 4 Plus series that Charles Bernstein ran. We went out to dinner after the reading at Gabriel's Gate. I hate the food at Gabriel's gate, but it's not a bad place to hang out. And they have free popcorn.

from Blind Trust

They will recognize other as outsiders: a questions which has long intrigued students. Coddled, malignant. Redundancy with distinctive features for the following combinations: nasal, causal, projective, or simply flagging down fellow motorists for conversations. No need to humble. Pronunciation of full R designates import car or North American. Autobiography. Down in the office the obsession is with absence, really what the pay's for. Very much present, spittle.


tyrone said...

Jeff is still in Vancouver fighting the man...I saw him Vancouver at a poetics conference last August--in fact, exactly one year ago today...Are you attending the & Now Innovative Literature Festival in Buffalo in October? I'm giving a paper--and two great readers Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th--Nate Mackey and Percivel Everett..

Michael Kelleher, Buffalo, NY said...

Hey Tyrone,

Thanks for the Derksen update. I will be at the conference, spectating. I think Stan Apps is staying with us and is also giving a paper. It'll be great to see you again. What are you giving a paper on?

Btw, if you happen to be in Motown on 9/16, I'll be reading in James' series. Otherwise, see you in October!

Are you going to AWP this year? I am on a panel and am taking part in a CHAX anniversary reading. Looking forward to Denver, which I haven't seen in 20 years!



tyrone said...

Not going to AWP--two panels turned down--and yes, it will be great to catch up at the &Now festival. Good luck/good reading in Detroit..I'll be in the throes of the semester (starts Monday) the Derrida entry and I feel the same way about geometry!

Jo said...

Hi, your blog appeared in my Google Alerts for Jeff Derksen, one of our favorite published poets. He gave a poetry reading recently at the event "Fred Wah and Friends." Here is a link to the event highlights, with his longer version to appear either this month or in January:


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