Chapbooks! Fair’s fair!

new chapbook!
Aren’t they pretty? I finally got a minute to take a look at my new title! today’s woods came out on Saturday at the Ottawa small press fair. It comes with subscription packages of above/ground.

It is play in the story of the three bears, legends and cultural cartoons of bears versus real information of real bears. For example,

Scenario A, they were called away from the meal on emergency
and to add insult to injury came home to a home invasion.

dad entered first. don’t go by size or slender frame: I’ve seen
large sows that could mistakenly be identified as males

The thing I like from the fair is seeing what’s new, making one of my biggest income days of the year, and how it’s like a reunion; a chance to chat with people, new and familiar. Great to talk to people. For a relative hermit like me, spending most time writing at home, it’s a social extravaganza.

It’s fun to see people go all bug-eyed at the plethora. I offered one little kid a wooden heart and he went to eat it. The dad caught the hand. Kid looked confused. Apparently when adults offer kids things, it’s usually food. Or else there’s an eat impulse.

Other things of the fair:
books & chapbooks & ephemera
Including various things I’ve been meaning to get for a while. I have much reading ahead of me.

Some is done. Bird Facts as wonderful on the page. And letterpress pretties.

I was pretty tied to my table by running it myself. Next time I’ll get someone with me again so I can run about more. (I’ll add that to my list of things to prepare for fair. A list helps. Or else I forget key things, like lunch, or a tablecloth, or a float.)

pearl at phafours,
With wearing my CKCU swag. Christian McPherson took my photo:
Christian mcPherson

Also across the way was in/words
in/words table

and Margaret Virany with her 3rd book:
Margaret Virany

My table with things I composed, or edited, or published under my press phafours.

Last fair people more often wanted to buy mini chapbooks individually. This time, packaged ones of the fall set or the spring set were the thing. (But then, it only takes a few people to make a pattern from randomness.)

The wood veneer bookmarkets were suprisingly popular as covet-items. I’ll have to make more of those. It’s a sapele wood veneer (an African mahogany).

Monty Reid’s Kissing Bug was the most popular by number sold, and by those who came by just to ooh.

As Sean Moreland wisely pointed out, some pay with appreciation and encouragement as the currency. Some pay cash. Both payments cheerfully accepted.

I’ll be at Meet the Presses in Toronto on the 22nd. That’ll be my first time there. A lot of presses I admire. (Shelves, are you ready for this?)

Other new books and chapbooks that came in over the last couple weeks:
(Missing a few that are on the lam somewhere in the house.) More are coming in the mail.

The last two weeks and the next three are pretty hectic then the five weeks after I can make large blocks for sustained projects.

Another post at pesbo soon, likely.

Blowing Bubbles that Don’t Pop

During the HintonburgHappening there were all kinds of arts events — try a potter’s wheel, go to women’s drumming circles, make a thankfulness kit, watch (or assist) a magician, watch paintings being painted, be photographed by the LoveOttawaProject. One option was to go to the glass blowers.

It’s the same as pottery, in that you’re shaping the earth, except you’re dealing with melted sand at 2200 freaking degrees or so.

We’ve gone twice before to glassblowers that offered the chance but I wimped out.

I made it myself, kinda. Flo Glass Blowing does the kiln, tools, materials, explanations, guidance, but you get to be involved.

Hubby photographed me picking up my choice of colors.

While we were there there were 4 other pairs where one person photographed the friend doing this.

You could make it and then opt for it to be melted away again or pay and keep it for $15 which is around half the usual price.

My little pile.

Turn it smoothly and fast enough to keep the molten glowing clump on the stick and even in the glory hole.

Blow and stop when Melody says. Sounded a little like lamaze class. It was surprisingly hard to blow. Like a balloon, a lot of blowing to start and push thru the mass then less, in this case to not blow out the end of the bubble as the teacher rolls and shapes the other end.

Some people could blow steady and hard and fast and made a big bubble quickly. Others didn’t have the wind and it had to be taken back and reheated once or twice more. Some ended up with a big, medium or small ball. Mine needed a reheat. Apparently I’m not full of hot air.

Nothing phallic to see here. Moving on.

The instructors, Melody or Stephanie while we were there, cut it off the metal rod, added the molten gob and stretched and twisted it to make the eyelet for a string.

The colors while hot are different than what they’ll return to when cooled. All that padding is round-shaped and keeps the heat safely away before it goes in the fridge. The glass looks cool but they marked your number with chalk. The chalk flashed into fire.

I blew it last week. It cools a little bit quickly but entirely slowly. It takes a controlled slow cooling to not crack.

With that many people coming thru people have to cooperate in a system to keep the place in working order. Case in point:


Pretty tools!

They have a video at their site showing inside the studios. They have several classes to do things from paperweights to oil lanterns and glasses. You can rent studio time as with a pottery place. While you’re there you might notice there’s a stained glass store/studio a couple doors down in the same strip mall. They also do classes.

Great Glebe Garage Sale

At the Great Glebe Garage Sale I have never seen so many people carrying paintings – like leaf-cutter ants heading off from a tree.

I wondered if the ones boarding busses with mannequins need to pay double fare.

It was a dog-see-dog world.

I considered photographing the kids with their lemonade stand but instead, just had a pink lemonade.

band at Great Glebe Garage Sale
Out by Ecology Ottawa The Sentries played peppy island-flavoured ska.

band at Great Glebe Garage Sale
And people jumped in to dance.

Mostly it was more jam-packed sidewalks and roads closed to cars as people sold an inconceivable number of stuffed animals and well-thumbed pulp fiction.

We talked about how the Great Glebe Garage Sale would be different from the Great Grebe Garage Sale…Different nesting material, largely. But I suggested entrepreneurial Grebes among the shore might to manufacture anxiety to create a problem so they could sell the solution of anti-poacher tools. They might act like deer-scarers but be more effective for humans. The Glebe on the whole is far more welcoming.

It’s remarkable how some people have a sense of competitive haggling even when given a good deal. The joy is in the fight and their deprived without it. Some can’t seem to feel good until they take advantage of people who are already offering new things for a pittance. No, half a pittance.

My favorite thing that I didn’t buy was a lump of cement with a felt bottom. A plate on it read: This is a non-battery, non-engine-powered silently operating paperweight. (Or something like that.)

Great Glebe Garage sale
There was the occasional odd thing on the sidewalk, like a mantle and mirror that took 2 people to carry, or a tree and boxes on boxes of postcards.

Still thousands of others around were content and chatting or gawking, pockets stuffed with wands, hands full of vases. The photo I missed was a man carrying a box 3x his width with big magic market label on it of “LAMP??”

a lot for a pet charity
The pet charity set up a couple parking lots of rummage sale. When a browser asked if the books were organized in any way, ah, that’s what a genuine guffaw sounds like. Take anything for any amount of donation given to someone in a green helmet. Perhaps me in a funny hat from there will surface sometime from the Bri side of things.

origami flowers
Even indoor spaces were bustling, like the unrefined olive with its origami flowers providing a quiet sunny nook.

We walked a lot. I found these, including 100 Indian recipes which aims to give proper attention to form and technique that French and other cuisines have, and 82 recipes for fiddleheads from pottage to deep fried to muffins.

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At times there was warm sun and the scent of flowers.

I think that counts as a grand adventure.

Quote: “But this is why you have to talk with people. Can’t live in a roomful of mirrors your whole life. You need other perspectives, if only to solidify your own.” ~ Lodo

I think ice is rather nice

Sugaru Kanbayashi & Kevin Ashe
Sugaru Kanbayashi & Kevin Ashe of Ottawa made this ice sculpture.

Sugaru Kanbayashi & Kevin Ashe

Sugaru Kanbayashi & Kevin Ashe
It’s at Confedeation Park as part of Winterlude which is on for another couple days. This year they added non-ice sculptures as well to hedge their bets.

Wanchalerm Sukseekao & Jiroj Chanwar
Wanchalerm Sukseekao & Jiroj Chanwar of Dubai/United Arab Emirates made this one.

Wanchalerm Sukseekao & Jiroj Chanwar
Curl something like a fern.

Noteable Quotable: ” “Life is only a flicker of melted ice.” ~ Serbian poet Dejan Stojanovic

13 Feb 2013, 5:57pm
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Crowd Sourcing Poetry

A few things, poetry-wise or penny-wise…show the love for poetry…

If you want to give words, you can throw some to Sachiko Murakami who is crowd-sourcing stories and fragments from airports for her next poetry manuscript.

In Ottawa, VERSeFest’s Indiegogo is at $2810 donated for Ottawa’s poetry festival, one of the spring literary festivals gearing up nationally. Over a dozen reading series in town are cooperating to put together a lineup of all genres of poetry.

Over a dozen poetry reading series invite their choices of readers. The lineup is yet to be announced but BookThug gives spoilers: Christine McNair, Ken Babstock and Anne Simpson. above/ground mentions Gil McElroy and Nicole Markotic and on Literary Landscapes names of invited poets include Matthew Sweeney and Rita Ann Higgins.

Want to help tip it to $3000?

You can donate freeform. Any amount. How about a hand-written poem by Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award Winner Phillip Levine? Yours for $500 donation.

Or pick a form…

The Ghazal Level: $50
Your choice of:

  1. You’ll get a one-day pass of your choice, VIP seating plus cupcakes for two[!!], or
  2. a signed copy of the latest book by any of the festival performers both accompanied by all the perks for the lesser donations, and a tax receipt.

Quatrain Level: $20
You’ll receive a refreshment ticket good for one drink of your choice of water, pop, beer or wine. You’ll get a frameable VERSeFest poster autographed by the organizing committee, a VERSeFest name tag indicating that you’re a festival supporter. And we’ll include a VERSeFest button, plus a receipt for an income tax deduction.

The Rhyming Couplet Level: $10
Donors will get a VERSeFest name tag indicating that you’re a festival supporter. And we’ll include a VERSeFest button.

Every bit helps, as demonstrated by Bell’s Let’s Talk. Yesterday that raised $4,418,313 from 96,266,266 calls, texts, tweets and shares. With each Retweet came a 5¢ donation; participation added up to $4645.25!

The final figure has yet to come in from the A-Frame fundraiser on the Feb 6th event but A-frame group at FB, Jean says it’s made over $14,000.

Quote: “You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the
won-lost record of the referee.” ~ John H. Holcomb

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