Monthly Archives: December 2010

Messagio Galore take VII: January 23, 2011

an evening of sound poetry (& similar)
focussing on extended works & miniatures

featuring the voices of
jwcurry, Lesley Marshall, Christine McNair, Alastair Larwill, Grant Wilkins

reading work by:
Antonin Artaud
Alastair Larwill
Robert Ashley
don sylvester houédard
Sam Loyd
Michèle Provost
Richard Truhlar
bob cobbing
Ernst Jandl
Franz Mon
Rob Read
Frank Zappa

Doors open at 7:00 pm, reading at 7:30 pm. $15 at the door (facebook invite)

Interview on December 23, 2010 with jwcurry about the upcoming performance (CKCU Literary Landscapes with Christine McNair): literary-landscapes-jw-curry

previous Messagio Galore readings:
Amanda Earl’s review of Messagio Galore take VI (2009)
Charles Earl’s photos from Messagio Galore take VI (2009) here and here
Pearl Pirie on Messagio Galore take VI (2009)
rob mclennan on Messagio Galore take VI (2009)
Messagio Galore photo gallery on AB series site
John W. MacDonald’s photo of Messagio Galore take V (2008)
Pearl Pirie’s post on Messagio Galore take V (2008)
Dee Shanger’s website for Messagio Galore  take IV (2007)
John W. MacDonald’s blog post on Messagio Galore (2005)
rob mclennan’s blog post on Messagio Galore (2005)

rise (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept)


“Under the redwood tree my grave was laid, and I beguiled my true love to lie down. The stream of our kiss put a waterway around the world, where love like a refugee sailed in the last ship. My hair made a shroud, and kept the coyotes at bay while we wrote our cyphers with anatomy. The winds boomed triumph, our spines seemed overburdened, and our bones groaned like old trees, but a smile like a cobweb was fastened across the mouth of the cave of fate.

Fear will be a terrible fox at my vitals under my tunic of behaviour.

Oh, canary, sing out in the thunderstorm, prove your yellow pride. Give me a reason for courage or a way to be brave. But nothing tangible comes to rescue my besieged sanity, and I cannot decipher the code of the eucalyptus thumping on my roof.

I am unnerved by the opponents of God, and God is out of earshot. I must spin good ghosts out of my hope to oppose the hordes at my window. If those who look in see me condescend to barricade the door, they will know too much and crowd in to overcome me.

The parchment philosopher has no traffic with the night, and no conception of the price of love. With smoky circles of thought he tries to combat the fog, and with anagrams to defeat anatomy. I posture in vain with his weapons, even though I am balmed with his nicotine herbs.

Moon, moon, rise in the sky to be a reminder of comfort and the hour when I was brave.”

— Elizabeth Smart (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept)

it can happen to anyone

male or female or straight or same-sex or or or or or or or or.

Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings
Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior
Do you:
  • feel afraid of your partner much of the time?
  • avoid certain topics out of fear of angering your partner?
  • feel that you can’t do anything right for your partner?
  • believe that you deserve to be hurt or mistreated?
  • wonder if you’re the one who is crazy?
  • feel emotionally numb or helpless? 
Does your partner:
  • humiliate or yell at you?
  • criticize you and put you down?
  • treat you so badly that you’re embarrassed for your friends or family to see?
  • ignore or put down your opinions or accomplishments?
  • blame you for his own abusive behavior?
  • see you as property or a sex object, rather than as a person?
Your Partner’s Violent Behavior or Threats
Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior
Does your partner:
  • have a bad and unpredictable temper?
  • hurt you, or threaten to hurt or kill you? 
  • threaten to take your children away or harm them?
  • threaten to commit suicide if you leave?
  • force you to have sex?
  • destroy your belongings?
Does your partner:
  • act excessively jealous and possessive?
  • control where you go or what you do?
  • keep you from seeing your friends or family?
  • limit your access to money, the phone, or the car?
  • constantly check up on you?