Sunday, March 06, 2005

Peter Culley on being a warm-up guy

I'd been a little nervous all week. Poetry audiences, I could by and large handle, but the crowd that was to gather at the Cambrian Hall that Thursday would not be there to hear me speak, but, on the night before the opening of his much-anticipated VAG retrospective, to hear Rodney Graham sing. The essay that I was to read as an extended "introduction" had seemed wispy and insubstantial when I'd finished it; but as I checked and rechecked it in my bag it felt leaden, sodden with toner, long.
(more: via Peter Culley)


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