Recording of ‘Reading from Underneath’ (23/05/19)

Reading from Underneath took place at The Printed Word in Dundas, Ontario on May 23rd, 2019. The reading was organized around a visit by Sam Roxas-Chua who had made his way up from Portland and stopped for a few days in Hamilton so that friends formerly acquainted only via social media could meet (and read) in the flesh. 
The Readers that night were Franco Cortese (whose beautiful chapbook Teksker I’d just published and copies of which that night handed to him,) Jericha Shepai, Gavin Le Ber, myself, Sacha Archer, and of course, Sam Roxas-Chua. 
It was a truly wonderful night of readings and as such I felt it would be good to make the recording available here. Thanks again to all the readers and to James McDonald for opening the space to us–and apologies to Franco as the recording was only started near the end of his reading.’


upROUTE: A Recording

Composed in the summer of 2016 and published as a chapbook by rob mclennan’s above/ground press in 2017, upRoute is a collection of the alphabetic portions of license plates collected around the area where I lived at the time. The plates were recorded while walking with pen and paper and by photographing with phone, and dictating to ipad while driving. Having collected the plates, I composed them into grids in order of appearance. The final step was a translation of the textual noise. In the initial two sections I let Microsoft Word auto-correct the grids into words. Beyond those first two I employed homophonic translation with increasing liberality. By the last few sections I attempted to introduce a grammar.

Originally, the full title of the work was ‘upROUTE: The Language of Plates as Markers of Path’. For whatever reason, when rob published it, Markers of Path disappeared. So be it. It doesn’t much matter, except that the notion that led me to this title was the temporal mapping of my walks/drives via the placement of cars which I passed. I loved the idea that these plates acted, for a moment, as landmarks–and given an hour or two, many would shift to new places–landmarks which at any moment entered transit.

Here is a recording of the work:


A Recording Of ‘Dishwashing Event, Part One: Tianjin, China’

A number of works which I have published over the last few years have been performative texts. Whether or not I originally composed them as such, while reading them at various venues they have revealed themselves to be, in fact, texts to be performed. One such text is my Dishwashing Event, Part One: Tianjin, China, published as a chapbook by No Press in 2006. Absurdly, there have been no recordings of my performances to date, and so I have begun to rectify that. Here is the first recording I offer. It is of the above mentioned text, Dishwashing Event, Part One: Tianjin, China.