16.9.14

Roundup of Rabbit Punch! Stuff


So my second full-length poetry collection Rabbit Punch! has been out for a few months. It still feels very surreal. I've been quite pleased with the book's coverage and how it's been received so far.

Here's a roundup of Rabbit Punch! related stuff, including reviews and interviews:

Interviews





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Well there you go. Many thanks to everyone who's taken a chance on my book so far. 

You can order a copy of Rabbit Punch! through DC Books, my publisher, HERE.  

Like it on Facebook, follow it on tumblr, and add it to Goodreads.

Thanks and #FollowTheRabbit!

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31.8.14

RABBIT PUNCH! reviewed by The Small Press Book Review

"Help is on the way for the Anglophone reader in a global poetry world.  Rabbit Punch!, the second collection by Greg Santos, offers an admirable finesse to the reader who craves good verse."

-- Erik Noonan reviews Rabbit Punch! in The Small Press Book Review

Read the entire review HERE.



25.8.14

Yellow Door Poetry & Prose Reading, August 28

Hi Montreal. It's been a while. I'll be reading from my new book, Rabbit Punch! at The Yellow Door Reading Series this Thursday, August 28th along with some other lovely peeps. Come out and say hi.

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The Yellow Door
POETRY AND PROSE READING
www.yellowdoor.org
3625 Aylmer, Montreal (between Pine & Prince Arthur) 514-845-2600
Producer/host Ilona Martonfi 514-939-4173
ilona.martonfi@sympatico.ca

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Doors 7:00 pm Reading 7:30 pm At the door $6

An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music

Barry Webster His novel The Lava in My Bones was a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award, Dayne Ogilvie Award & the Lambda Literary Award.

Greg Santos Poet & teacher, author of Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014), & The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books, 2010). Poetry editor for carte blanche.

Blossom Thom Poetry has appeared in the Great Black North, & CAA’s 5th Annual Anthology of Montreal Writers, & elsewhere.

Carolyne Van Der Meer Journalist, PR professional & author of Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience (WLU Press).

Alejandro Saravia Bolivian-Canadian author. He has published five volumes of poetry & the novel, Rojo, amarillo y verde.

Su J. Sokol Activist & a writer of interstitial fiction. Cycling to Asylum, (Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2014) is her first novel. www.sujsokol.com

John Kerkhoven Performs in the duo BluesReel with Patrick Hutchinson and in the KSB Trio with Paul Serralheiro and Stephen Barry.

11.5.14

Q & A Writing Process - A Blog Tour

What am I working on?

Rabbit Punch!, my second collection of poetry with DC Books just dropped at the beginning of May 2014, so I'm still processing the fallout from that. Getting a book ready has actually been mentally exhausting, on top of a whole other slew of things going on, so right now I'm doing my best to recharge my batteries and read, read, read. There are some books by local Montreal authors that are piled up next to my bedside table that I'm really excited about reading: Fire and Sage by Moe Clark, Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu, Peeling Rambutan by Gillian Sze, New Tab by Guillaume Morrisette, and I Am Here by Ashley Opheim. I just finished reading Jay Winston Ritchie's new book, the awesomely titled How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying and it is one of my new favourite things. My work right now is to feed my brain with fodder so I can write later.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

You know that goofy line from the trailer for the movie Hellboy: "In the absence of light, darkness prevails." I'd like to think that my poetry provides a little bit of lightness in the dark; I'm the night light of poetry.

Why do I write what I do?

Poetry is a mystery that I'm constantly trying to make sense of like how they get the caramel into a Caramilk bar or how come Patrick Stewart doesn't age. I write poetry to play with words. I write poetry to challenge what people consider poetry to be. I write poetry because of people who say I should be doing anything else but write poetry. I write poetry to make sense of the odd deep sea fish that bounce around inside my skull. I write poetry because the first poetry workshop I ever did was with David McGimpsey at Concordia University and I saw the type of work that he did, his contagious enthusiasm for poetry, his deep seriousness for the art form despite all the funny, and it made me and continues to make me want to learn everything I can about the art of poetry.

How does your writing process work?

I write when I can. I don't have a regular writing process or schedule. I embrace the chaos. More often than not, I write after my two kids and wife are asleep. When I hear the hum of the dishwasher and it's dark, then I know it's time to write.

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A big thank you to Gillian Sze for 'tagging me' and inviting me to participate in the blog tour. Read her post here.

Next up: Jay Winston Ritchie and Ashley Opheim.

Jay Winston Ritchie is the author of Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac Press, 2014). How to Remain Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside is his first book of poetry. He is the editor in chief at The Void and a shortlister of the LitPop award (2012) for his fiction. He lives in Montréal.

Ashley Opheim (Ashley Obscura) is the author of the poetry collection I Am Here. She lives in Montreal, where she is the founding editor of Metatron and co-director of the reading series This Is Happening Whether You Like It Or Not.

30.4.14

DC Books Spring Launch, Blue Met, 7:30pm, May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Salon du Jardin, Hotel 10, 10 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC H2X 4C9

DC Books will launch five new titles at the Blue Metropolis Festival this spring, including All I Can Say For Sure by John McAuley and Rabbit Punch! by Greg Santos. Please join us for readings and refreshments.

See the Facebook event page for the DC Books 2014 Spring Launch here.


16.4.14

OULIPOST HALFTIME REPORT


I've had to take a break from Ouliposting but hopefully I'll be back in the game again soon. In the meantime, The Found Poetry Review has compiled a "halftime report" of the Oulipost Project. Thank you to Doug Luman for the shout-out. Check out all the cool work that everyone's been doing!

Read the OULIPOST HALFTIME REPORT here.

12.4.14

OULIPOST #11: UNIVOCALISM

(Image credit: http://jakndaxta.deviantart.com/art/Starry-YOLO-346735549)

YOLO

Work strong
to rock world.

For our world
too short.

Sources: Front page of The Montreal Gazette. 11th April, 2014.
Kennedy, Mark. "'This comes as an unexpected shock':PM from The Montreal Gazette. 11th April, 2014. A8 section.
Method: A univocalic text is one written with a single vowel. It is consequently a lipogram in all the other vowels. If he had been univocally minded, Hamlet might have exclaimed, “Be? Never be? Perplexed quest: seek the secret!” All words used must be sourced from your newspaper. Read more poems from the comments section here.

The vowel I chose was 'o'.