“no interest in real combat”

“He chose The Metamorphosis over The Trial, he chose Bartleby over Moby-Dick, he chose A Simple Heart over Bouvard and Pecuchet, and A Christmas Carol over A Tale of Two Cities or The Pickwick Papers. What a sad paradox, thought Amalfitano. Now even bookish pharmacists are afraid to take on the great, imperfect, torrential works, books that blaze paths into the unknown. They choose the perfect exercises of the great masters. Or what amounts to the same thing: they want to watch the great masters spar, but they have no interest in real combat, when the great masters struggle against that something, that something that terrifies us all, that something that cows us and spurs us on, amid blood and mortal wounds and stench.”

– Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (2004)


“Je suis coupable de parler.”

“Je suis coupable de parler. Je suis coupable de ne pas parler. Je suis coupable de parler infidèlement à l’immensité du malheur qui fait ma grandeur déniée. On devrait être Dante, et on est Li Pharine. On trahit la malheur, on se trahit.”

– Hélène Cixous, “Orphées Khmers”, Cambodge, Le Génocide Effacé (2011).

Entropy Magazine’s Best of 2017: Best Poetry Books & Collections

Outplace has been listed by Entropy Magazine / CCM Press on the Best of 2017: Best Poetry Books & Collections list. Thank you to the Entropy and CCM community. It’s an honour to be on the list with:

Kaveh Akbar, Rosa Alcalá, Hari Alluri, Ghayath Almadhoun, Samiya Bashir, Frank Bidart, Catherine Blauvelt, Molly McCully Brown, Chen Chen, Ching-in Chen, Chiwan Choi, Heather Derr-Smith, Alex Dimitrov, Ángel Domínguez, Julia Drescher, Leanne Dunic, Marosa di Giorgio, Jorie Graham, Leslie Harrison, Harmony Holiday, Joanna Howard & Joanna Ruocco, Jenny Johnson, Ginger Ko, Krystal Languell, Nancy Chen Long, Layli Longsoldier, Robert Lunday, Shane MacCrae, Aditi Machado, Amit Majmudar (ed.), Dawn Lundy Martin, Adrian Matejka, Aja Monet, Kelli Anne Noftle, Morgan Parker, Bao Phi, Tommy Pico, Alejandra Pizarnik, Khadijah Queen, Margaret Rhee, Jess Rizkallah, Mg Roberts, Lauren Russell, Erika L. Sánchez, Sam Sax, Nicole Sealey, Natalie Shapero, Danez Smith, Maggie Smith, Farid Tali, Monica de la Torre, Mai Der Vang, Vickie Vértiz, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Alli Warren, Andrew Wessels, Dara Wier, and Javier Zamora.

The list is here: https://entropymag.org/best-of-2017-best-poetry-books-collections/


“investing in a mining company is tax-free”

Another federal government program involves what are known as flow-through shares. This is a tax program specifically encouraging investors to put money in mining shares or, to put it another way, a program that indirectly subsidizes stock market speculation on the securities of junior companies. Flow-through shares are a way for mining companies to provide shareholders with tax deductions for expenses that the companies themselves cannot claim because they have already deducted over 100% of their income [48] (this testifies, of course, to the incredible generosity of Canadian tax laws for mining companies). The goal is to induce investors both big and small to support mining securities. There is no way this program can be justified according to the arguments used when it was introduced in 1954 as a way of stimulating investment in mining. Today, the program allows mining, gas, and oil companies to issue shares that are entirely tax-deductible in Canada. In our country, investing in a mining company is tax-free, just as a charity donation is tax-free.

(Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault (transl. Catherine Browne) 204, 2015 transl. Talonbooks. Vancouver. 168)

“activist investing”

“Wes founded Kingsdale in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with shareholders and managing any transaction or event that requires a shareholder vote. Under Wes’ leadership Kingsdale has set itself apart by delivering an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including:  Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Encana, Goldcorp, Talisman, Suncor and Sprott.” [QM Environmental Press Release, Mar. 24, 2016]

from “Dire”, by Danielle Collobert

Le monde crie, ce monde-ci, le monde maintenant, au-delà des murs des chambres chaudes, au-delà de nous liés. A travers les voix revient le grondement plus fort, plus puissant pour nous envahir. Appeler ta force pour supporter, te sortir de la douceur, t’apporter la dureté cruelle latente autour de nous. Qui se suicide. Qui se sépare. Toi et moi arrachés. Capitule, vivante encore. Je suis entre le tremblement désespéré et l’apaisement qui plane, éloigné, silencieux. Entraîné de l’un à l’autre par la peur.

– Danielle Collobert, Dire


Абрам Архипов, «Прачки», 1898.

“Anguish exists.

Man uses his old disasters as a mirror.

Barely an hour after dark
that man picks up the bitter scraps of his day
painfully places them next to his heart
and sweating like a consumptive who still hasn’t given up
sinks into his deep, lonely room.
Here, such a man chainsmokes
he concocts disastrous cobwebs on the ceiling
he loathes fresh flowers
his own asphyxiating skin exiles him
he stares at his cold feet
he believes his bed is his daily grave
his pockets are empty
he’s hungry
he sobs.

But those men, those other men,
gladly bare their chests to the sun
or to the murderers on the prowl
they lift the face of bread out of ovens
like a benevolent flag against hunger
they laugh so hard with the children even the air hurts
they fill with tiny footsteps the bellies of blessed women
they split rocks like stubborn fruit in their solemnity
naked they sing into the refreshing glass of water
they joke around with the sea playfully taking it by the horns
they build melodious houses of light in windswept wildernesses
like God they get drunk everywhere
they settle with their fists against despair

their avenging fires against crime
their love of unending roots
against the atrocious scythe of hatred.

Anguish exists, yes.

As does despair
or hatred.

For whom shall the voice of the poet speak?”

– from a volume discarded by Mount Prospect Public Library.