Words Aloud 13 Spoken Word Festival Artistic Director Terry Burns in conversation with poets Sue Goyette and Brian Henderson. The Garafraxa Cafe, November 4, 2016, Durham, Ontario, Canada.
LOCP Member: Brian Henderson
Marks by Brian Henderson
Within a steep or stretched charm Slight variation circulates Going underground at the sigil Of the future aspen colonies That can be thousands of years old Though human-spanned trees but Not quite so fast the end all of each singularity Burst catkin departure Of a loved one as if Clouds … [click for more]
Brian Henderson on Brick Books.
Brian Henderson has been a Governor General’s Award finalist (Nerve Language, Pedlar Press, 2007) and a finalist for the CAA Chalmers Award for Poetry (Sharawadji, Brick Books, 2011). [read more]
Brian Henderson on Required Unrealities
Posted by H. L. Hix | Category: Q&A
H. L. Hix: “As if” recurs frequently in English usage, so I don’t want to attribute to it more importance than you mean for it to have, but it seems to have unusual importance in these poems: [read more]
Now available from Brick Books: Unidentified Poetic Object, about which Jeanette Lynes has this to say:
“Prismatic, at times apocalyptic, always sharp, Brian Henderson’s poems range through physics, visual art, philosophy, history, and, of course, poetry, to probe the locales where worlds slip into other worlds. … [read more]
Posted by Vallum Staff in Featured Interview
Brian Henderson is a poet based in Ontario. His poem “The Incommensurate /” was the runner-up for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017. With the deadline for this year’s Vallum Award for Poetry quickly approaching, we caught up with Brian to discuss his process and the role of poetry in today’s world. [read more]
Dictionary of Overlapping Things /
Thoughts like trains departing
At various times and the previously
Departed can sometimes be
Overtaken by the just now thought and vice
Versa given variations in speed such
That collisions occur or correlations
Originally published in 1987 by Toronto’s Underwhich Editions, Henderson has augmented the original with several recent poems and an afterword for this new edition. Each poem is crafted as a letraset-based mandala responding to the shape of the individual letters.
Q: How does a poem begin?
BH: Really, I have no idea. A poem can begin anywhere, and often seemingly out of nothing: I wake up in the middle of the night with a phrase; I’m out for a walk and there’s a rhythm that loops in a few words after a while; an image mirages as a response to … [read more]
Brian Henderson is the author of 10 collections of poetry, one of which, Nerve Language, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award and about which the jury wrote, “Terrifying and beautiful, the language…is an incendiary crossing of wires…[read more]