I had the pleasure, with my co-authors of The Emu Dialogues, Luciano Iacobelli and Robert Marra, to appear on HOWL on CIUT 89.5 FM (Toronto). HOWL celebrates poets, performing artists and songwriters.
Here is a recording of the December 29, 2015 broadcast:
The first half of the show is an in-studio interview with poet Rocco de Giacomo (a fellow Quattro Books alum who comes in at the 6:30 min. mark after some music). De Giacomo describes how his work progresses from reams of rewrites on foolscap (or now their digital equivalents) to a finished product that he knows is done when it gives him the feeling of “a jewelry box clicking shut.” I love hearing artists describe how they work. I’d call De Giacomo a formalist with heart. He reads two poems, “The Visible World” and “Here On Mercury” (the latter a paradelle).
The second half of the show is devoted to The Emu Dialogues. We come in at about the 34:30 mark, with Luciano and Robert in the studio and with me on the line from Los Angeles. Host Valentino Assenza, a generous poet with a theater background and the show’s co-producer, called the book “an adventure” for which you need to “strap yourself in.” We were our playful selves – play and fellowship being at the heart of emu poetry. We read three selections from the book. Luciano and Robert read an excerpt of “The Word” (at about 43 min.). I read “If I Could Trust a Woman” (at about 46 min.). And Luciano and Robert read a part of “Leonard Cohen” (at about 50:30 min).
At the end of the show, Valentino reads a list of all his guests in 2015 (as the show was the last one of the year) — exemplifying the vibrancy of the Toronto poetry scene, where audiences and poets are nurtured. Many thanks to Valentino and a shout out to Ken Stowar, Station Manager/Program Director, for making it possible for me to post the audio. (Feel free to send them money!)
Incidentally, this is not the first time Emu has appeared on CIUT. In the late 80s / early 90s, Matthew Remski (also an Emu’r – see the book) hosted a poetry show called “Invoking the Muse.” Matthew had me, Luciano, and Greg Salman (and possibly Frank Willis?) on to improvise some emu. I can remember only one line I said, lo, these 30 years ago… it went something like “Brian Mulroney is the secret promulgator of the salami crucifixion crew.” I am guessing a tape of it must exist somewhere at the CRTC.
Photo above: “Youthful radio expert” (John Iringle, fourteen years old, with well equipped radio outfit, which he constructed, Chicago, Ill., 1922). Photograph by Underwood & Underwood. No. CH 12329. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3b39715.
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