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Monday, June 18, 2007

jwcurry Reads bpNichol's The Martyrology


reader, audience & setting


On Sunday 17 June 2007 jwcurry read the entire text of Book 4 of bpNichol's magnum opus, The Martyrology. The reading event took place in a shady nook of Richmond Landing on the Ottawa River. jwcurry is attempting to raise funds "for the publication of an exhaustive bibliography of bpNichol's works --- possibly the most massive undertaking (approx. 4000 pages) dedicated to a single artist ever (certainly in Canada)." [from event flyer] His last reading of bpNichol in Ottawa took place in July 2006 where he completed a public reading of books 1 to 3. Later on that summer he completed the whole opus in a marathon reading in Toronto. Late Sunday afternoon and evening he was also scheduled to perform book 5 but I had Father's Day obligations to attend to. The background music to this slide show is a bpNichol performance of 'pome poem'.

4 Comments:

Blogger Max Middle said...

Great stuff, John!

Pairing 'Pome Poem' with those images makes a perfect point.

I arrived a little later just after curry had finished reading the first chain from Book 5 to Pearl & Brian Pirie. They left & he read another chain from Book 5 to me alone. A little later Warren Dean Fulton & rob mclennan arrived & another chain from Book 5 was read.

By the way, I recognize Julie, Matthew & you. Who is the one other audience member?

Monday, June 18, 2007 6:45:00 PM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

Hello, Max Middle. Jennifer Books and Sandra Ridley were the other two in the photo.

Monday, June 18, 2007 8:10:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

sorry to have missesd this; thanks for posting! also love your Carleton Tavern thingy too. it's great that you document ottawa's literary doings. thank you, John.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 8:14:00 AM  
Blogger John W. MacDonald said...

Ah, thank's Amanda. The slideshows that I have been posting is a different way of adding some motion / emotion to my photos. Music and sounds liven it up a bit, eh?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:06:00 AM  

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