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Summer is here, and with it, a blockbuster Brick, exploding with wonderful reads and powerful photographs. In Brick 97, we celebrate of the life and work of two longtime contributors and dear friends, C. D. Wright and Jim Harrison. We share with you two excerpts from our tributes here:
Karen Solie on reading C. D. Wright for the first time and being riveted by her “poetics of constant revision, movement, and the considerable courage it takes to maintain, even in times of necessary anger, the wonder that should make an artist intrepid.”
Brick 97 features Jan Zwicky on poetry and meaninglessness, John Berger at the seaside, Rivka Galchen’s tango with bureaucracy, Madeleine Thien translating Khun Srun, Helen Guri becoming Al Purdy, fiction by Miroslav Penkov and Horacio Castellanos Moya, Pasha Malla on Nelson the Clown, and much more.
In less than a month, we’ll be celebrating the launch of Brick 97 at the Lucky Shrike Bar (850 Dundas Street West, Toronto). Hosted by editor Michael Helm and featuring special guests, it’s going to be one heck of a bash. So please, save the date and join us as we welcome our glorious summer issue into the world!
“Why are we going to this place anyway?” Elijah asked, looking up again from a busy page of brilliantine sunbirds. What was I supposed to say? Was I supposed to say we were heading to a stone on the edge of Africa to look at horror? Was I supposed to say that we were going there to remember? To remember what? His double-coloured eyes, hazel inside azure, probed my silence.
We’re delighted to offer Stephen Marche’s Brick 96 essay, “The Age of Ephemerality,” in full text on our website. Read it here.
This week, Brick is in Los Angeles for the 2016 AWP conference and book fair, the largest literary conference in North America. From Thursday, March 31, to Saturday, April 2, we’ll be at booth 1359 in the Los Angeles Convention Center, offering terrific deals on subscriptions, issues, custom Brick Moleskines, and tote bags (and trying to sneak in as many panels and readings as possible).
We’re shattered by the loss of beloved Brick contributor Jim Harrison, who died at his desk on Saturday, March 26. From the conclusion of Jim’s Eat or Die column from Brick 86, a poem:
To remember that you’re alive
visit the cemetery of your father
at noon after you’ve made love
and are still wrapped in a mammalian
odour that you are forced to cherish.
Under each stone is someone’s inevitable
surprise, the unexpected death
of their biology that struggled hard as it must.
Now go home without looking back
at the fading cemetery, enough is enough,
but stop on the way to buy the best wine
you can afford and a dozen stiff brooms.
Have a few swallows then throw the furniture
out the window and then begin sweeping.
Sweep until you’ve swept the walls
bare of paint and at your feet sweep
the floor until it disappears. Finish the wine
in this field of air, go back to the cemetery
in the dark and weave through the stones
a slow dance of your name visible only to birds.
And the winner of our latest Books for Brains contest is...
Susan correctly answered that the narrator of Sara Majka’s Brick 96 story, “The Museum Assistant,” takes a small collection of frames—including one with a print of a children’s book cover in it—from behind the museum dumpster.
For her brains, Susan wins a copy of Cities I’ve Never Lived In, courtesy of Graywolf Press. Many thanks to Graywolf, and to everyone who entered.
We can’t wait to pack up our swim suits and our Bricks. At the end of March, we’re headed to Los Angeles for the 2016 conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. From Wednesday, March 20, to Saturday, April 2, we’ll join writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the the largest literary conference in North America. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates from our bookfair table, where we’ll be offering special deals on issues and subscriptions all conference long.
We’re deeply saddened to hear of the death of celebrated poet and longtime Brick contributor and friend C. D. Wright. Wright’s poems, essays, and reviews have been appearing in Brick since the late 1980s. As Academy of American Poets Chancellor Anne Waldman said, “C. D. Wright is one of our most fearless writers, possessed with an urgency that pierces through the darkness of our time” (Academy of American Poets). We are ever-grateful for that voice.
Wright’s recent Brick pieces include, from Brick 92, her appreciation of Michael Ondaatje’s poem “Driving with Dominic” and, from Brick 91, a story about reaching the end of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano.