At long last, after numerous hurdles–including the collapse of a press–my second collection of poems, Shifting Baseline Syndrome, is out in the world! I couldn’t be more grateful to everybody at Oskana Poetry and Poetics for putting this book together. Order it, buy it, come out to a reading, write a review, give it a rating, hold this book in your hands! And, don’t forget: “Our baselines haven’t shifted — you have.”
To celebrate the release of my short story collection, You and Me, Belonging, we’re throwing a launch party! There’ll be readings, books for sale, who knows what else. Will we be lighting guitars on fire and smashing them on the street? Maybe! You’ll have to come on out to find out. Please do!
I’ll be doing two poetry readings in Montreal, in early March. They are: On Friday, March 3rd, I’ll be reading at Paragraphe Books (right outside of the McGill gates), along with Marianne Ackerman, David Sherman, and Luciano Iacobelli. The event starts at 6:00! (Check out the poster below.) The second reading is Tuesday, March 7th, at the Resonance Reading series. I’ll be reading along with Kim Fu, Karissa LaRocque, and andrea bennett. The readings start at 8:30. The event page is here, and their Facebook page is here. If you’re in Montreal, come on out!
I’ll be reading some poetry this Thursday, February 2nd, at the amazing knife | fork | book in Kensington Market, along with Jim Nason. Come on out! Doors at 6:30. AARON KREUTER Arguments for Lawn Chairs JIM NASON Touch Anywhere to Begin FEBRUARY 2ND Doors 6:30PM Poetry 7-ish knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market More details here.
Tonight is Toronto’s annual Dead Poet’s Night, put on by Art Bar, Rowers Reading Series and (this year) Best Canadian Poetry, and hosted by David Clink. I will be reading from the work of Mahmoud Darwish, along with a lot of other great poets reading from a lot of other great (dead) poets. The reading’s at Supermarket, at 7:00pm. Come on out!
The good folks at Open Book interviewed me about my poetry collection, Arguments for Lawn Chairs. Read it to find out my thoughts on the importance of titles, and to see some of my newer poem and story titles! http://open-book.ca/News/The-Entitled-Interview-with-Aaron-Kreuter
My poetry collection, Arguments for Lawn Chairs, will be launching this Sunday at Supermarket, along with other great books! If you’re in the city, come on out! Stone Woman by Bianca Lakoseljac The Sea-Wave by Rolli Arguments for Lawn Chairs by Aaron Kreuter Coming Here; Being Here & A Second Coming ed. Don Mulcahy Freeze by Stephen Orlov Sarah & Abraham by Sarah Engelhard Every Night of Our Lives by Rocco de Giacomo Date with Destiny by Hélène Rioux trans. Jonathan Kaplansky Free admission + lots of tasty refreshments! Date: September 11, 2016 Time: 3:30 PM Place: Supermarket Restaurant & Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto ON M5T 2L9
Paul Auster on coincidence in fiction ( From “Interview with Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory,” The Art of Hunger, pages 287-288): “From an aesthetic point of view, the introduction of chance elements in fiction probably creates as many problems as it solves. I’ve come in for a lot of abuse from critics because of it. In the strictest sense of the word, I consider myself a realist. Chance is a part of reality: we are continually shaped by the forces of coincidence, the unexpected occurs with almost numbing regularity in all our lives. And yet there’s a widely held notion that novels shouldn’t stretch the imagination too far. Anything that appears “implausible” is necessarily taken to be forced, artificial, “unrealistic.” I don’t know what reality these people have been living in, but it certainly isn’t my reality. In some perverse way, I believe they’ve spent too much time reading books. They’re so immersed in the conventions of so-called realistic fiction that their sense of reality has been distorted. Everything’s been smoothed out in these novels, robbed of its singularity, boxed into a predictable world of cause and effect. Anyone with the wit to get his nose out of his book and study […]