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Monday, 18 March 2013

Magnificent Marvin the Mangler: Aggro Archivist!

Hi Marvin,
Maybe you've discovered what's missing from Canadian poetry - the brag. Milt said this to me many decades ago when I chauffered him to a reading at Western University.

So I can be Bad Boy Chris (or we can come up with a better alliteration), & perhaps you can be Marvin the Mangler. About the only poet/literati I can think of who doesn't require a beefed-up literary tag is Jim Christy (I prefer to call him Christy, anyway). His gleaming gold incisors are enuff of an introductory rep for anyone  :  )

Of course at PurdyFests we've been calling Jim Larwill Raven King for several years now, which is a great shamanic tagline, & a tribute to our old comrade & mentor, Milton Acorn (there's another lit. who didn't need a hotted-up tagline - Milton Acorn already sounds like a literary creation, like bill bissett's notorious 'Wilbur Snowshoes' of many decades ago). Apparently Wilbur (bill) was nominated for some award, possibly indigenous - until it was revealed Wilbur was a nom de plume of bill's!

Aggie Maggie for Ms. Atwood (her nom de plume is A Toad something or other), - yeah & my haijin name is cricket - pretty wimpy & humble, which of course is what Zen haijin names are supposed to be.

Anyway, thanks, as always, for collecting our literary missives for the archives. It's a thrill to know that some doctoral student is perhaps currently pouring over reams of our blather as we correspond now, with hopes of discovering some hidden nugget of Canuck literary value.

peace & poetry power!
bad boy Chris and his Killer Canine Chase WRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! (man, my bark IS bigger than my bite, but what a doggy handle!)

On 2013-03-16, at 6:47 PM, marvin orbach wrote:

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Dear "bad boy" Chris,
  Just a short note to say that I continue to enjoy the e-mails you
send my way.  I am printing furiously and sending the material to its
Western destination.   The archive is growing, and will be a wonderful
resource for researchers specializing in poetry, for generations to
come. Did I tell you that recently a doctoral student spent a lot of
time with the collection  doing research for his dissertation?
   Namaste, from Montreal West.
   La paix & le pouvoir de la poesie.

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