The Small Machine Talks - Episode 37 - RECENT READSThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 37 - RECENT READS

the Small Machine Talks with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

 Episode 37 Recent Reads

Recorded on September 30, 2018

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List of works discussed:

1. Klara Du Plessis, Ekke (Palimpsest Press, 2018)

2. Trish Salah, Lyric Sexology, Volume 1 (Metonymy Press republished in 2017; original published by Roof Books of NYC in 2014)

Link: A Gender Variance Who's Who

Essays on trans, intersex, cis and other persons and topics from a trans perspective.......All human life is here.

3. Jake Byrne, the Tide (Rahila’s Ghost Press, 2017)

4. Sandra Ridley, Quell (Baseline Press, 2018)

5. MLA Chernoff, Delet This (Hybrid Heaven (now Bad Books), 2018)

6. Arc Poetry Magazine 86  – Summer 2018

7. Jake Syersak, These Ghosts / This Compost: An Aubadeclogue (above/ground press, 2018)

8. Poemelon Canadian edition, edited by rob mclennan

9.  Joshua Whitehead, Full-Metal Indigiqueer (Talonbooks, 2017)

Thanks to Jennifer Pederson for the intro and outro, Charles Earl for sound, and to you for listening and sharing the episode.

Stay tuned for our next episode in October.


The Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 Interview with Conyer Clayton and Nathanael LarochetteThe Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 Interview with Conyer Clayton and Nathanael Larochette

The Small Machine Talks, Episode 36 with Amanda Earl, a.m. kozak

Interview with Conyer Clayton and Nathanaël Larochette

Recorded on August 12, 2018

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Nathanaël Larochette is an Ottawa-area spoken word poet and musician. He has represented Ottawa at the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, was the 2008 CBC Poetry Face-Off champion for Ottawa, the director for the 2010 Canadian Festival for Spoken Word, a 5th place finalist at the 2014 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship and has spent over a decade facilitating poetry workshops in Ottawa-area schools. He is also a member of the chamber folk trio Musk Ox and the progressive metal band The Night Watch.

Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa based artist who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe. She has 3 chapbooks: Undergrowth (bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press), and For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press). Her collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, will be released August 2018. Her work appears in ARC, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, In/Words, Puddles of Sky Press, Coven Editions, Bywords, Transom, and others. She won Arc's 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, 3rd place in Prairie Fire's 2017 Poetry Contest, and honorable mention in The Fiddlehead's 2018 poetry prize. She is a member of the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor, and writes reviews for Canthius. Check out for updates on her endeavors.


We talk about their upcoming double launch of Mitosis/If The River Stood Still

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 7-9pm, Happy Goat, 35 Laurel

In/Words Magazine and Press


We discuss the overlap between their work in sound poetry, spoken word and music, the roots of their collaboration, musicality, repetition and rhythm, how their day jobs influence their creativity and work, anthropomorphism, grief, nature and the environment, teenagers, discipline.


The following are mentioned during the episode:


King Crimson – the Night Watch


Devin Townsend


Undergrowth (bird, buried press)

For the Birds, for the Humans (BattleAxe Press):

Nathanael Larochette - Threshold of Transformation

We end with Nathanael’s poem, “When She Paints” from Threshhold of Transformation.

Thanks to our guests, Conyer and Nathanael, our sound engineer, Charles Earl, our intro and outro creator, Jennifer Pederson and to you for listening and sharing the podcast with your poetry loving pals.

Stay tuned for our next episode.

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 35The Small Machine Talks - Episode 35

The Small Machine Talks

Episode 35 - with a.m. kozak and Amanda Earl

Recorded on Sunday, July 15, 2018


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We discuss events over the last six weeks, beginning with the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair, Spring Edition.

Links and mentions include

above/ground press

Chaudiere Books

shreeking violet press

40-watt spotlight

Gap Riot Press (Toronto)

Baseline Press (London)

Apt. 9 Press

bird, buried press (Peterborough)


Coven Editions

Arc Poetry Magazine

Puddles of Sky Press (Kingston)


Stuff Amanda picked up at the fair

Kate Siklosi,  Coup (The Blasted Tree)

flash haiku contest – Amanda’s win

We talk about visual poetry.

Chuqiao Yang, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep (Baseline Press)

Margaret Christakos, Social Medea v---s Virtual Medusa (Gap Riot Press)

illiterature 8 (Puddles of Sky Press)

Train : a journal of introduction

Conyer Clayton, Undergrowth (bird, buried press)


The post fair at the James Street Pub #MichaeleCasteels #jwcurry


Artist Tom Fowler

Artist Colin White (who was not at the fair)


Additional Events – Tomson Highway at Library and Archives

Conyer Clayton and Nathanael Larochette,

Shery Alexander Heinis at Tree

Sawdust: Margo Lapierre, Manahil Bandukwala; Allie Duff poems on the life of Lucia Joyce; Monty Reid


The Next Wave launch at Pour Boy


Final Tree of the season w/ rob mclennan and Tanis MacDonald, who read from her books and also from Gush: Menstrual Manifestations for Our Times


the Wild Herb walk with the Ottawa Tea Guild


Avant Garde reading with Stuart Ross, Jaimie Forsyth and Steve Venright – A Feed Dog Book imprint


Aaron’s literary events


Hybrid Heaven launch


 Delet This, MLA Chernoff

 Let This Be The End Of Me, JC Bouchard

 with guests, Lauren Turner, We're Not Going To Do Better Next Time (Knife Fork Book, 2018), Catherine Fatima, Sludge Utopia (Book Thug, 2018)

Jordan Moffatt.


Mallory Tater and Curtis LeBlanc at Beyond the Pale


Rahila’s Ghost Press


Aaron talks about non literary events, including the Montreal Jazz Fest and Ottawa’s Glow Fair, Fringe Festival, Dragon Boat, CSArts Talk back where audience asks playwright, actors and director questions


Recent Reads 51.14


Aaron has been reading Erin Robinson’s Rag Cosmology (Book Thug)


101.38 Ghost City Press Microchapbook Series


1.04. 55 Upcoming events – check the calendar

The Small Machine Talks - Episode 34: Interview with Cameron AnsteeThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 34: Interview with Cameron Anstee

The Small Machine Talks Episode 34 - Third Season Opener

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3pm

with a.m. kozak, Amanda Earl and Cameron Anstee

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We celebrate the start of our third season with local poet and publisher, Cameron Anstee.


Cameron Anstee:


Book of Annotations:


Apt. 9 Press:


Amanda tortures Cameron by showing him her dog eared copy of Book of Annotations. Our discussion concerned but was not limited to turns in a poem, AHA moments, deliberate repetition, beard stroking, the poetry of Robert Lax,


Robert Lax:


The Little Engine That Could:


Aaron reads the poem “Finite” and we discuss meaning and momentum of the repetition with reference to Justin Million’s interview with Cameron in Electric City:


We discuss how Cameron reads the poems from the book and his revision process during finishing grad school. We discuss but can’t quite remember the three rules of imagism (see link below for a refresher).


We discuss the poem as response and the various influences that Cameron engages with in his work, including his previously published chapbooks. Cameron talks about Rob Winger’s course on Canadian long poems at Carleton University a decade ago, and his discovery of Phyllis Webb’s “Naked Poems” as his turn to the minimalist in his poetic practice.  


Octopus Books ( gets a shout out from Cameron.


Cameron talks about Collett Tracey’s lecture on Raymond Souster and on publishing in a Canadian Literature class earlier in his studies.


Cameron talks about his contact with Nelson Ball, who is the poet he probably reads the most and the bibliographic rigour of his collecting. We talk about books before funding-influenced requirements affected book-length, distribution and other conditions, about the type of books that used to exist in the 60s that aren’t necessarily around now in the small press publishing world, versus the micropress, the small and the weird, the folded and stapled. Adventures in material aspects of publishing are happening in the micropress world.


We talk about contracts and page limits for trade books and celebrate arts funding. Aaron muses about professionalism and capitalism/money-oriented connotations of professionalism for artists.


We talk about the different meanings of the word “Admissions” which appears as the title of four poems in Book of Annotations with an aside about launching an above/ground press chapbook in 2012 at the Mercury Lounge:


Cameron talks about the insightful editing of Rob Winger for the book, including organizing the poems into sections. Amanda talks about the connections between Cameron’s work and Jack Spicer’s, who is a poet he’s read a far bit of. We also discuss the erasure poems of section III. Cameron coins the verb “erasuring.” derek beaulieu’s book “a, A Novel” comes up:


We urge our friends who live in Paris to mail us the beaulieu book.


We talk about the collected books coming out of Talonbooks, particularly Phyllis Webb’s “Peacock Blue”:, Fred Wah’s “Scree”


We talk about the act of creation as response. Cameron talks about not being comfortable with Pound’s exhortation to “make it new,” in the 21st century. He talks about the idea of being part of a tradition and thoughtful engagement. Aaron muses about the notion of tradition as artists. Do we try to be part of a tradition? Cameron talks about how traditions can exclude people. Cameron reveals that we passed around chapbooks before the recording of the episode. Cameron sees Book of Annotations as a book of responses. We muse about whether readers could enjoy the book without having the context of the references.


We talk about the dedications to Cameron’s partner, Jenn, which appear throughout all of his published chapbooks as well as Book of Annotations, and Cameron discusses her contribution to his practice and to Apt. 9 Press.


We talk about the materiality and text Cameron engages with in his work, his paper at Kanada Koncrete, Apt. 9 Press’s upcoming 10th anniversary.


Kanada Koncrete (May, 2018)


Cameron talks about publishing as an object and being able to see the influence of the maker in the published work. He talks about his time as an editor with In/Words and late nights with the risograph machine.


He talks about the latest Apt. 9 Press chapbook by Elisha Rubacha, “too much nothing” and the blind stamping process of the cover via his letterpress. He talks about how much he enjoys the process of making the books.


We discuss the design of Book of Annotation by Megan Fildes, the questionnaire to the writers, Cameron’s inability to keep his answers short on book design, some of the design issues that needed to be solved. Amanda comments that the book doesn’t smell. Cameron talks about the recognizable house style of Invisible Publishing and the unique quality for each author’s work.


Megan Fildes:


We talk more about minimalism and influences on Cameron’s work. He mentions Mark Truscott’s “Said Like Reeds and Things” (Coach House Books, 2004) as an early and contemporary influence:


as well as Souvankham Thammavongsa’s Small Arguments (Pedlar Press, 2003)


and his father’s thoughtful offerings of books, including Aram Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems (Random House, 1968)


which Cameron reads every few months. Some of the poems are just one word on a page and the book is only two inches thick.


Aaron talks about minimalist poems and social media. Cameron mentions Saroyan’s poem “lighght,” which caused controversy in the 60s:


We finish with a discussion about ephemera and the tensions between being a completist collector and loving ephemera. We learn about one of Cameron’s most treasured pieces of ephemera in his collection, with a shout out to jwcurry’s Room 302 Books. Cameron mentions Justin Million’s Keyboards project, ephemeral typewriter poems.



Thanks to Cameron for helping us to being the third season of the Small Machine Talks. Thanks to Charles Earl for processing and Jennifer Pederson for intros and outros. To Invisible Publishing for giving us “Book of Annotations,” and thanks to everyone for listening to the episode and for sharing it with fellow poetry enthusiasts.


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