Welcome to Pig Squash Press! You have arrived at the cyber-home, alter ego, publishing imprint and creative conduit connecting me – Kim Goldberg – to the rest of the planet (and possibly beyond). My latest books are:
RED ZONE, a graffiti-strewn poem diary of homelessness in Nanaimo, BC, where I live. RED ZONE has been taught in university literature courses. Reviewers have compared it to the writings of Allen Ginsberg, Marge Piercy, and John Steinbeck.
and Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa – finalist for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A collection of 66 linked poems following the 66-move sequence of the ancient martial art of Liuhebafa on a mythic quest for internal alchemy and immortality. Visit my Liuhebafagirl blog for deets on the book as well as my Pen & Dragon: Kung Fu for Writers workshops combining martial arts with creative writing exercises.
My current project: REFUGIUM: Wi-Fi Exiles and the Coming Electroplague.
Make yourself comfy, have a boo at my blog postings about upcoming literary happenings and other current events, leave a comment, walk your dog, follow me on Twitter @KimPigSquash
May the metaphors be with you!
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Tagged graffiti, homelessness, internal alchemy, Kim Goldberg, Liuhebafa, Martial Arts, Nanaimo, Pig Squash Press, poetry, Red Zone, Ride Backwards on Dragon, Taoism
An exquisite corpse composed by Paul Nelson, Kim Goldberg, Kim Clark, Ursula Vaira, Mary Ann Moore, Amy Falkenberg, Yvonne Blomer and Leanne Boschman entirely on location at Acme Food Co. in beautiful downtown Nanaimo, British Columbia on June 11, 2013.
Start w/a Bullgarita.
It’s a long line of queens
who never admitted
to say it would
a poet kills sparrows in Victoria
as if a straw were
pinched, tickled pink spill
ink of a white wine
* Bullgarita: a Red Bull Margarita
Kim Goldberg, Winona Baker, Mary Ann Moore
Photo © David Fraser
Here we are… blinded by the lights of our own fame and glory. The 3 Wordstorm prize winners from Tuesday night at Demeter’s Coffee Vault in downtown Nanaimo: Kim Goldberg (2nd prize), Winona Baker (3rd prize), Mary Ann Moore (1st prize).
Thanks to David Fraser for taking the photo and for organizing Wordstorm all these years! This was the last Wordstorm of the season. Wordstorm will return in September on the last Tuesday of each month at The Vault. Deets here: http://www.wordstorm.ca/
After years of work, Kamesan’s World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation, from Kamesan Books, is now available on amazon.com for $29. Click here to purchase.
Dimitar Anakiev (Kamesan)
This monumental anthology features 900 poems from 420 poets in 45 countries (on 6 continents!), and spanning 33 languages. The book has been compiled and edited by poet and filmmaker Dimitar Anakiev (Kamesan), with illustrations and graphic design by Kuniharu Shimizu.
This landmark collection, interweaving hundreds of poetic voices from around the world, creates a powerful statement for peace and against war. I have never stood in a minefield, or toted a gun on my shoulder, or watched bombs bursting in the night sky over my city—at least not until I read this book.
The sparseness of haiku leaves no room for illusion, no separation between reader and the scene described. Our comfort zone is stripped away poem after poem until we have no choice but to confront the full sweep of war and all its consequences. And in so doing, we end up defining our humanity more sharply. We become keenly aware of what we truly value. The American composer Leonard Bernstein once remarked “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Kamesan’s World Haiku Anthology on War, Violence and Human Rights Violation is a potent example of that strategy at work. Changing the world one poem at a time.
Here are my own three haiku in this anthology—all referencing Canada’s indigenous population:
diabetes and polio sewn
to red skin
bright needles pierce the tongue
of a child speaking her language
broken yarrow stalk
the only marker on a Native
© Kim Goldberg 2013
Artist: Sally Scott
I just received my copy of this stunning international anthology of eco-poetry, For Rhino in a Shrinking World.
This spectacular large format book (8 ¼” x 10 ½”) was initiated and edited by South African poet Harry Owen (former Poet Laureate of Cheshire, England), and beautifully illustrated inside and out by South African artist Sally Scott.
The collection is filled with ecologically themed poetry from more than 100 poets from around the world. I am honoured to have two poems of my own (“Spawn” and “Mimotype”) included in this important project.
Visit the project website here: http://rhinoanthology.wordpress.com
Order a copy from the Poet’s Printery here: http://www.poetsprintery.co.za/index.php/shop?limitstart=0
All proceeds from the sale of the book go (via the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, www.chipembere.org), to support the work of fighting poaching and protecting Africa’s gravely threatened natural heritage.
Artist: Sally Scott