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.

RefugiumMy current project is: REFUGIUM: Wi-Fi Exiles and the Coming Electroplague. (Where do you go when an invisible matrix spanning the globe is making you sick?)

So 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, like me on Facebook.

May the metaphors be with you!

Kim Goldberg

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Day after the vote (haiku)

Belted Kingfisher

Day after the vote:

at the dock the kingfisher

has changed his perch

(poem © kim goldberg)


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Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

Kim Goldberg
October 30, 2014 

Imaginarium 3 coverThe Table of Contents for the latest Imaginarium anthology (Imaginarium 3) from ChiZine Publications has just been announced. And I am delighted to be included with my micro-fable “A Tall Girl”.

Imaginarium is an annual “Best of” reprint anthology featuring the Best Canadian Speculative Writing published in the preceding year. Check out some of the phenomenal company I am keeping in the list below.

My own selection, “A Tall Girl” was originally published in Issue 126 of The New Quarterly. 

What is speculative fiction and poetry, you ask? It is a literary genre that can encompass science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, fabulism, futurism, the supernatural, alternate histories, all the various punks (steampunk, cyberpunk, etc.)  and other reality-bending genres. 

Imaginarium 3 (2014) is edited by Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall. It goes on sale November 4, 2014. 


“The Book with No End” by Colleen Anderson
“Frankenstein’s Monster” by James Arthur
“Social Services” by Madeline Ashby
“The Correspondence between the Governess and the Attic” by Siobhan Carroll
“Red Doc” (excerpt) by Anne Carson
“A Charm for Communing with Dead Pets During Surgery” by Peter Chiykowski
“Turing Tests” by Peter Chiykowski
“In the Year Two Thousand Eleven” by Jan Conn
“Jazzman/Puppet” by Joan Crate
“The Runner of n-Vamana” by Indrapramit Das
“Firebugs” by Craig Davidson
“By His Things You Will Know Him” by Cory Doctorow
“Lost” by Amal El-Mohtar
“:axiom: the calling” (excerpts) by Daniela Elza
“Trap-Weed” by Gemma Files
“Oubliette” by Gemma Files
“Ushakiran” by Laura Friis
“A Cavern of Redbrick” by Richard Gavin
“All My Princes are Gone” by Jennifer Giesbrecht
“A Tall Girl” by Kim Goldberg
“Ksampguiyaeps Woman-Out-to-Sea” by Neile Graham
“The Easthound” by Nalo Hopkinson
“Harvesting Lost Hearts” by Louisa Howerow
“Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines” by Claire Humphrey
“Salt and Iron Dialogues” by Matthew Johnson
“The Salamander’s Waltz” by Catherine MacLeod
“Said the Axe Man” by Tamara MacNeil
“Nahuales” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“The Fairy Godmother” by Kim Neville
“Black Hen à la Ford” by David Nickle
“Jinx” by Robert Priest
“Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis” by Robin Richardson
“How Gods Go on the Road” by Robin Richardson
“Conditional Sphere of Everyday Historical Life” by Leon Rooke
“Stemming the Tide” by Simon Strantzas
“Book of Vole” (excerpts) by Jane Tolmie
“Fishfly Season” by Halli Villegas
“Lesser Creek: A Love Story, A Ghost Story” by A.C. Wise

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Note to Self: Simplify!

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Photo © Kim Goldberg

Photo © Kim Goldberg

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MAP: Who Imports the Most From Whom

Who Imports the Most From Whom Map

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Remembering David Weston

David J. Weston, April 15, 1935–August 10, 2014, Nanaimo, BC

by Kim Goldberg
August 22, 2014

David J Weston, 1935-2014, social activist, economic reformer, community builder builder.

David J Weston, 1935-2014, social activist, economic reformer, community builder.

Longtime social activist and political philosopher David J. Weston passed away earlier this month, on August 10, 2014, at the age of 79.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 pm at the Unitarian Fellowship, 595 Townsite Road in Nanaimo.

David’s involvement in worthy causes for social justice, community building, and economic reform will be missed by many, along with his unmistakable laughter. I had known David ever since he moved to Nanaimo in 1979. And I find it hard to believe he is gone.

In the early 1980s, David hosted shows on Nanaimo’s community TV channel, while I was the Program Coordinator for the channel (back when the cable operation was still owned by Cable West, and then later Shaw Cable). In the 1990s, David and I each penned a weekly column in the Nanaimo Times newspaper. David frequently used his column to expound on the value of community-building projects such as cohousing as well as co-ops and alternate economic systems, which were his areas of special interest and expertise.

Among his many accomplishments and community involvements, David was the first full-time coordinator of NIDEA (Nanaimo International Development Education Association) beginning in 1979. Under his steerage, the organization, which later became known as Global Village Nanaimo, began to sponsor lectures and film series on issues such as energy, human rights, and women in the Third World.

In 1996, David began proposing the idea of a cohousing project for Nanaimo, modeled after similar projects in Denmark, which he had visited in the 1980s. He floated this idea repeatedly to a group of like-minded people gathering at his home for potlucks. After many years of hard work, that dream and vision that was initially advanced by David blossomed into Pacific Gardens Cohousing on Seventh Street. David lived there from 2008 until shortly before his death.

In 1997, David was hired to be the BC organizer for the Canadian Action Party. The party was founded by Paul Hellyer, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, to give Canadians an alternative to what some saw as a US-influenced Liberal Party.

“It is important to understand that the reason politicians and political parties are beholden to the military-industrial-financial complex, is because their parties are funded by that complex, which often hedges its bets by funding all the large parties,” David said in a 2003 interview published in the UK in Prospect. “I suggest non-corporate funding is a prerequisite to us being able to bring about money and banking reform changes,” David added. And for that reason, David said he was glad to work for Hellyer’s new Canadian Action Party “because of its commitment to money and banking reform.”

More recently, David was one of four founding directors of the Island Roots Market Co-Operative, which seeks to establish a year-round indoor farmers market in Nanaimo. On March 30 of this year, David was honored with the designation of Director Emeritus for Island Roots Market Co-operative.

“Workers’ co-operatives are a fraternal link to co-ops,” David remarked. “To this end I made a special trip in 1983 to the Mondragon co-ops in the Basques Country in Spain. The visit confirmed my conclusion that a co-operative society is possible.”

Throughout his life, David was a champion of co-ops and of the co-op model for organizing workers, artists, goods, and services. In 1963 David was the founder of Carleton University Students’ Housing Co-op. In 1964, he was a cofounder of Ottawa Direct Charge Co-op. From 1969-1972 he was the cofounder and vice president Co-operative Habitat Association of Toronto, which designed and built 175 extant townhouses and medium-rise human-scale dwellings in Mississauga.

In November 2011, during the height of the Occupy movement, David proposed that the Nanaimo Occupy encampment in Diana Krall Plaza could become a co-op of workers and artists that could be permanently housed in a large city-owned building downtown. He outlined his vision in a letter to the editor published in the Nanaimo News Bulletin.

David Weston spends a quiet moment playing the harp during the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s open house in 2012. — Image Credit: Rachel Stern Photo, Nanaimo News Bulletin

David Weston spends a quiet moment playing the harp during the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s open house in 2012. — Image Credit: Rachel Stern Photo, Nanaimo News Bulletin

David was also a poet, a musician, an educator, and an active Unitarian since the early 1960s.

David was born in Plymouth, Devon, and brought up and schooled in various parts of Britain, including Scotland. He was raised in a musical family where his maternal grandmother was a violinist in the Plymouth Symphony, and his father was a church organist.

David held a Masters of Philosophy in Urban Design (from Oxon). And he was working toward his PhD with his thesis on the feasibility of cohousing in a modern consumer society.

For more information on David’s history and philosophy as a money-reform activist, read this 2003 interview with him in Prosperity.

David’s insights and laughter will be missed by many. But he has, through his decades of activism, left a living legacy that will endure long into the future.

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Art By The Beach in Qualicum

You won’t want to miss Art By the Beach at Qualicum Beach!

art by the beach, august 23, Qualicum BeachSaturday, August 23, 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
221 Elizabeth Avenue

Come view the work of seven established artists in the lovely garden of Faye Smith & Joe Rosenblatt.

Artists on display:

Bill Friesen
DF Gray
Don Jean-Louis
Marci Katz
Robert Kinnard
Lynn Orriss
Joe Rosenblatt

painting of "Moby Minnow" by Joe Rosenblatt

“Moby Minnow” by Joe Rosenblatt

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Blossoms into Stars (kasen)

Kasen: “Blossoms into Stars” * 

bee on tansy(Gabriola Island, July 18, 2014)

Participating Poets & Verse Allocation:

Sonja Arntzen (sabaki) 1, 9, 15, 22, 29, 36
Terry Ann Carter 7, 13, 20, 27, 34
Kim Goldberg 3, 11, 17, 25, 31
Carole MacRury 2, 10, 16, 23, 30
Vicki McCullough 8, 14, 21, 28, 35
kjmunro 4, 12, 18, 24, 32
Naomi Beth Wakan 5, 6, 19, 26, 33

Side 1 

  1. mid-tide, mid-summer
    a long hot spell offers up
    the hint of change
  1. a super moon, yet
    still a familiar face
  1. the brightness
    reveals a path I thought
    I had lost
  1. along the beach, wave
    after wave after wave
  1. oystercatchers
    cry hysterically lest
    their feet get wet
  1. how we hesitate on the edge
    fearful, yet eager

Side 2

  1. wondering if he will call
    she places a cherry blossom
    behind her ear
  1. almost unseen
    the frog
  1. by the old pond
  1. tick tock, tick tock
    the long day of the retired
  1. people-watching
    in the coffee shop, Santa
    already in the window
  1. the heart in her low-fat foam
  1. coded message
    in his sumi-e scroll
    under the pillow
  1. wrestling once more
    with the wrath of God
  1. slithery sound
    of the pampas grass
    restless in the wind
  1. who comes to my door
    this autumn evening?
  1. spill of moonlight
    and dry leaves
    tumble in
  1. a hairpin holds the pages
    of the handmade book

Side 3

  1. in the mirror
    the kabuki actor changes
    from male to female
  1. the fortune teller makes
    a small prediction
  1. silver spandex stretched
    across the belly
    eight months blown
  1. Edith Piaf’s husky voice
    “je ne regrette rien…”
  1. the time it takes
    for the penitent to leave
    the confessional
  1. full moon
    goin’ swimmin’ without women
  1. goblins
    walk the sea wall
    trail of candy wrappers
  1. stubble left in the field
    as the hay bales pile up
  1. Cambodian land mines
    still active throughout
    the jungle
  1. the overhead fan
    in a hotbox hotel
  1. even for a sun lover
    this holiday
    is a trial
  1. after a long day
    a hung jury

Side 4

  1. when will I reach
    the centre
    of the labyrinth?
  1. evening stroll
    his hand in her pocket
  1. long years together
    they begin to resemble
    each other
  1. the only cure for grief
    is grief itself
  1. as the earth turns—
    into stars
  1. grass for my pillow
    drifting off to sleep


camas & grass* The kasen is a 36-verse form of renku, a type of Japanese collaborative poetry whose most famous practitioner was Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694). This particular kasen, “Blossoms into Stars”, is based on a template found in a kasen by Bashō (et al.) called “Throughout the Town”. For those interested in our process, the seven of us composed this kasen in a 9-hour session (with a 3-hour break in the afternoon). We all sat around a large table in the library of our sabaki’s beautiful log home perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. When each person’s turn came up, she picked up her pad and paper and moved outside to compose her verse, while the rest of us remained at the table sipping green tea and discussing the intricacies and customs and history of renga and renku.


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