Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets

I'll be reading as part of the launch for Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets on Thursday
December 14th, 7pm at the Ottawa Art Gallery (in the Arts Court building) with
several of the other contributors (not sure exactly who - maybe all). See below a
note from Chaudiere's editor/co-publisher rob mclennan:

Chaudiere Books & the Ottawa Art Gallery invite you to the launch of the first
in a series of anthologies of work by
Ottawa area writers, the anthology
Decalogue: ten Ottawa poets, featuring the work of Stephen Brockwell,
Michelle Desbarats, Anita Dolman, Anne Le Dressay, Karen Massey, Una
McDonnell, rob mclennan, Max Middle, Monty Reid and Shane Rhodes.
A free event, lovingly hosted by Chaudiere Books editor/co-publisher
rob mclennan, it happens Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 7pm at the
Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court Building, 2 Daly Street (at Nicholas;
beside the Rideau Centre).
 For more information on the authors &/or titles, check out
or http://chaudierebooks.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Notes on a Max Middle Sound Project performance (5 November 2006, Dusty Owl Reading Series)

It's been a while since the Max Middle Sound Project performance as part of the Dusty Owl Reading Series. There's been time to debrief, self-critique & reflect. Part of the reason why these performances have worked so well is the way in which the pieces are organized: the patterned sequences linking one piece to another. On November 5th, the uncanny shift was the one that occurred between 'Moon Potatoes' & 'Againful Deployment' (latter by jwcurry).

What we read in the end, in order (authored by me, unless otherwise noted):

1. Announcement of a previous performance
2. Cottage Sestina
3. A Text for One Voice
4. A Text for Four Voices
5. Run Scrummee
6. Vegetables ('found' texts)
7. Moon Potatoes
8. Againful Deployment a sound poem for an assembly line of voicings (jwcurry)
9. Fortune Cookies (fortune cookies - purchased)
10. Zedders
11. Throat drone (conceived/executed by the performers)
12. Mother Hubbard (S.C.M.)
13. Flowers and Seasons (anonymous)
14. The Progress of Egarag Hguanavak

An intense series of readings, it took us around 45 mins to complete. It was a vocal performance, no instruments, & literary rather than musical. We performed a bunch of multi-voice sound poetry pieces including 'Againful Deployment' by jwcurry, as well as some found text. We read our fortunes & ate the cookies too!!

This performance was an astonishing accomplishment which could not have been executed without the excellent performers, Baird McNeill, Jason Sonier & Anne Davison. Everyone read extremely well. With their permission, I'll eventually post a recording or two from the event to my web site.

At the end of the performance, I performed 'The Progress of Egarag Hguanavak' which is simply Kavanaugh Garage spelt backwards. It's a structured sound poetry improvisation where the reader fights to turn the phrase around, from nonsense towards sense, the sense in this case is ironically 'Kavanaugh Garage.' There's another recording of me reading it at
www.maxmiddle.com/files. Once I fought my way into the 'sense' of Kavanaugh Garage & started chanting it, the others joined, following Anne's lead; suddenly, we were all chanting 'Kavanaugh Garage', amazingly, waving our hands about as tho we were part of some crazed hip hop performance.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bruce Andrews clip from TV (& link for PREHAB)

couple of things very much worth seeing from Bruce Andrews:

PREHAB, a collaboration between poet Bruce Andrews & graphic designer Dirk Rowntree tiny phrases/poems made into a video sequence of typographical
mystery & magic. Now up on the invaluable Ubu.com site:


& Bruce Andrews 2 weeks ago on the Bill O'Reilly Report on Fox News:


Thursday, November 02, 2006

New Sound Files at www.maxmiddle.com

i put some new sound files up on the web site - the most recent being 'The Progress of Egarag Hguanavak'

* who is Egarag anyway? * any guesses?

also recently updated the vispo page on the web site.

Friday, October 27, 2006

I'm preparing the program for the Max Middle Sound Project performance at the Dusty Owl. This show will involve many voices sounding poetry scores written by yrs truly & others. To find out more y'll just have to head over to the Owl in its Swizzles home on November 5th at 5pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

photo John W. MacDonald

Jason Sonier, Anne Davison & Max Middle performing at Ottawa's Lumiere Festival
12 August 2006


The Max Middle Sound Project

Dusty Owl Reading Series

Sunday November 5th at 5pm

Swizzles Bar & Grill
246-b Queen Street
below the Green Papaya Restaurant
(down the stairs under the green awning)

with Anne Davison, Baird McNeil, Max Middle, & Jason Sonier

& friends!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The New Wolves

It's been a month since
the wolves descended from airplanes
on bubbles and blew out the moon;
casting tracks filled by glass soldiers,
lit up, on blocks:
sentinels, silent at dusk.
The children are on the lake
to rouse kites to stillness
and the sound is slowly familiar
from a collapsed anteroom.
When they ride saddle less
with the full moon at dawn,
the spiders will awaken
as puppets strung in new suits
attending a ventriloquist's voice.

I've recently started publishing the Puddle leaflets series under the Griddle Grin imprint.

Puddle leaflets published to date are:

#1 Two One Line Poems by Max Middle

#2 Moon Potatoes by Max Middle

#3 flatland #21 by derek beaulieu

#4 practice preach by Sheila Murphy

#5 Continua 12-12 by Chris Turnbull

#6 Neee by John M. Bennett

#7 Poem with Vowel Music (Strung Too Tight) Sprung (Lord Alfred Tennyson, "To a Lady Sleeping")
and Poem with Eroded Edges (Sir Walter Raleigh, "Epitaph") by Irving Weiss

Puddle leaflet series

Call for Submissions

Ideally seeking combinations of verse & visual poetry (yes... in whatever form such combinations may occur). Submissions of work resembling simply either ‘linear’ or visual poetry are also welcome!

Printing format: one sheet of 8.5 x 11" paper, one or both sides, black & white.

Please email poetry in the body of message or as .jpg, .doc, .wpd to . Mail to: Griddle Grin, 377, 532 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1K 4R4

Ordering Information

For sample copies of Puddle leaflets published to date, in Canada send an SASE, 8.5 x 11" sized envelope with $1.05 postage & abroad send $3 in Canadian funds payable to Max Middle, Griddle Grin, 377, 532 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1K 4R4

Donations welcome.

Subscription to be announced soon.