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from the book that doesn’t close
by Joe Blades
Nov. 2008
poetry & prose
7" x 5.5", perfect bound tpb
72 pp
ISBN 978-1-55391-067-1
$16 CDN


Fredericton’s Joe Blades is ‘a true prophet of poetry’
—Michael O. Nowlan, The Daily Gleaner, 27 Dec 2008

I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the spontaneity of the texts (drawn from September-October 2003), which really have that loose feel of journal-writing, all the while maintaining the essential attention to the job of poetry-writing. The poems are hospitable. One enters a Joe poem as one might enter Joe’s home. You can walk around inside these poems and go where your curiosity takes you. They read like ‘notes to self’, they read like thoughts on the fly, they read like voices whispering in dusk light. One doesn’t even realize right away how open, how generous these poems are.
—Vincent Tinguely, illimitable reality wreck, 8 April 2009

this is an interesting work . . . goes to show how much is going on in these notebooks
—rob mclennan, rob mclennan’s blog, 6 Dec 2008


Praise for Open Road West

“To turn to Joe Blades is to abandon classicism for exhuberant experimentation and openness of all sorts . . . a defiant “road book” reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues . . . socks whimsy and drunken reality indelibly into the pages. There’s a debt to Allen Ginsberg here—as there sure well ought to be.
     There is also a good deal of fun . . . madcap, zany, zesty, manic and also, here and there, sweetly lyrical.”
—George Elliott Clarke, The Sunday Herald


Since 1983 Joe Blades has been collecting the stuff of life in journals that travel everywhere with him. A fellow artist called one “the book that doesn’t close”. This book is drawn from writings in two of Blades’ journals.

Joe Blades is a Fredericton-based writer–artist on the editorial board of revue ellipse mag. Blades has given readings, lectures, and workshops across Canada, in the USA, Scotland, and Eastern Europe. He is a community radio producer-host at CHSR 97.9 FM with the award-winning weekly Ashes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton’s Writing and Arts program since 1995. He is the editor of ten publications, curator of a videopoem screening, and author of six poetry books, including River Suite and Casemate Poems (Collected). Two of his books have been translated and published in Serbian editions. He can be found online at brokenjoe.blogspot.com and joeblades.com.



Related Activities
• 13 June, 6:30 pm. Dinner, Awards Presentation & New Books by Members reading (including Joe Blades, League of Canadian Poets' 2009 Poetry Fest & Conference @ Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

• 11 June, 7:30 pm. Vancouver poets + Katherine Lawrence, Lori Cayer, Dymphny Dronyk and Joe Blades group reading: @ Café Montmartre, 4362 Main St, Vancouver, BC.
10 March, 2009, 8 pm: Joe Blades reading in the TREE Reading Series, “Library” of the Ottawa Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON.

12 Nov 2008, Wednesday: Noches de poesia, lectures débutant à 18h00 jusqu’à 20h00. Le Dépanneur Café, 206, rue Bernard Ouest, Montréal Québec H2T 2K4. T 514.271.9357, info@ledepanneurcafe.com. Programme : il semble que le Nouveau-Brunswick visite Montréal ce soir!!! Herménégilde Chiasson (français) et sa traductrice littéraire • Jo-Anne Elder (anglais +) • Nela Rio (espagnol) • Joe Blades (anglais) • Sandra Le Couteur (français) musique et poésie.

11 Nov 2008, Tuesday, 7:30 pm: Nela Rio launched Aquella luz, la que estremece/The Light that Makes Us Tremble & Joe Blades launched from the book that doesn’t close. Café Volver, 5604 avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC.


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