Category Archives: Idea Catalogue


I have more new ideas from the Idea Factory. One is several pots or “stations” of stanzas, usually separated by a poem it could be, which is the artistic control left to the writer. The player would choose, and the game would be to put it together in a particular order or not, could set

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UPDATE MARCH 27, 2018 Good news and bad news. My blood pressure is a low 110 over 70, not unusual in our family, my father and brother the exceptions. It seems I arrived at my GP’s with barely a pulse. The doc checked the pulse in my feet, including the one that will be sacrificed

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Believe you me was a phrase Robert Kroetsch used frequently in his poetry, The Sad Phoenician for example. I seem compelled to explain my new Passages feature, which will end up in a new section to be called LISTENHERE! to go with LOOKIT! and will also become home to podcasts. When asked if I believe

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Let’s Talk #2

LISTEN INNG What if as part of “Let’s Talk,” we had a “We’ll Listen” campaign. File this under new ideas and let’s talk and mental health. The idea is this; start with a pilot project in a few high traffic malls, the airport, the universities, the library and offer to listen to passers by for

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New ideas

A cheese and carrot grater that comes with a knuckle guard, a wheelchair lift for small spaces and heights, using compressed air to inflate and raise the passenger to the correct height. A chef’s chair combining a captain’s chair with a wheelchair and an office chair. Office chair should be the place to start, but

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Manitoba Interlake Grain of Sand Poetry Contest

Deadline April 26 2 pm, at the Interlake Gimli Klean-All Laundromat April is poetry month in North America. The League of Canadian Poets has chosen “Time” as Canada’s theme celebrating our 150th year since confederation. Considering the Interlake beaches (they’re under the snow and ice somewhere), A Grain of Sand has been adopted for the

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Writing my life

And writers make shit up. Even Anne Sexton, Slyvia Plath, Robert Lowell, or John Berryman. No matter the resemblances, and no matter how hard writers try to bleed authenticity all over their stories and poems, writers are still writing. Thank you Robert Kroetsch! But I write for my life, as Ted Dyck says for us, and

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Cover Poems (another Idea)

I think these two examples from my Jimmy Bang Blues Project explain it best. “Jimmy Bang’s Limbo Blues” covers a poem by Dorothy Parker and a song by King Biscuit Boy. This one is more recent, but reaches back to 1 Corinthians 13 1 – 3; and Marc Bolan of T.Rex fame. Jimmy’s Bang A

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1 2 10

I was in a surgeon’s office trying to describe my foot pain on a scale of 1 to 10. (Doctors and nurses frequently ask patients to do their best to choose a number between one to ten to describe their pain.) I thought wouldn’t it be great if someone invented stickers that you’d just place

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Poetry Month in the Interlake (New Idea for)

INTERLAKE GRAIN OF SAND POETRY FESTIVAL APRIL 28 – 30 ….(next year country….) GIMLI, MANITOBA “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” from “Auguries of Innocence” by William Blake “Time flies like an

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