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– bill bissett
bill bissett garnered international attention in the 1960s as a pre-eminent figure of the counter-culture movement in Canada and the U.K. In 1964, he founded blewointment press, which published the works of bpNichol and Steve McCaffery, among others.
bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing, the verve of which is only matched by his prolific writing career—over seventy books of bissett’s poetry have been published.
A pioneer of sound, visual and performance poetry—eschewing the artificial hierarchies of meaning and the privileging of things (“proper” nouns) over actions imposed on language by capital letters; the metric limitations imposed on the possibilities of expression by punctuation; and the illusion of formal transparency imposed on the written word by standard (rather than phonetic) spelling—bissett composes his poems as scripts for pure performance and has consistently worked to extend the boundaries of language and visual image, honing a synthesis of the two in the medium of concrete poetry.
Whether paying tribute to his hometown lunaria or exercising his native tongue dissent, bissett continues to dance upon upon the cutting edge of poetics and performance works.
bill bissett was recently a featured poet on the Heart of a Poet series, produced in conjunction with Bravo! TV.
Among bissett’s many awards are: The George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award (2007); BC Book Prizes Dorothy Livesay Prize (2003) peter among th towring boxes / text bites; BC Book Prizes Dorothy Livesay Prize (1993) inkorrect thots.
April 2014 : It’s Poetry Month!
December 2013 : bill bissett 2014 Calendars Now Available!
October 2013 : Talon Authors Unite at WORD Vancouver
March 2013 : okanagan hungree 4 bill bissett
December 2012 : Adeena & bill - Footage From Their 25th!
October 2012 : TIME [with bill bissett] - Halloween Edition
December 2011 : A B Series Launch For Two New bill bissett Books
October 2011 : textual vishyuns is here!
August 2011 : Vancouver Poets Pay Homage to bill bissett
Winner of the 2014 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word”
QUOTES OF NOTEhungree throat
“…plays with connections and tensions between images and language by weaving together drawings, visual poems, lyric poems, and prose while telling the story of the relationship between two gay men through several stages of their lives. In classic bissett style, the short sections are written in phonetic rather than grammatical English and often integrate discussions between the characters on meditation, metaphysics, and the challenge of overcoming fears, traumas, and disappointments. The spiritual, Zen-like focus of the book adds to the salience of the psychedelic images and weaves them into the narrative. … noteworthy, especially for bissett’s mesmerizing images and their interactions with the language surrounding them … an interesting and intriguing reading/viewing of the struggles of coming to terms with, and visualizing, a tumultuous world and ‘how we feel abt unsirtintee.’”
– Canadian Literature
“an oddity even by bissett standards, not because of its content but because it purports to be a narrative … Loosely speaking, it’s the tale of two new lovers, ‘howard n brian,’ and the setting is domestic, but even so their encounters, dialogues, and interior monologues shine with the golden light of bissett’s illumination. Which, by the way, is capable of transforming even the most banal thought into poetry.”
– Georgia Straight
QUOTES OF NOTEnovel
“These essays are rich with information about bissett, but most importantly they revive and re-examine significant moments from his life and career. It is a must-read for both bissett scholars and fanatics alike.” —Broken Pencil”
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“His poetry addresses the limitless discussion of the boundaries between the personal and the political.”
— National Post”
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Touches on the great themes of humanity…in bissett’s inimitable way.
— Monday Magazine
bissett is one of the leading performance poets in Canada.
— Flak Magazine
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.