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Sat August 20, 2016

THE SORDID LITERARY LIFE OF MARK LABA, MY OLDEST FRIEND

THE SORDID LITERARY LIFE OF MARK LABA, MY OLDEST FRIEND

Mark Laba is my oldest friend and my first collaborator. He lives in Vancouver, where he once worked as a restaurant reviewer for a daily newspaper. His books and chapbooks include Dummy Spit (The Mercury Press), Movies in the Insect Temple (Proper Tales Press), The Pig Sleeps>, a collaborative novel he and I wrote (Contra Mundo Books), and, he says, “a lot of yellowing leaflets and chapbooks.” His poetry has appeared in my anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press), and he and I collaborated on a few poems for my book Our Days In Vaudeville (Mansfield Press). He also won the bpNichol Chapbook Award for The Mack Bolan Poems (Gesture Press) way back, he says, in 1918.

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