Join us for the fourth installment of #postdildo #readingseries, featuring poets Maxine Gadd & Ted Rees.
MAXINE GADD is a Vancouver-based poet who lives and works in the Downtown Eastside. A graduate of the UBC English program in the early 1960s, Gadd has published numerous books, chapbooks, and little magazines including Lost Language (Coach House, 1982), Backup to Babylon (New Star Books, 2006), and The Subway Under Byzantium (New Star, 2008).
TED REES is a poet, essayist, and educator who recently returned to his home city of Philadelphia after ten years of living all over central and northern California, most notably Oakland and the Mount Shasta area. His first book of poetry, In Brazen Fontanelle Aflame, was released in July by Timeless, Infinite Light, and The Elephants published the chapbook the soft abyss earlier this year. He teaches at Temple and La Salle Universities, and digs graves by hand for a Muslim cemetery when he isn’t in the classroom. He and his partner can often be found walking Canela, their beefy and silly pitbull dog.
#postdildo #readingseries unfolds alongside #postdildo #readinggroup and a book of experimental essays and poems and fantasies entitled, not surprisingly, postdildo. Readers are asked to not so much directly respond to postdildo’s call, but to strap it on as they so wish to do.
What makes a dildo special is that it is not a cock, but a ready-made prosthetic, available and detached from any supposed owner who may cause damage. As the saying goes: dildos don’t kill people, people kill people. #postdildo views the dildo as a relation rather than a phallic object or tool. #postdildo asks many questions: How to fuck without causing harm? How shall you fuck without causing harm?
#postdildo #readingseries and its assemblages are situated on the stolen Indigenous lands of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Stó:lō , and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
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