29 Apr

A special issue of ellipse magazine published to mark the 100th anniversary of Frye’s birth. Under the direction of Jo-Anne Elder, ellipse is mandated with promoting literary translation and intercultural awareness. The Special Edition features new writing by authors from the Maritimes and across Canada.

LAUNCH OF ELLIPSE SPECIAL EDITION: April 28, 2012 – 4:00 pm Readings and cocktail reception Lobby, Delta Beauséjour.

My text is printed below:

Summer is my Archetype
to Northrop Frye

As I travel into this volume
on the track of words laid out for me
I ponder the maize that carries me there.

The ticket, is my own commitment to enter,
my willingness to explore the world waiting there for me
within the constructs of the media.

My mind fabricates meaning,
interpreted by my understanding of an agreement
between the architects of literacy.

The voices in there are built within my own mind.
The appearances are conjured through descriptors
as well as my own living experience.
I see
I smell
I touch
I taste
I feel
through travel on those tracks of words.

My mind is resolved to the idea that
although the medium is always part of those messages,
the essential quality of communication
remains the availability of the receiver
to perceive and to create with the tools
laid out by each new technology.

And now that those words,
accompanied by images and sounds
inhabit cyberspace.

They wrestle down oral tradition,
performance, interpretation and
traditions of ceremony requiring physical place.
They argue to own the floor.
I leave them to champion the polemics of ownership.

If I do not hear trees falling in the forest,
it is that I have decided upon a new fork in the road.

I smell the savage freshness of spring
as the frozen winter beast melts before me.
I kick the dry leaves of autumn into infinity
and swim further out,
into the lapping waves of summer.

As time wanders simultaneously
on intersecting planes,
its comedies and tragedies
play out in pink and green.

As the medium both renders and nurtures,
extracts it pound of flesh
in influence
It rebuilds according to its own rules.

Time melts in the rendering of thought.
The hourglass signals warning shots, the buzzer will sound.
So forget it
and swim out.



Ellipse Mag, Side by Side Editions / Éditions Côte-à-Côte
No 87-88
ISBN 978-0-9737528-3-1

Summer is my Archetype, pps 165-166



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About Valerie LeBlanc

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, pluri-­disciplinary artist and writer Valerie LeBlanc has worked in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her creations travel between poetry, performance, visual and written theory. Valerie LeBlanc has been creating video poetry since the mid 1980’s, and is the creator of the MediaPackBoard (MPB), portable screening / performance device.

L’artiste pluridisciplinaire Valerie LeBlanc est vidéaste, poète, performeuse et essayiste. Son travail oscille entre le remarquable et le quotidien. Elle a exposé ses œuvres en Europe, en Australie et au Brésil. Elle crée des vidéopoèmes depuis le milieu des années 1980 et a inventé le MediaPackBoard (MPB), un appareil de projection mobile pour la performance.

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Genre : Vidéopoésie/Videopoetry

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