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If you didn’t attend the Geist launch of issue 76 and the celebration of 20 years in print, then you missed out on a great selection of Geist readers.
The night started out with Stephen Osborne reading a piece written on a cigarette package. It captivated the audience as well had the listeners in awe of how such a story could fit on such a tiny package.
The readers brought the audience through tales of Batman in hosiery, yellow pants, the hardships of homelessness and gender identity, entering Canada, and the collection of dead people’s photos. The readings started off with a brief explanation of how a jackpine sonnet is written by Daniel Zomparelli, with a few examples including the poem "How To Get More Hits To Your Blog."
The authors and some of their pieces they read can be found in the current issue of Geist (76). Including the stories and poems “Yellow Pants” by Jarred Hazard, “Lovetime” by Jill Mandrake, “Free Me From Anxiety” by Antonette Rea, “2010 Handbook for Entering Canada” by Brad Cran. These narratives are kick you in the pants funny, touching, political, sad, moving and all around entertaining.
The final reading of the night described the “grave digging” techniques of Faith Monsoon. Her collection of unclaimed photos and photo collections had one envisioning the lost stories of every picture that has been abandoned. Some of her collection can be found in the pages and on the cover of the current issue.