For the past 13 years, almost everytime Martin has done a reading, he has created and sold e.p’s specifically for the event.
Being a music buff, Martin has taken the idea of the e.p and trasplanted the notion into 6 page booklets, much the same way a musician would record 6 songs.
“I grew up on records,and we had piles and piles of L.P’s, the regular records where you had all 10 or 12 songs by the musician, but once in a while you get an E.P, a record with only 4 or 6 songs. So I figured why not do the same with my poetry. Have the regular full length book for people, but once in awhile produce a smaller book, something even more ground down than a chap book, and call it an e.p.”
With that in mind, Martin has written 5 new poems, and one letter in honour of the 2nd annual Al Purdy Picnic, where he will be part of the long list of talented readers. The e.p is entitled,” The Trouble with you Al…” a quote from Margaret Atwood about Al Purdy. The entire quote is held within the e.p itself. The 5 new pieces are about Al Purdy, as well the letter, aptly titled, ‘Regarding Al.’
20 copies have been made and will be available at the show for $2.00 each.
“To be able to read, even for just a few minutes at the A-frame, well…..for any writer or lover of poetry- it’s like walking to the holy land for literature.”
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