bill bissett is Canada’s world champion hippy poet freak. Best known for his phonetic (funetik) spelling, it’s fair to say that bissett’s poetry anticipated the text messaging age by several decades. What once seemed like an avante garde approach to language now seems like the inevitable evolution of communication. He’s the poet laureate of SMS.
Tomorrow night, bissett launches his latest book of poetry, ths is erth thees ar peopul, at the This Ain’t the Rosedale Library bookstore. bissett is truly a national treasure and if you have never experienced one of his “reedings”, this is an event that you should not pass up. If history is any indication, bissett will chant, and dance and probably shake a maraca as he performs, and you will laugh and laugh. By the end of the evening, you will be in love with him. The man’s energy and charisma are infectious. Yes sir, This Ain’t Your Typical Poetry Reading.
This Ain’t the Rosedale Library is located at 483 Church Street and the reading takes place Thursday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. You can’t beat that!
Photo courtesy of John W. MacDonald from his weblog blog.johnwmacdonald.com.