Wait Until Late Afternoon
By David Bateman and Hiromi Goto
David Bateman and Hiromi Goto’s collaborative poem, Wait Until Late Afternoon, is a nostalgic/anti-nostalgic creative autobiographical conversation. Tracing their relationship to their fathers, their lives, and to each other through the transfiguring effects of alcohol, the narrative travels from glamorous nightclubs and the Jade Market in Taipei to Peterborough, Ontario and Nanton, Alberta. Through memory, mourning, geographies and sexualities, this poetic narrative is at once a memento mori and meditations upon wabi sabi.
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Currently based in Toronto, David Bateman is a visual artist, performance poet, and playwright whose most recent performance piece, Does this Giacometti Make Me Look Fat? or Art Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, was presented in New Orleans in the spring of 2010. A Brief History of White Virgins or The Night Freddy Mercury Kissed Me was presented across Canada in 2009, and his spoken word monologue What’s It Like? has been presented in Montreal, Toronto, Peterborough, and Cyprus (2010). He has taught literature and creative writing at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions. His three collections of poetry, designation youth, Invisible Foreground and Impersonating Flowers, have been published by Frontenac House (Calgary). Frontenac has also published his collaborative long poem entitled Wait Until Late Afternoon, written with poet/novelist Hiromi Goto.
His spoken word monologues and solo plays have been presented both nationally and internationally over the past twenty years. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary (English Literature; specialization Creative Writing) and has taught at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions including Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), and Trent University (Peterborough). His arts and entertainment reviews have appeared in XTRA, IN Toronto, and at <a href=”http://www.batemanreviews.blogspot.com”>batemanreviews.blogspot.com</a></p>
Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of Chorus of Mushrooms, and The Kappa Child. She has also written a children’s novel, The Water of Possibility, and a collection of short stories, Hopeful Monsters. Her most recent publication is a young adult novel, Half World, published by Penguin Canada. She and David Bateman collaborated on and showcased a performance piece entitled The Cowboy and the Geisha.
Fix yourself a big Manhattan (rye, not bourbon), then sit in your favourite chair as far as possible from the dirty dishes, and read your way through this lyric conversation. Hear it aloud inside your barely sober head. These are words you can give yourself to with confidence, they are that precise and that evocative.
~ George Bowering
Bateman and Goto share these pages with a tipsy, razor-edged humility. Intriguing, painful, funny and moving, these poems speak to each other in a conversation that seduced me like a row of glittering, multi-coloured cocktails. You can’t just have one… I downed the whole book in one sitting.
~ Evalyn Parry
the condensation of these ice cubes
in a glass
squat blunt drunken penile objects
bobbing labial petals
on a damp spent towel
glassy eyed wetness
slops over the lip
licking the skin
a sticky hand