I begin with small archaeologies.
Small archaeology, lesser gods.
In a parking lot downtown I saw bird
tracks frozen in ice. I heard bird song.
I watched perfect tiny dancing.
The archaeology of the small and real.
Ice can sign and stone can speak, if we listen.
Small archaeology. Lesser gods. Pursuing
these I will rescue memory. Other things
will be lost but not this. I am trying to
rescue memory. I listen to ice and stone.
This is the future. Everything is beginning.
Excerpt from the poem,
"The Long Distace"
written by Murdoch Burnett
ABOUT MURDOCH ...
Murdoch Burnett was honoured at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival "Home on Earth" in 2007 with the first ever Golden Beret Award for his lifelong contribution to the arts community, mastery of his art and performances and dedication to his community.
Murdoch has performed extensively
in NorthAmerica but some highlights come to
For instance, he remembers very fondly his years
as a regular performer at the historic venues of Ten Foot
Henry's and Marty's Cafe in Calgary.
He is proud of the work he and musician / composer Scott Willing did, composing music for the poems: We Are Not Romans, Technologically Native, Power and Glory, A Choice of Futures, The Long Distance, The Homecoming and The Centre of the World. The Centre of the World: A Plains Journey, received a favourable review from Hugh Dempsey and the book launch was held at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.
Murdoch performed at several High Performance Rodeos produced by One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Company in Calgary and, in 1988, he was invited to perform at the Calgary Olympic Arts Festival with writers from 27 countries amongst whom were Lawrenc Ferlinghetti and Ryszard Kapuscinski.
In 1996, Murdoch was invited to attend the first ever "Wordfest: Banff Calgary International Writers Festival"featuring 50 writers over four days. The other writers included Margaret Atwood, Roch Carrier, Wayson Choy, Thomson Highway, Paul Quarrington and Sheri-D Wilson.
As we gather recordings of Murdoch's performances we will add them to the Performance Archives page [LINK] on this site.
MURDOCH BURNETT AT SCREAM IN HIGH PARK - SCREAM '98 [Link]
MURDOCH BURNETT FONDS
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
READING THE PALLISER TRIANGLE
ALWYNNE B. BEAUDOIN
Head Curator of Landscape Studies at the Royal Alberta Museum
LINK TO MURDOCH'S BIBLIOGRAPHY PAGE:
All prose and poems Copyright by Murdoch Burnett, 2013