Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 9

Ghosts and Spirits

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 10

The Bohemian Embassy

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 11

Should Pope Pius XII be canonized?

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 12

Alphabet of Canadianisms

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 13

Poetry Reading

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 14


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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 15

National Poetry Month reading …

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Colombo’s Podcast: Episode 16


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Beside the Point

Beside the Point is a new compendium of the adages, aphorisms, and epigrams that were composed over a three-year period by author and editor John Robert Colombo.
Here are some two thousand short and original remarks arranged in alphabetical order by subject or topic. What these works have in common is the merit of transience: sudden insights, plays on words, linguistic lapses, philosophical inquiries, expressions of opinions, odd and irrelevant pieces of information, verbal inversions and reversals, vivid interpretations, as well as recreation of impossible schemes and imaginative ideals.

Soft cover designed by Bill Andersen. 6×9 inches, 298 pages, ISBN-10 1-894540-86-7. $35

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Here For Now

Here for Now is a new collection of close to two hundred poems and effects composed during the calendar year 2016 by John Robert Colombo. The poet reacts to the issues of the day but in the main he offers observations and comments on cultural concerns, civilized values, and metaphysical matters of enduring interest. Also included are the daily entries of a year’s journal which to some extent place the poems and effects in the contexts of their times.

Toronto: Colombo & Company, 2017, trade paperback, 6″ x 9″, 258 pages. ISBN-10-1894540-84-0. $35.00

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JRC – References on the Web

Animated Poems (directed by Kristin Somborac)

Recipe for a Canadian Novel

Domestic Weaponry

If the Rest of the World

Animated Poems (produced by the NFB)

A Said Poem

Riverdale Lion

Poems of Space and Time

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Canadian Poetry on Line – University of Toronto

Official site

Wikipedia entries
John Robert Colombo – Wikipedia

Hosts of Two National Television Series

Colombo Quotes
CBC-TV, 6-part quiz and panel show with high-school students. Directed by Richard Donovan in six different Canadian cities, 2 April to 4 June 1978.

Unexplained Canada
KarowPrime Films, 6-part historical-social study of Canadian “mysteries.” Space Channel and CBC-TV, launched January 2006, directed by Sean C. Karrow. Each episode deals with a given mystery: Coghlan’s Coffin, The Lake of Healing Waters, Plains of Abraham Mysteries, Revelstone Event, The Vanishing Village of the Dead, The Windigo.

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Immense Estates

web-cover-2Immense Estates consists of all the poems that were composed by poet and anthologist John Robert Colombo during the calendar year 2015. The poems are arranged in chronological order and are also dated, so it is possible to read through the year in question, and by matching these texts with the entries in the writer’s daily journal, also included, it is possible to follow one person through the 365 days of the year in question. The texts are characterized by much speculation and more innovation and even clear innuendo, being rather philosophical in nature and suggestive of some imaginative formations uncommon in contemporary literature.

Immense Estates is a work of some latitude and considerable longitude. ISBN-10 1-894540-83-2 / ISBN-13 978-1-894540-83-4 / 6″ x 9″, 294 pages. Cover design by Bill Andersen.

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Covers updated

Bill Andersen has designed many book covers for John and Ruth Colombo. This slideshow includes them all, right up to JRC’s latest, Self-Schrift.

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Jules Verne’s Canada

verneIt is not widely known that the great French storyteller Jules Verne set seven of his exciting, action-packed adventure novels in Canada, that is, in Upper Canada and Lower Canada, in the Klondike, in the Mackenzie District, in the Niagara District … on land, on tundra, on plains, on rivers, on seas, on icefloes, and in the air. Here are the complete texts in English translation of these seven novels, collected by John Robert Colombo, who contributes the foreword titled “Jules Verne’s Canada,” and the scholar and author Jean-Louis Trudel contributes an afterword, a scholarly study of “Jules Verne’s Influence on French-Canadian Science Fiction.”

Folio size, 628 double-columned pages. Order from website of The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

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self-scrift-web-illus--275Self-Schrift consists of commentaries on all the books written, compiled, edited, and translated by John Robert Colombo.

Here the prolific author and editor offers commentaries – anecdotes, insights, appreciations, criticisms, ideas, theories, etc. – about all of the 230 titles that he has published over the last half century. Also included is a list of other authors’ books that bear the imprint of Colombo & Company. 330 pages.

Available from the publisher as a print book or from Amazon Kindle as an ebook.

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Latest publication

uncommonplaces350My latest publication is Uncommonplaces: Aphorisms of John Robert Colombo. It consists more than 3,400 original aphorisms and aphoristic-style expressions. (They are arranged from Abilities to Zombies.) A separate section offers close to 300 more evocations that are devoted to men and women prominent in public life known personally to the aphorist. They range from Acorn to Zukofsky. Uncommonplaces has a striking cover designed by writer, designer, and photographer Bill Andersen. Trade paperback, full-colour covers, 6″ x 9″, 408 pages. ISBN 978-1-894-540-73-5. Colombo & Company, $50.00 + postage and handling. Also available as an Amazon Kindle e-book edition.

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