Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Curious links for March 2015

A few events to steer us out of February's greys...
1) March 5th is a bountiful day for readings in the golden horseshoe. Hamilton Poetry Centre presents Karen Connelly and Mark Kempf at Bryan Prince Bookseller (details here). In Toronto, Livewords hosts the impressive line-up of Julie Joosten, Wanda Praamsma, Adam Sol and David B. Goldstein at their new venue (details here). The Echolocation Reading Series is also slated to feature Helen Guri, Stevie Howell and Nyla Matuk (details here). 

2) The Broken Pencil DeathMatch has reached its epic climax, as Talita Valle’s “My Life as the Reincarnation of Dorothy Parker” faces off against Nikola Jajic ’s “The Boogeyman”. Whether you’re interested in the stories or controversial reader comments, take some time to read and then vote for your favourite (once per hour, if passions insist) before all tallies are counted March 8th. 

3) VERSeFEST is back in Ottawa and wielding a mammoth schedule from March 24 - 30th. This poetry and spoken word roster is one-of-a-kind and features, among others: Anne Compton, Gary Geddes, bill bissett, Claire Caldwell, Amanda Earl, JC Bouchard, Lorna Crozier, Paul Vermeersch, and, well, I have to stop at some point. Check out the full schedule and order your passes for what promises to be an incredible week of poetry. 

4) You have a few extra days to prep your manuscript for the inaugural 2015 Metatron Prize. The Montreal-based publisher is offering a publication deal as well as past titles and a cash prize. The new deadline is Friday, March 6th — so get on it!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Rogue Poem: "Cagedly"


Cagedly I mime
for the tulips
glass walls

to cushion their bows
but they slope
at every angle
and I snip
diagonal —
heel by calf,
knee-cap to neck;

a bowl of spring-bulbs
out of ideas
on the Rideau.

Captured I thought
you’d stand tall 
beside me, not
excuse yourself
from negotiations
so boldly that nature
be blamed for its wilting. 

"Cagedly" was written for and published in the first issue of Nickel95, a zine out of London, ON, back in 2013. A one-off poem I'd nearly forgotten about. Spring's coming.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New reviews in The Puritan Issue 28

Issue 28 of The Puritan hit the web this morning and features its usual mix of new writing, criticism and conversation. You'll want to check out the Table of Contents for the full smorgasbord but I'm particularly excited to read E Martin Nolan's chat with Donato Mancini, the latter of whom's reading at Lit Live last fall impressed me so, Julienne Isaac's interview with Joan Thomas (a title like "The Texture of a Life" is sure to reel me in), and of course poetry by authors who are unfamiliar to me despite their impressive bios. Lots of first impressions to be had. Oh, and if your eyes are sore after a long day, why not take a listen to many of this issue's MP3 options instead? 

This winter issue also includes my dual review "Shaking the Past Awake", which takes a deep read of Gillian Sze's Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press, 2014) and Sandy Pool's Undark: An Oratorio (Nightwood Editions, 2012).