Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Laureate City was magical

...and already feels like something I just imagined. Thanks again to everyone. Here's what I posted on the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Facebook page:

I'm back from Laureate City and wow! What a dream to read at the beautiful National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts in Ottawa and to be among so many wonderful poets. All the readings were amazing! And so was the audience. Thank you to Arc Poetry Magazine, VERSeOttawa and l’association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario francais, the organizers of Laureate City, for bringing us together in your great city and for making me feel so welcome. Ottawa is awesome.

I wrote a couple of poems to open my reading on Friday night. Here's one:

Sonnet for Laureate City (2)

So. On Monday it snowed and I thought whoa
what am I going to say in Ottawa
that’s worthy of recording? I could go
on about the fireball people saw

burning through the dark over Saskatchewan
last Friday, but that mystery was solved
before this week began. I guess for fun
I could claim, like space junk, I too revolve

around something much larger, simply caught
in an orbit not my own. I could claim
I fell into this fine atmosphere. What
old rocket body wouldn’t do the same?

Poets propel resupply missions then
re-enter. I think. I feel. The friction.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

My (small press) writing day

...is a wonderful series on the writing life. Big thank you to Rob McLennan for publishing my piece. This is how the link looked in my feed this morning. 

You can read the piece here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English

...was published this fall and it's my pleasure to point to the Saskatchewan elements of this anthology. Included are poems by Saskatchewan poets Dave Margoshes, Medrie Purdham, and me, as well as poems by a number of poets born and raised in Saskatchewan and those who went to university in Saskatchewan. I know this because in the poets' biographies found at the back of this anthology, Saskatchewan and places herein are named.

In addition to poems, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry in English contains great essays by the editors and fascinating and valuable commentary by the poets themselves on their poems.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Laureate City in Ottawa, December 1-2

Laureates from across the country will gather at the beautiful National Arts Centre in Ottawa on December 1 and 2 to read and present at a number of events. I'll be reading on Friday December 1, 7 pm. Ottawa has a great writing community and I know and admire the work of many poets living in and around the city. I look forward to meeting everyone! Thank you so much to the organizers for inviting me.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The new Matrix titled

..."Haiku and Beyond: The Gendai Issue" arrived in the mail today. I'm so happy my work is included. Thank you to the editors Mary Di Michele and Susan Gillis. Both their independent work and their work as members of Yoko's Dogs is why I submitted work for consideration for this special issue. 

As I stated elsewhere, I seem to be wandering off in new-to-me directions and wanted to test my footing or see a trusted sign or something. After I took this pic, I sat down with the work. The editors begin their introduction by saying "Haiku has never not renewed itself." The work collected here demonstrates that fact in exciting ways. I'll take this as a sign and keep going.