Sunday, May 22, 2005

I checked out

...the Ukrainian poetry on the Poetry International Web, a site I found via Wanda O'Connor's blog. I was looking for Oksana Zabuzhko, a poet I saw read in Saskatoon in 1998 (I think). That's when I bought a copy of A Kingdom of Fallen Statues, a book of her poems and essays. It's been quite a while since I read it and I can't remember what I thought of it, but I do remember bits about her reading, the delivery. I remember Janice Kulyk Keefer's reading as well and where she stood as she read, among others, the poems "Kyiv, 1995" and the title poem from Marrying the Sea. At least I think she read those poems. Regardless, that's what my memory tells me. Who am I to argue? I saw other readers that night as well. To make a long story somewhat shorter, I was at my first SWG conference and that was the first reading I'd ever attended.

1 comment:

Anita Daher said...

That was my first SWG conference also, Brenda! I remember Oksana, and her reading, well. I found her breakfast talk about the scourge of black market publishing in Ukraine quite interesting.