...was Calling Texas, a collection of poems by Bert Almon. I'm delighted!
In a recent post I mentioned I brought home a number of books, including A Ghost in Waterloo Station, the latest by Bert Almon. One of the many perks of going to the winter colony at St. Peter's Abbey is that St. Peter's College usually hosts a reading from its Canada Council for the Arts series at that time. This year we enjoyed readings by Bert Almon and Olga Costopoulos. The readings are always held in the college library. Rhona has some photos of the event at the end of this post on her blog. Behind Bert Almon in the first of Rhona's photos is the Anne Szumigalski Collection, a collection of books that I've spent much time with. To the right of the collection, just beyond the photo, is a watercolour portrait of Anne Szumigalski, the renowned poet and community builder. I always find it moving to sit at a reading there and see her smiling at us. Anyway, it's great to add this book to my collection. In return, I'll slip a copy of my last book in the envelope and mail it off to him tomorrow.
Also in the mail was this postcard from my pop culture mentor.
I love it when she sends me postcards. As usual, I experienced a moment of confusion before the light came on. Well, the light came on thanks to the little nudge she gave me on the other side. Sometimes I require more than nudges. The suicidal bunnies, for example, required much time and explanation. I just didn't get them.
Yes, that's chocolate on the plate in the bottom right corner. Two squares of Lindt.