This year, in keeping with the theme and my request for edible flowers, Bushwakker’s pastry chef once again brought the magic out and created a limited edition poetry dessert for the occasion: Orange Blossom Chocolate Cheesecake garnished with nasturtium and viola. It was divine!
Manager Grant Frew wrote a hilarious intro with alliteration galore. I delivered an occasional Johnny-Jump-Up sonnet leaping off of Li Po’s poem. I'd posted two others on Facebook prior to the event. Here they are, such as they are, on top of pics I took of this year's Johnny-Jump-Ups in my garden. Johnny-Jump-Up poems are hard to write!
Between readers, I asked edible flower trivia questions. The audience answered three with speed, but the final question was tough: Two types of edible flowers occur in the song “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.” One is clover. The other is?
There were many firsts at this event. I bought a copy of Chelsea Coupal's first book Sedley, published by Coteau Books this spring.
And I was the first person in Canada to buy Randy Lundy's new book Blackbird Song, just released from University of Regina Press.
Which means I was the fastest. In no time at all the copies were gone.
So that's a brief recap of this year's Poetry and a Pint. The laughter will be with me for a long time. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great event!