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On Saturday night I launched my new Sky of Ink chapbook, A Private Collection, a series of ekphrastic poems inspired by works of art in my home. Appropriately enough, it was a private launch in my home. About 25 people were present, including a number of artists (some of whom are featured in the chapbook) and writer friends. We all had a wonderful time.
So what’s up now? While my latest manuscript seeks publication, I’m in an in-between state. A new creative project: a series of ekphrastic poems on paintings and sculptures in my house. So far, in the last couple of weeks, I’ve done five, including a homage to a dead friend, a surrealist cat, a humanesque figure made of paint squiggles. Most of these are works that I’ve lived with for years, done by friends. The only two artists that are at all well known are Barbara Sala and Nathalie Trépanier. Many are abstract. Some I doubt really work without viewing the works they are inspired by. If I do enough of these, and I’m really happy with them, I’ll publish them with photos of the works on line and eventually, in a rather pricey limited edition chapbook. A beautiful, if rather personal, project.
Because I like the formatting better on my old blog, Out of the Woodwork, I’ve decided to reopen it — for quotes, poems by myself and others, musings, critical forays, etc. This page here will be reserved for announcements and mementoes of events, publications, videos, etc., newsy things that get easily pushed out of sight on an active blog.
The event, held at Le Depanneur Cafe, was a highly enjoyable success. Eve Krakow and Jeff Miller read their contributions, and I mc’d and read my poem included in the anthology, as well as others. Thanks to Naomi Lewis and Rona Altrows at U. of A. Press, Le Depanneur Cafe, all who came out on this rainy evening to make it a wonderful event!
I just received a copy of Shy: An Anthology, published by The University of Alberta Press. It’s a beautiful book — I love the cover — and one of my poems happens to be inside. It’s a very personal confession called “Women Friends” that I was too shy to publish for over 25 years! It’s good to see it finally find a print home.
There’s good stuff in here: poems by Don McKay, Steven Heighton, Lorna Crozier, Wayman Chan, Bruce Meyer, and others. Prose by Aritha Van Herk, Sydney Sharpe, Russel Wangersky, et al.
The Montreal launch will be taking place on Nov. 11 at 7pm, at The Depanneur Cafe, 208 rue Bernard Ouest. I’ll be reading selections of the anthology along with fellow Montreal contributors Jeff Miller and Eve Krakow.
She’ll be taking part in a reading of all the QWF awards finalists on November 6, 6 pm at Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal. The winners will be announced at the QWF Awards Gala on Nov. 19. Details & ticket info are to be found at qwf.org.
Needless to say, we’ve been celebrating all day.
Dec. 10: Visual Arts Centre reading, Montreal
Nov. 11 Launch of Shy Anthology, Depanneur Cafe, Montreal
October 8: Yellow Door reading, Montreal
Sept. 10: Launch of Language Matters: Interview with 22 Quebec Poets, Bain St-Michel, Montreal
March 12: Visual Arts Centre reading, Montreal