A review by yours truly online

My review of un renard roux/a red fox by Maxianne Berger and La voix de l’ombre by Annie Molin Vasseur is now online with Rover.

These two small poetry books, both bilingual editions, carry far greater impact than their diminutive size might suggest.
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A Private Collection

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.
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What’s New?

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.


Update

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.


MONTREAL LAUNCH OF SHY: AN ANTHOLOGY

2013 Nov 11 004 IMG_1200 IMG_1202 IMG_1199 IMG_1198 IMG_1197 IMG_1196 2013 Nov 11 041 2013 Nov 11 040 2013 Nov 11 038 2013 Nov 11 036 2013 Nov 11 035 2013 Nov 11 027 2013 Nov 11 022 2013 Nov 11 008  2013 Nov 11 006  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!


Shy Launch update

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The Montreal launch of Shy: An Anthology will be taking place on Nov. 11, 7pm at Le Depanneur Cafe. Feel free to click on the image to see it larger…


A heart-felt endorsement…

shy anthologyWrote Eve Krakow, one of the contributors to the Shy Anthology, to its editors (and she gave me permission to quote this), “…I too have been reading through the anthology and I’m amazed at how much I recognize myself in these stories and poems. It is something of a revelation. Maybe I’ve read stories with this character type before, but it’s quite different to have a whole book of them. Wow. Thanks for putting this together!”
You couldn’t imagine a more heart-felt endorsement than that.  Eve, Jeff Miller and I are organizing the anthology’s Montreal launch on Nov.  11 (this comment of hers was part of our five-way correspondence.)
Details of the launch in the post below.

Shy: An Anthology

shy anthologyI 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.


Jocelyne Dubois’ World of Glass a finalist for the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

WorldOfGlass_Nov12-220x356My wife Jocelyne Dubois’s novel, World of Glass, is one of the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

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.


Brian reading “Passport”, from Passenger Flight

Here’s me, reading a prose poem from Passenger Flight at The Art Bar in Toronto in 2009.