I'm working away on the final edits of my new poetry manuscript due out in the Fall of 2011 with Guernica Editions. I don't even remember writing some of these pieces, but they seem good!! If you want to hear some of these poems, together with some new work from Dark Star Requiem, you can catch me at some of these upcoming performances:
Saturday, July 31st 11am and 1pm
- as part of James Cockburn Day
(and one of my PL duties - with perhaps a new poem!)
Sitting in the airport at Halifax waiting for my Porter flight back to Toronto after a very successful Free Verse and Poets Laureate gathering organised by Shauntay Grant, Halifax's PL. Ten of us talked about the challenges and opportunities of being a PL, engaged in workshops and discussions for the public and performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival's Words + Music. A big shout out to Shauntay for all her hard work n putting it all together!
Here I am at the edge of the Atlantic with a cool sea fog drifting over the city of Halifax. Dropped in on Porter Airlines - gotta love the service and the stewardesses uniforms - very retro!
I'm here thanks to the good folks of the Cobourg Poetry Workshop who rallied together and sent cash support to underwrite my trip and make sure Cobourg and its poet laureate are represented here at the poet laureate pow wow! If you're here in Halifax or its environs do stop by our performances and workshops starting tomorrow at 9 pm at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street : PLs Linda Rogers (Victoria), Hugh MacDonald )PEI), Pierre DesRuisseaux (Canada) and Ann Margetson (Spring Pulse Poetry Festival) and of course, the organiser of the whole kit and kaboodle - Shauntay Grant who is the PL of the fine city of Halifax.
I am an internationally published poet, poetry activist and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Cobourg, Ontario. I was responsible for creating some of Canada's most innovative poetry events including Word Up on MuchMusic which spawned a CD with Virgin Records and an anthology with Key Porter.
My first book, Hard Candy, was received to great acclaim and nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. I have written several plays and solo works, including How I learned to live with obsession as well as Ecce Homo and Hard Candy – enhanced monologues for dance and voice. I wrote the libretti for two short operas, Netsuke and Ashlike on the Cradle of the Wind, produced by Tapestry New Opera Works, and produced an electro acoustic sound art project, LinguaElastic, as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places series. Dark Star Requiem, for which I wrote the libretto, premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in June 2010. My third book of poems, Dark Star Requiem, was recently published by Folded & Gathered Press. The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude, my fourth collection was published in the Fall by Guernica.