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Posted: Thursday April 30, 2015
Poetry Month 2015 Wrap-Up

Celebrate the last day of National Poetry Month with us! In case you missed anything this past month, we’ve gathered here all the best Talon-related stuff from National Poetry Month 2015 – poems, reviews, photos from events, poetic advice for your love life, and podcasts.


Above: all of Talon’s Spring 2015 poetry titles. L–R: The Hatch by Colin Browne, Get Me Out of Here by Sachiko Murakami, Un/inhabited by Jordan Abel, Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei, page as bone – ink as blood by Jónína Kirton, and I, Bartleby by Meredith Quartermain


Read Poems

On our blog, Meta-Talon (which you are reading right now – whoah, so meta), we published a number of poems from newly published poetry books. Read a poem from Get Me Out of Here by Sachiko Murakami. Also read “dear new-age self” from page as bone – ink as blood and “All Aboard!” from Limbinal by Oana Avasilichioaei. And on #ThrowbackThursday we enjoyed a poem from bill bissett’s 2010 book, time.

There are plenty of other places to read poems online as well! The Envoi Poetry Festival website published the poems “follow the plot to the ideal candidate” by Nikki Reimer and “Is Your Existential Crisis Over Yet, I Want to Go to the Beach?” by Daniel Zomparelli. (Reimer also commented on why poetry matters for the Calgary Public Library’s celebration of Poetry Month.)

Selections from From the Poplars were just published on Lemon Hound (and a wonderful interview with Nicholson was published this month in Room magazine). Don’t miss either!

Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli set the wheels of publicity in motion for their next, co-authored book, Rom Com (coming this fall!) – heck, Dina even dressed to match Get Me Out of Here; see her second “Dress Like a Poetry Book for Poetry Month” photo here. In addition to starting a love advice blog, Del Bucchia and Zomparelli published two poems from the manuscript: the title poem, “Rom Com”, in Matrix magazine and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in Plentitude magazine. Also hear Daniel Zomparelli talk about & read from Rom Com on the CBC NXNW Podcast from April 11 (at minute 45:30).

Dina and Daniel also interviewed Sachiko Murakami in their CanLit podcast, Can’t Lit (episode #16 – listen online!).


Read Reviews

Talon titles were featured as books of the week by Montreal’s Librairie Drawn & Quarterly throughout April: Jordan Abel’s Un/inhabited on April 2, Oana Avasilichioaei’s Limbinal on April 9, and Jónína Kirton’s page as bone – ink as blood on April 16.

Phyllis Webb’s collected works, published last fall as Peacock Blue, were hailed by the Malahat Review as “the literary event of the year” – and we agree completely!

Surely, Peacock Blue is the literary event of the year. Reading this life-in-words, it is obvious that Al Purdy is not now our reigning voice – Phyllis Webb is. She has engendered her full scope – by silences – by retreats – unto a woman’s lyric authority.

Read the review by Phil Hall online or in the Spring 2015 issue (#190).

Janet Rogers’s latest collection, Peace in Duress, was reviewed in Muskrat magazine and in a new academic journal with a Native American and First Nations focus, Transmotion (read our highlights here).

Catriona Strang’s Corked was also reviewed on the blog websit.


Remember Events

In April, Talon poets participated in poetry readings all across the continent, from Los Angeles to Toronto to Vancouver. Oana Avasilichioaei, Jónína Kirton, Nikki Reimer, Catriona Strang, Jordan Abel, Mariner Janes, and Phinder Dulai were among them.

The ides of Poetry Month were celebrated on Saltspring Island, BC, with a reading by Phyllis Webb and Brian Brett at the public library on April 15. Webb received a standing ovation from a packed house – more than 60 people attended this small event. See photos and read a poem written by local poet Lorraine Gane in honour of that event.

On April 23, Talonbooks celebrated six excellent new books of poetry at the Talonbooks Spring 2015 Poetry Launch with an audience of about 110 people at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver’s downtown School of Music. See our re-cap and photos here.

Hot on the heels of the Vancouver launch came the Toronto launch, which took place this past Tuesday night! Sachiko Murakami, Colin Browne, Meredith Quartermain, Oana Avasilichioaei, and Brian Henderson read from their latest books. About 60 people were in attendance; the audience was very attentive, and the readings went swimmingly.

And then, on April 25, came the icing on the cake: Cecily Nicholson’s latest book, From the Poplars, won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize was awarded at the B.C. Book Prizes gala on Saturday evening, April 25. What a perfect way to end the month!

Finally, for your convenient reference, here is a list of all Talon poetry titles published to date. You can also find our books in your local indie bookstore; in Vancouver, try the Paper Hound or Horses Records, which this month added a Talon poetry shelf.

Well, it’s been the best kind of whirlwind, and we hope you enjoyed Poetry Month as much as we did! We’ll be back at it again next year.