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National Poetry Month kicks off today! The League of Canadian Poets has announced its awards shortlists (which include Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps) and its winners (one of whom is our very own bill bissett!); the Council of Arts for Ottawa has nominated Talon poet rob mclennan for its Mid-Career Artist Award; and the B.C. Book Prizes have included The Place of Scraps on their shortlist for the Dorothy Livesay Award. Evidently the celebration of poetry is well under way!
Talon, too, has good poetry-related things in store this month: pre-order Corked, Downverse, From the Poplars, or Thrum today; they are due to arrive from the presses over the next few weeks. Later this month, catch all four of our Spring 2014 poets – Cecily Nicholson, Nikki Reimer, Natalie Simpson, and Catriona Strang – who will launch their new books in Calgary on April 28 (at the Palomino Smokehouse) and in Vancouver on April 30 (at Pyatt Hall). The wonderful M.A.C. Farrant will also be at these launches, reading from her new book of miniatures, The World Afloat.
Give the word, and disperse early
and displace often. Let gaps fly
… and breathe,
and be something more than
the immediate, repetitious sample.
Happy Poetry Month!
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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