12th Annual Poetry Gala 2015 – Saturday April 9th – 1 – 4pm
Richmond Hill Public Library
(SW corner of Major McKenzie and Yonge St.) / Free Admission, Refreshments, & Book Signing
Celebrate National Poetry Month when the Richmond Hill Public Library joins libraries across Canada in celebration of poetry and its vital place in Canadian culture. Hosted by Barry Dempster. Poets include:
You can love a man
more than he’ll ever love back or be able to, you can confuse
your understanding of that
with a thing like acceptance or,
worse, all you’ve ever deserved.
Russell Smith had some great things to say about art in general, and about Vermeersch’s “Sunrise with Seamonsters” site, which he had asked me to contribute to.
Paul Vermeersch is curating an online poetry project with this Turner painting, Sunrise with Sea Monsters, as the inspiration for all the posts. I wrote something new and it’s over there.
The excellent poet Blair Trewartha, author of the book Easy Fix, is poet-in-residence at Open Book Toronto for December 2015. He’s doing some superb writing over there, including this candid and valuable essay about what it’s like when your first book comes out.
QWERTY was kind enough to take 2 new poems of mine, called “I’ve left nothing inside on purpose,” and “The Perseids.” They also just announced they’re putting these two poems forward as Pushcart Prize nominations. A long-shot, but it still stokes!