Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Is it possible that I'm still re-grouping from a mere 4 days in Saskatchewan, five days later now...All those things that need arranging ahead of time, and then coming back to a full inbox, a rather large to-do list, and well, all the usual. I feel like I haven't written forever, and now it's spring break, which makes that difficult to squeeze in as well. I loved St. Peter's, the college, and was inspired by all the great readings, especially the one given by Tim Lilburn. It was wonderful to re-connect with beloved friends, and to make new ones. But I'm a serious homebody and was also reminded how difficult it is to throw these sorts of trips into a life that is already (always) precariously balanced.
I was delighted to see the desk in my room at the Abbey. It reminded me of this, for one thing.
Anyone who has been out to St. Peter's falls in love with this double hedge around the graveyard.
What a cool bookstore - Between the Pages in Humboldt, where I read from Calm Things. One of the warmest and friendliest crowds I've ever had to a reading.
The Society (available at the college bookstore) is a beautifully produced magazine, whose contributors this issue include: Bert Almon, kimmy beach, Dennis Cooley, Myrna Kostash, Robert Kroetsch, Tim Lilburn, Dave Margoshes, Susan Musgrave, Joe Rosenblatt, Allan Safarik. There is an abundace of visual art sprinkled throughout which makes for some very interesting juxtapositions. My own contribution is titled, "Do Not Overdo the Bag," taken from the play by Beckett, Happy Days. At some point I'll post that piece here - it's my take on the Capacious Project, as you may have guessed.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I'm heading to Saskatchewan tomorrow for the Pelican Bay Arts Collective's Annual Poetry and Literary Festival. More details, here. I'm particularly looking forward to the launch of The Society at St. Peter's College, and hearing Tim Lilburn read. I'll be reading from my contribution to The Society, which is titled, "Do Not Overdo the Bag" - a line taken from Beckett's play, Happy Days. I'll also be reading from Calm Things at Between the Pages in Humboldt, along with a poem or two from my forthcoming book, Red Velvet Forest.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But this, too, is imprecise.
And maybe why I have the craving to have my own, working, typewriter. (The carriage on the one below needs repair). I want to hear the sound of the key flying up, rising to meet the page, and that satisfying moment when it connects.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I also indulged in a wee replica of one of the lions from the NY Public Library. Is this Patience or Fortitude? I need both....
Work. Keep digging your well.
Don't think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on the door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who's there.
And last, but not least, a snapshot of a beautiful book of essays, that have only lately fallen into my hands. I've long been a fan of Roo Borson's work, but only recently found out that she had a book of essays out with Pedlar Press. The book itself is gorgeous and I'm in love with the quotation on the back cover. (So refreshing - a blurbless book!)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I've also posted the above video on the new Keiskamma Canada blog. I've volunteered to set up and maintain the blog for Keiskamma Canada. My friend Annette Woudstra moved to South Africa with her family last year to work for the Keiskamma Trust. The art project, as you can see in the video, does some amazing work, providing people in the community with jobs which are otherwise incredibly scarce. I've written about the wonderful bag that Annette gave me that was made in the project, and also interviewed Annette as well before she left for South Africa.
Keep an eye on the Keiskamma Canada Blog if you're interested in buying one of the wonderful bags or pillow covers that are made in the project. I'll be showcasing one or two a month and will open the comments for bidding. (Not unlike what Joyce, at Bags for Darfur does).