Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reading Performance by Daphne Marlatt, Robert Minden, and Carla Hallett

This is a reminder of "Like Light Off Water," a free reading/performance by Daphne Marlatt, Robert Minden and Carla Hallett on Thursday, October 29th at 8 pm in University College 224 (Conron Hall), University of Western Ontario. Reception follows.
All are welcome!
Poster attached.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Central Park by Rachel McKibbens

2010 WFNB Literary Competition DEADLINE: Postmarked by November 30, 2009

Individual poems / Short fiction / Non-Fiction

Individual Poems 100 lines maximum
Short Fiction 4000 words maximum
Non-Fiction 3000 words maximum
Entry fee: $15 WFNB members / $20 non-members
Prizes: 1st - $150, 2nd - $75, 3rd - $50

Children’s Literature

2500 words maximum
Works written for children aged 4 - 8
Entry fee: $15 WFNB members / $20 non-members
Prizes 1st - $150, 2nd - $75, 3rd -$50


4000 words maximum
Open to youth, 14-18 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2010
Entry Fee: Free for members, $5 non-members
Prizes: 1st - $100, 2nd - $50, 3rd - $25


For a collection of short stories, a short novel, or a substantial portion of a longer novel (not to exceed 30,000 words). Work must be unpublished although some individual stories may have been previously published.
Manuscript Entry Fee: $35


For poetry manuscripts not previously published, in whole or in part, in book/chapbook form (individual poems published or accepted for publication in periodicals may be included).
Length - at least 48 pages. Manuscript Entry Fee: $35

Bukowski: Poetry and Motion

Friday, October 23, 2009

Heron by Stuart Ross in Arc Poetry Magazine


“Just give me one more day,”
he says. “I will eat a tiny piece of bread,
maybe stare out the window.
Yeah, I will lie in this unmade bed,
this one more day. It’s not
like I have big plans.

“I’ll rub my chin, won’t shave.
Look how thin my fingers
have become. Just one more day
to think of her, the way
she turned to look at that heron
swooping over the water.
And then cram me into the earth.

“The way she turned
and what she wore,
and the thing she said. I don’t
remember the thing she said.”

It is Thursday.
He gazes at the ceiling,
feels the mattress against
his limbs. This is what it is like
to feel the mattress against his limbs.

He sees the crack in the ceiling
he’d meant to caulk. He sees
a crow fly by his window,
hears a car horn below.
“Just Friday,” he says.

How Poems Work Student Essay Contest: The Cogs and Wheels of Hardy Verse

Calling all students! Arc is searching for the brightest and most insightful poet minds in the country. Send us your “How Poems Work” essays and win a subscription to Arc, publication online, and mentorship with our Poet-in-Residence. The judging will be done by Arc's own 'How Poems Work' Editor, Chris Jennings
What You Do:
  • Check out the How Poems Work webzine
  • If you have a chance, pick up the Arc Poetry Annual 2009, which contains the Best of How Poems Work 2003-2008
  • Choose a Canadian Poem about which you would like to write a How Poems Work essay
  • Write a maximum 500-word essay deconstructing a published poem by a Canadian poet, including publication information regarding the poem (in case we need to seek reprint permission later)
  • In order to be eligible for consideration submissions cannot be published or be under consideration for publication.
  • Submit your entry on-line through our submission manager (please do not email your submission)
What We Do:
  • Judge the entries and select a winning essay from each province.
  • Publish each provincial winner in the How Poems Work webzine.
  • Give each provincial winner a free, one-year subscription to Arc.
  • Select a national winner to contribute two new How Poems Work essays for publication in Arc’s print magazine (for which you will be paid) and also the opportunity to participate in an online mentorship with Arc’s Poet in Residence for 2009-2010, Elise Patridge.

Sherman Alexie -- serious writer, funny guy

Nicholas Galanin

Monday, October 19, 2009

Jan Horner Reads at UWO on Tuesday November 10, 2009 in UC 224A 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Jan Horner was born in Galt, now Cambridge, Ontario, and moved to Winnipeg in 1963. Mama Dada: Songs of the Baroness’s Dog is her 3rd book of poetry. She won the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year  Award in 1989 for Recent Mistakes (Turnstone Press),  and was a finalist for same award in 1999 for her second book Elizabeth Went West (also Turnstone Press).
She has a B.A. Hon (English) and M.A. (English) from the U. of Manitoba, where she wrote a thesis was on Ursula K. LeGuin. She works as a librarian at the U. of Manitoba where she is presently Acting Associate Director, Collections,  and has an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) from the U. of Toronto. She was a member of the editorial collective of CV2 magazine (with Di Brandt, Pamela Banting & Jane Casey) from 1984-1990. She has served on the boards of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the League of Canadian Poets. She was writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario in 2001/2002 (jointly sponsored by the University of Western Ontario & the Canada Council) during which time she worked on Mama Dada.

Jan Horner Poetry Reading November 10th

Saturday, October 17, 2009

George McWhirter & Sue Sinclair: October 21, 2009

Workshop & Reading Sponsored by Poetry London
Wednesday October 21, 2009
Readings 7:30pm
Workshop 6:30pm
All Events at Fred Landon Branch Library
London Public Library
167 Wortley Road

Wed. Oct. 21, 2009
George McWhirter is Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate. McWhirter’s Catalan Poems (Oberon, 1971) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Ovid in Saskatchewan, the 1998 League of Canadian Poets’ Chapbook Competition. He was editor and principal translator of José Emilio Pacheco: Selected Poems (New Directions), which won the 1987 F.R. Scott Translation Prize. His latest poetry books are The Incorrection (Oolichan Books, 2007) and The Anachronicles (Ronsdale Press, 2008), as well as a book of translation, Los poemas solares/The Solar Poems by Homero Aridjis, coming out from City Lights in San Francisco in 2009. A Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia, he was awarded the Killam Prize for Teaching, 1998; the first UBC Killam Award for Mentoring, 2004; and the Sam Black Award for Service to Creative and Performing Arts in 2005.

Wed. Oct. 21, 2009
Sue Sinclair has published four books of poems, the latest of which is Breaker (Brick Books, 2008). Her first poetry collection, Secrets of Weather & Hope (Brick Books, 2001) was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award, and her second, Mortal Arguments (Brick Books, 2003), was a finalist for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. The Drunken Lovely Bird (Goose Lane, 2005) was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and winner of the American Independent Publishers Association Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, Grain, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, and in anthologies such as Coastlines and Breathing Fire II. Sue is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Poetry is Dead Magazine

New poetry journal looking for submissions.

Poetry Is Dead Magazine is looking for submissions for its premier issue. We are looking for Canadian poets with a style for the current, relevant, topical, political, smart, hilarious and brilliant. Exactly in that order. Please submit by following the guidelines on the "About" page.

CHRW Gathering Voices

London poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp presents her eclectic literary show of readings, interviews and writing practices, Gathering Voices. Penn is the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley / Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at Western for 2009-10.  If you're in the London area, come visit with your writing.  For more information, contact the Secretary of the English Department at 519-661-3403,
See also the Writer-in-Residence website

Pretty by Stevie Smith


by Stevie Smith
Why is the word pretty so underrated?
In November the leaf is pretty when it falls
The stream grows deep in the woods after rain
And in the pretty pool the pike stalks

He stalks his prey, and this is pretty too,
The prey escapes with an underwater flash
But not for long, the great fish has him now
The pike is a fish who always has his prey

And this is pretty. The water rat is pretty
His paws are not webbed, he cannot shut his nostrils
As the otter can and the beaver, he is torn between
The land and water. Not ‘torn’, he does not mind.

The owl hunts in the evening and it is pretty
The lake water below him rustles with ice
There is frost coming from the ground, in the air mist
All this is pretty, it could not be prettier.

Yes, it could always be prettier, the eye abashes
It is becoming an eye that cannot see enough,
Out of the wood the eye climbs. This is prettier
A field in the evening, tilting up.

The field tilts to the sky. Though it is late
The sky is lighter than the hill field
All this looks easy but really it is extraordinary
Well, it is extraordinary to be so pretty.

And it is careless, and that is always pretty
This field, this owl, this pike, this pool are careless,
As Nature is always careless and indifferent
Who sees, who steps, means nothing, and this is pretty.

So a person can come along like a thief—pretty!—
Stealing a look, pinching the sound and feel,
Lick the icicle broken from the bank
And still say nothing at all, only cry pretty.

Cry pretty, pretty, pretty and you’ll be able
Very soon not even to cry pretty
And so be delivered entirely from humanity
This is prettiest of all, it is very pretty.

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