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Myna Wallin reading at the Plasticine Poetry Series this Sunday

By Tightrope Books | April 13th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Myna WallinMyna Wallin will be reading at the Plasticine Poetry Series this Sunday, April 17th, 2011.

The event begins at 6 pm at The Central, located at 603 Markham Street in Toronto.

Myna Wallin is a poet, prose writer & editor living in Toronto. She has published A Thousand Profane Pieces and Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, both with Tightrope Books. Her career is taking a sexy turn with a presenter’s gig at The Sixth Annual Feminist Porn Awards this month, and a position teaching erotic writing at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies next fall. Myna’s novel was reviewed recently in the Globe as a “an admirable act of bravery.”

Tonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone

By Nico | April 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Contrary, by Ruth Roach PiersonTonight at the Art Bar, readings by Ruth Roach Pierson and Jim Johnstone.

Jim Johnstone is the author of three collections of poetry: Patternicity (Nightwood Editions, 2010), The Velocity of Escape (Guernica Editions, 2008), and Sunday, the locusts (Tightrope Books, 2011)

Ruth Roach Pierson has published three books of poems: Where No Window Was (BuschekBooks, 2002); Aide-Mémoire (BuschekBooks, 2007), named a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry; and Contrary (Tightrope Books, 2011).

The Art Bar Poetry Series takes place at Clinton’s, located at 693 Bloor Street West in Toronto, and begins at 8 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Canada Reads Poetry

By Nico | April 12th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

CBC‘s Canada Reads has expanded its scope with a new series called Canada Reads Poetry.

The panellists include Sonnet L’Abbé, Anne Simpson, George Murray, Susan Musgrave and Jacob McArthur Mooney, each defending a collection of poetry.

From the Afterward:

The debate will culminate with a live online chat (exact time and date TBD) hosted by both the CBC and the National Post. The public will then crown the champion in an online vote, which will close on Tuesday, April 26 at midnight ET.

For more see the Canada Reads website.

Bonus: Sonnet L’Abbé’s poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2009, and 2010.

April is National Poetry Month

By Nico | April 8th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

April is National Poetry Month here in Canada, and in the United States (Great Britain celebrates its poets in October).

Canada Arts Connect Magazine has rounded up a selection of “random acts of poetry”, and includes a line from an interlude found in Daniel Scott Tysdal’s The Mourner’s Book of Albums.

If you’re so inclined, check out some of the poetry collections and anthologies we’ve published, including our ever popular Best Canadian Poetry series. We also have a vibrant Best Canadian Poetry blog.

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.”

–Charles Baudelaire

Ian Burgham on poetry in the digital world

By Nico | April 7th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

The Grammar of Distance, by Ian BurghamIan Burgham shares his thoughts on the role poetry will play in the digital world with The Toronto Quarterly.

When you asked me what role I saw poetry playing in a digital world I was hit with a number of responses. The first was that perhaps poetry plays no role whatsoever in the world. It is famously said that “it makes nothing happen” and therefore has no action associated with it. I agree with that. I for one do not set out to change the world because I believe that the world, and if we mean by that “the human condition and human behaviour”, is ever unchanging. I am not out to save the world and poetry is not written to do save it either. Poetry is simply the imagination at work on experience to produce an artifact (by exacting craft) of truth and beauty – it is the expression of nothing so it does not set out with any agenda but to be itself.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

Ian Burgham has published two poetry collections with Tightrope Books, The Stone Skippers and The Grammar of Distance.