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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.

Art or War, by Viktor Mitic

By Tightrope Books | February 15th, 2011 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Art or War, by Viktor MiticArt or War consists of many famous works and art featuring portraits of celebrities and iconic religious figures outlined in bullet holes. Viktor Mitic was shocked by recent incidences of defacement of sacred workds such as the destruction of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Talinan and decided to use the destructive power of the gun to instead create art and to counter the destruction normally caused by the tool.

“Although the process is very loud, there is a sense of peace after the smoke is gone.” – Viktor Mitic

Viktor Mitic’s paintings shimmer and move. They look back at you. They hunt you down…

Eleven of the paintings presented in Art or War are accompanied by prose or poetry by a distinguished Canadian author: Erika Ritter, George Elliott Clarke, George Fetherling, Katherine Govier, Catherine Bush, Susan Musgrave, Gary Michael Dault, Barry Dempster, Jim Nason, and Goran Simic. These writers’ creative responses provide an illuminating counterpoint to Mitic’s inspiring and challenging work.

To find out more about Viktor Mitic’s Art or War please go to the Tightrope Books catalogue.