On one particular journey up the Amazon, Woodcock encountered a pod of pink dolphins (as well as learning the local legends and lore surrounding same: The dolphins, according to the inhabitants, actually represent the reincarnated souls of recently departed loved ones). Still alive to the memories of his deeply missed mother, Woodcock took comfort and solace in the stories which inspired this simply stunning poem...Read the full commentary and Woodcock's poem here.
Thursday 30 April 2009
Saturday 25 April 2009
by Patrick Woodcock
Book Launch Details
Tuesday, May 12, 2009,
268 Augusta Avenue
Friday 24 April 2009
PS. You can visit Koko online at The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org.
Monday 13 April 2009
Be sure to check out the other poets in this program as well, including Griffin Prize nominees Kevin Connolly and Jeramy Dodds among many others.
Saturday 11 April 2009
Crabwise to the Hounds, by Jeramy Dodds, Coach House, 70 pages, $16.95
...his poems resonate physically with cunningly crafted language while they successfully amuse the intellect. He balances form, content, entertainment and ingenuity without giving any indication that any ingredient is more or less important than the others.
Revolver, by Kevin Connolly, Anansi, 82 pages, $18.95
What astounds the reader is the virtuosity with which Connolly wields all the poetic tools at his disposal. And this artistic multiplicity is not some elaborate masquerade. Connolly isn't pretending to be 45 different kinds of poet. Here, he is 45 different kinds of poet, and each is the authentic Kevin Connolly.
The Sentinel, by A.F. Moritz, Anansi, 88 pages, $18.95
There is something reassuring in art of this calibre; it reminds us how things matter. Moritz's voice is unmistakable. His readers, his admiring peers and his reviewers have long felt this, but it has become so obvious that it must finally be said: A.F. Moritz is one of the true master poets of his generation.
Read the entire review here.
Tuesday 7 April 2009
House of Anansi Press
Crabwise to the Hounds
Coach House Books
A. F. Moritz
House of Anansi Press
The International Shortlist
The Lost Leader
Faber and Faber
Life on Earth
Rising, Falling, Hovering
C. D. Wright
Copper Canyon Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
I really believe this might be the one of the strongest overall shortlists in the history of the prize. I don't have a beef with any of the inclusions. The readings are going to be great!
Here are my predictions:
Canadian: A.F. Moritz
International: C.D. Wright
Friday 3 April 2009
The rest is here.
Can you remember the first poem you ever wrote? What was it about?
Don't recall the first poem I ever wrote, but the first I ever sent out for publication went like this: "If you double a bubble / you'd have two bubbles / but this information isn't worth / a pile of rubble." I was about 10 years old. It got rejected.
Keep checking back. They're doing another one each day. George Murray, Anne Simpson, Zach Wells, and Carolyn Smart so far. Click here for the default page.
Wednesday 1 April 2009
The list of poets Julie Wilson has brought together for this project is both diverse and impressive, and the poems of course are marvellous. Listen to Karen Solie's "Tractor" or Nick Thran's "The Age of the Pineapple" or Gil Adamson's "Finally" and you'll see what I mean.
And Bravo to Julie to bringing it all together.