Sunday, September 11, 2011

Planet Earth Poetry for the Month of September 2011

September 16

Come with cash in hand and a poem by a favourite poet (other than yourself) for our annual Doctors without Borders fundraiser. This is an all open mic night where we begin the season by filling The Moka House with the poems of beloved writers. We will have a book cart where every book is $5 and all money goes to Doctors Without Borders http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Come to hear a couple of HUGE announcements too as we enter our 6th year at The Moka House (formerly The Black Stilt) 1633 Hillside Ave, 7:30, $3

September 23

Governor General’s Award winning author Pamela Porter launches “I’ll be Watching”

In a small prairie town like Argue, Saskatchewan, everyone knows everybody else's business. Everyone knows that the Loney family has been barely hanging on -- the father, George, reduced to drink and despair since the loss of his farm and the death of his wife, Margaret…

Pamela Porter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and emigrated to Canada with her husband, the fourth generation of a farm family in southeastern Saskatchewan, the backdrop for much of Pamela's work. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Her first novel in verse, The Crazy Man, received the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Governor General's Award, as well as several children's choice awards. It was also named a Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book and won the Texas Institute of Letters, Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book. Pamela lives near Sidney, British Columbia, with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs and cats.

September 30 Susan McCaslin and Julia McCarthy

Susan McCaslin reads from “Demeter Goes Skydiving”

What if Demeter, the timeless fertility goddess of ancient Greek myth, slipped through a crack into the twenty-first century, shook off her ankle bracelets, corn tassels, and garlands, and began a tour of our improbable culture? Award-winning poet Susan McCaslin exercises the profound mother-daughter trauma forged in the Demeter-Persephone myth with unapologetic modernity. This sequence takes on a novel life all its own: Hades steals away the maiden into a cult/culture of distorted body image, addiction, high anxiety, and rampant consumerism. Mother Demeter must negotiate this alien world of health clubs, paparazzi, and so-called reality shows locked in spiritual winter. McCaslin's lyrics are by turns profound, hilarious, and devastating as she journeys to the heart of a mother's love for her daughter. Here is poetry that seeks ties to the past inside the present, poetry that speaks to us all.

Planet Earth Poetry thanks The League of Canadian Poets for supporting our series in bringing Susan McCaslin.






Julia McCarthy reads from “Return from Erebus”

Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto. She spent ten years living in the United States, most notably Alaska and Georgia. She has also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa. Her previous collection of poetry, Stormthrower, was published by Wolsak and Wynn in 2002. She now resides in Nova Scotia where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
won the CCA Poetry Award and a finalist in the ReLit Award for poetry.

Planet Earth Poetry thanks The Canada Council for the Arts for supporting our series in bringing Julia McCarthy.

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