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Good Morning Sun of My Land

Good morning sun of my land
how good it feels to be alive today
so much light
so much light around me
Good morning empty exercise yard
you have become familiar to me
I cross you with a lively step
and you suit me like an elegant shoe
Good morning ponderous and philosophical oxpecker
perched up there
on the wall that hides the world from me
poking at your ribcage
with distracted little movements
Good morning sparse grass in the alley
quivering in opalescent flurries
at the wind’s teasing touch
Good morning great lone palm
erect on your cross-grained trunk
blooming at your peak
like a glorious tulip
Good morning sun of my land
tide of presence abolishing exile
So much light
so much light around me

***

I have a thousand reasons to live
to vanquish day-to-day death
the joy of loving you
and walking in step with hope

***

Liveforever

‘Where is Abraham buried?’ you ask. Well, in the Kabbalah, God has a terrible time getting Abraham to agree to die. In the Zohar, where Abraham is initiate and David calls God by the name ‘Midnight,’ the splendour is woven in the energies of the Hebrew alphabet, a creation in language that is never still. Now, looking at the three religions of Abraham – Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim – I would say that Abraham, though very much changed since 1700 BCE, is not dead. There’s only so much that a post-Catholic, polytheist exodic can say just now.

for Samuel Truitt
August 1996

StAnza Poetry Festival

Title: StAnza Poetry Festival

Start Date: March 7, 2018
End Date: March 11, 2018

Location: St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Description: StAnza’s mission is to celebrate poetry, to bring poetry to audiences and to enable encounters with poetry. The organisation works all year round to deliver poetry events and projects in Scotland and beyond.

StAnza’s main focus is its annual festival in St Andrews each spring. Now recognised as one of the leading poetry festivals in the UK and Europe, StAnza has over the years featured a strong list of contemporary poets from within Scotland and also from across the UK and the rest of the world. StAnza has brought a range of major poets to the festival, commissioned art works from leading artists, featured both past and present Poet Laureates, and has brought poets from over 50 countries worldwide to the festival.

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Cork International Poetry Festival

Title: Cork International Poetry Festival

Start Date: February 13, 2018
End Date: February 17, 2018

Location: Cork, Ireland
Description: Ireland’s largest annual poetry festival features poets from across the English-speaking world as well as poets working in other languages. This year’s lineup includes Ken Babstock, Emily Berry, Ishion Hutchinson, Mary O’Donnell, D.A. Powell, Mark Roper, Jane Yeh and more.

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Muldoon’s Picnic

Title: Muldoon’s Picnic

Date: February 12, 2018

Location: New York, New York, US
Description: The critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, poetry, and more—now in its eighth season—has become a staple of New York’s cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.

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Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Title: Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival

Start Date: March 1, 2018
End Date: March 4, 2018

Location: the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples
Description: Growing Room: A Feminist Literary Festival is Room magazine’s annual literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists. This year’s lineup includes Amber Dawn, Caroline Adderson, Carleigh Baker, Marie Annharte Baker, Adèle Barclay, Farzana Doctor, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Jen Sookfong Lee, Emily Pohl-Weary, Vivek Shraya and more.

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Hot Ottawa Voices and Canisia Lubrin at Tree Reading Series

Title: Hot Ottawa Voices and Canisia Lubrin at Tree Reading Series

Date: June 26, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features readings by Canisia Lubrin and a selection of poets from Ottawa, followed by an open mic.

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Tanis MacDonald and rob mclennan at Tree Reading Series

Title: Tanis MacDonald and rob mclennan at Tree Reading Series

Date: June 12, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop on a topic to be announced with Henry Beissel, readings by Tanis MacDonald and rob mclennan, and then an open mic.

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Whitney French at Tree Reading Series

Title: Whitney French at Tree Reading Series

Date: May 22, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop on a topic to be announced with Claudia Coutu Radmore, a reading by Whitney French, and then an open mic.

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Briesmaster, McCabe and Ellenbogen at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Briesmaster, McCabe and Ellenbogen at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: March 6, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Art Bar is recognized as Canada’s longest running poetry-only, weekly reading series. Since 1991, it has featured both emerging and established poets from across Canada and occasionally from abroad. It has become a hub for the poetry community, and entry point for new voices, a place for people to enjoy one of the oldest arts.

This week’s offering features Allan Briesmaster, Steven McCabe and Beverly Ellenbogen.

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