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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVIX

Title: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVIX

Date: January 30, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto, Shab-e She’r has been bridging the gap between diverse poetry communities, bringing together people from different ethnicities, nationalities, ages, disabilities, religions (or lack thereof), poetic styles, voices and visions. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and other means. Let our event become as diverse as we are.

Host of the evening is Bänoo Zan and the featured poets are Canisia Lubrin and David C. Brydges.

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January

January long light
Janus     I see you
God of locks and doorways

two-faced looking in Capricorn
Capricious like the snowy owl
      irruption

We fear heavy body collisions

January     time of doors
time looking back on itself
    God of gates

    spelt and salt

They say when you
walk through a door

you can forget what
   you came for

from Venus Velvet No. 2

How could I turn and say: but this is him.
How could I say: he bounded when he walked.
How could I say: when he came home at night,
A gust of snowy air around his coat,
I drew him closer, holding his lapels;
He caught me by the wrists and closed his eyes.

How could I say I tried to memorize
The truthful face, his smile a truthful blaze
Untrammeled still. I tried to learn by heart
The light-brown gaze: unguarded chrysolite
From such another world that heaven made.
Left iris, with a comet-fleck of gold.
How could I memorize his gentle ways.
The way he mingled friendliness with passion,
Plain dealing, open-handed, unafraid.
The swift, reflexive generosity.

His striking conversation, magic ease
In seeking what the other could, then more,
In understanding, warmly understood;
A quest for truth but not certainty.

And the integrity I idolized:
Another’s mystery never trifled with.
No one was belittled in those eyes.

Nothing denied, held back, or kept apart.
And never lost his gentle ways with me.
And wanted power over no one else,
But master of his heart, and of himself,
A mind that never darkened, mastermind,
Fountain of pulsing energy at play,
Unshackled, unentangled, unconfined.

Beneath the reading light, his pillowed head
A crimson-outlined silhouette at night,
His profile marble-carved, noble, sun-warmed,
Even at night, in winter, ruddy-tinged.
Red-gold of Titian’s pigment-laden brush.

The red-lit aureate curving of his ear,
Warm-blooded velvet, made for lips to find.
I kissed his brow good night and felt the touch
Of lashes brush my chin before they closed.
Untroubled love. Unmarred. And quiet sleep,

His head a silken weight against my chest,
Velvet inner elbow, dangled foot,
Voluptuous surrender, unarmed Mars,
Even in sleep, composed. Even in sleep
Possessive of my hand. Still self-possessed.

Never again our idyll-nights of peace,
Never again to have him to myself.

from The Prodigal Son

The bishop places a paperweight atop my reports on his desk,
our professional talk is measured by the silence of the dead
who are always flinging open their shutters,
religion being the work of the living and the dead,
the hope and release of children turning to their parents –
all that business in life that remains unrehearsed.

Gould, Barwell and Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Gould, Barwell and Bozabalian at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: January 23, 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 Cynthia Gould, Tom Barwell and Lara Bozabalian.

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Clink, Wood and Wilder at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Clink, Wood and Wilder at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: January 16, 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 David Clink, Heather Wood and Georgia Wilder.

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Sutherland, Shenfeld and Coluccio at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Sutherland, Shenfeld and Coluccio at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: January 9, 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 Fraser Sutherland, Karen Shenfeld and Pino Coluccio.

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Freedom to Read Week

Title: Freedom to Read Week

Start Date: February 25, 2018
End Date: March 3, 2018

Location: Canada
Description: Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

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Poetry Is Dead – Coven issue submission deadline

Title: Poetry Is Dead – Coven issue submission deadline

Date: January 15, 2018

Description: We’re calling the four corners. We’re calling magic makers of all kinds. We’re calling for spells for survival, tinctures of remedy, gossip, renewal rituals, new moon intentions, full moon feels, astrology memes. We want writing that plays between the worlds, that conjures new worlds, that heals the world we live in. We’re warding off “witch hunts” of all kinds and throwing salt around like confetti. Who are we as witches? Where does the magic come from? Who are our teachers? What have we taken and how do we give back to the circle? We’re due for an offering to the ancestors. Guest edited by Adèle Barclay and Leah Horlick.

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Date: January 15, 2018

Pivot Readings with Martinello, Hardcastle, Dolman and Ruthnum

Title: Pivot Readings with Martinello, Hardcastle, Dolman and Ruthnum

Date: December 14, 2017

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot presents the writers breathing life into Canadian literary culture. Established and emerging, time-tested and fresh; they’re what’s happening in literature, right now. This evening’s readings at the Tranzac Club’s Tiki Room in Toronto are by Anita Dolman, Naben Ruthnum, Kevin Hardcastle and Domenica Martinello.

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