Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: March 11, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: March 18, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: March 25, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: April 1, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: April 8, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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Return to the International Poetry Calendar.

Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Title: Cutting Across Linearity: Poetics Workshop

Date: April 15, 2018

Location: Toronto / online
Description: In this workshop (which runs Sundays from January 21 to April 15, except February 18 and 25), participants in person and online will read and write through alternating works: Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein and Emily Dickinson’s Selected edited by Brenda Hillman. These books of poetry will generate conversation and strategies for the writing participants enact.

Participants spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points and prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of instructor Hoa Nguyen’s own design. Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

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from Correspondences / The wet earth

by Anne Michaels

The wet earth. I did not imagine
your death would reconcile me with
language, did not imagine soil
clinging to the page, black type
like birds on a stone sky. That your soul – yes,
I use that word – beautiful,
could saturate the bitterness from even
that fate, not of love
but its opposite, all concealed
in a reversal of longing.

            	

Notes on the Poem

This section of Anne Michael's book-length poem "Correspondences" starts with a simple image, and then swiftly goes deeply into a labyrinth of thoughts and emotions. That simple image - "the wet earth" - segues into Michaels' fascination with words on the page that is tactile and strikingly visual: "soil clinging to the page, black type like birds on a stone sky." We've observed elsewhere in this work that Michaels ponders the power of the printed word, with references to marks on a ledger, blank pages and even equating the turn of each line on a page to the noble, tireless work of the plough horse. Words on this particular page transform a poignant cry of grief - which we assume, or perhaps presume, in reference to "your death" - into a series of puzzles embedded in surprisingly complex words and constructions. "I did not imagine" ... did the narrator really not expect "your death would reconcile me with language"? But it did? Did she not, after all, imagine these rich, albeit somber symbols for language? Is the narrator reluctant to characterize what remains of the deceased as "your soul"? But yes, she did. And it is "beautiful" ... but what does it mean that it: "saturate[s] the bitterness from even that fate" and then "not of love but its opposite, all concealed in a reversal of longing." The opposite of love is hate, correct? A reversal of longing is rejection or repudiation, isn't it? Is the "soil / clinging to the page" stark and clear, or muddy and mysterious?

Versefest

Title: Versefest

Start Date: March 20, 2018
End Date: March 25, 2018

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: VERSe Ottawa is a fully-incorporated collective of Ottawa organizations who curate and produce reading and performance series. One of the principal strengths of VERSe is the inclusion of written- and spoken word poetry groups, as well as other leaders in the poetry community. In coming together, the members of VERSe Ottawa have created an organization that, we believe, is unique in Canada and, perhaps, North America. The group and its activities are all the more durable since, as a team, VERSe’s activities will not be dependent on any one group or executive body. VERSe membership changes from year to year as series come and go.

Six days, sixty poets, one festival. Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’18 is sure to bring us once again some of the most exciting poets on the planet.

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Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Title: Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie – La grande finale

Start Date: April 17, 2018
End Date: April 20, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Les voix de la poésie/Poetry In Voice sont un organisme de bienfaisance qui encourage les élèves de partout au Canada à vivre l’aventure de la poésie par le biais de la lecture, de l’écriture et de la récitation.

Les 24 élèves qui obtiennent les meilleurs scores à la demi-finale sur Internet, ainsi que leurs enseignants, gagnent une place à la grande finale. Cela inclut les frais de déplacement et l’hébergement.

Au cœur de l’événement se trouve le concours : des poètes, des acteurs, actrices et autres figures du monde culturel jugent les récitations des élèves et nomment les gagnants et gagnantes de chaque section du concours : française, anglaise et bilingue. Près de 25?000 $ en prix leur sont distribués.

La grande finale est aussi l’occasion d’activités culturelles. Jusqu’à ce jour, nous avons organisé une rencontre avec Margaret Atwood, des visites poétiques de musées, des ateliers d’écriture pour les jeunes et des ateliers de partage d’exercices pratiques pour les enseignants et enseignantes.

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Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Title: Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poesie National Finals

Start Date: April 17, 2018
End Date: April 20, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie is a charitable organization that encourages Canadian students to fall in love with poetry through reading, writing, and recitation. 

The 24 top-scoring students from the Online Semifinals and their teachers win a spot at the National Finals, plus travel and accommodation.

The highlight of the event is our contest, in which Canadian poets, actors, and other cultural figures judge students’ recitations, award nearly $25,000 in prizes, and name a National Champion in each of our three language streams: English, French, and Bilingual.

The event also includes cultural activities. So far, we’ve hosted a private Q&A with Margaret Atwood, poetry-themed gallery tours, a screening of Al Purdy Was Here followed by a Q&A with director Brian Johnson, the Amazing Recitation Race, writing workshops for students, and best-practice workshops for teachers.

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