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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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The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry submission deadline

Title: The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry submission deadline

Date: December 31, 2017

Description: Winning manuscripts are issued in both hardback and paperback editions and authors receive royalties on sales in addition to the cash award of $2,000. Each entrant will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Tampa Review (mailed to any U.S. address; mailing outside U.S. can be arranged with a supplementary postage fee). The manuscripts by TR Prize winners represent a range from first books to new titles by well-published poets.

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Dorset Prize 2018 submission deadline

Title: Dorset Prize 2018 submission deadline

Date: December 31, 2017

Description: The Dorset Prize is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. The winner receives a $3,000 cash prize and a week-long residency at MASS MoCA worth $1,500 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.

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Griffin Poetry Prize helps celebrate 49th Shelf’s 12 Days of Bookness

Title: Griffin Poetry Prize helps celebrate 49th Shelf’s 12 Days of Bookness

Date: December 14, 2017

Location: Canada
Description: From December 4 to 15, you could win some of 2017’s biggest books — shortlisted and prize-winning books from Canada’s major literary awards! We’re talking major fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, YA, mystery, poetry, and cookbook award winners — something for absolutely everyone on your list – or for you!

Each day, 49th Shelf will open a different prize pack. On December 14th, the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist will be showcased. You have one day to enter for a chance to win all the books associated with that prize. The next day, come back, and you get another chance to win the next prize pack!

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49th Shelf’s 12 Days of Bookness

Title: 49th Shelf’s 12 Days of Bookness

Start Date: December 4, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017

Location: Canada
Description: From December 4 to 15, you could win some of 2017’s biggest books — shortlisted and prize-winning books from Canada’s major literary awards! We’re talking major fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature, YA, mystery, poetry, and cookbook award winners — something for absolutely everyone on your list – or for you!

Each day, 49th Shelf will open a different prize pack. On December 14th, the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist will be showcased. You have one day to enter for a chance to win all the books associated with that prize. The next day, come back, and you get another chance to win the next prize pack!

Learn more here.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVIII

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

Date: December 19, 2017

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 Lisa Richter and George Elliott Clarke.

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The Banff Centre Writing Studio application deadline

Title: The Banff Centre Writing Studio application deadline

Date: January 24, 2018

Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Description: An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio is structured to provide an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an opportunity to engage with a community of working writers. Faculty for this session, which runs April 30 to June 2, 2018 includes Karen Solie, David O’Meara, Hoa Nguyen, Shyam Selvadurai and Kathy Page.

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My mother’s every exhale is


My mother’s every exhale is
somewhere between a rasp
and a scream now.

Hospice says they’ll bring
phenobarbital in the morning.

Between us we have
–new bottle of morphine
–the dog’s phenobarbital
–three syringes of Parry’s insulin
–methadone, Haldol, etc.

Parry and I discuss combinations.
We want the best for our mother.

We do not want
to fuck this
one up.

   — October 22, +/- 2 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

                              ,,,
                              On the phone, my brother Whit
                              says Don’t Google it.

Idioglossia

                                            Were we twins earlier
we might have saved the other from learning to speak,

to speak dead, to speak dead romance, to speak dead romance
languages. Utter embouchure. The aftertaste of hurt knots the tongue,

an unripe persimmon. An echo tumbles from the mountain range
of a French horn, hunt long finished, rabbits interrupted

by bullets. Then skinned. Then opened wide. There is no translation
for rescue save breath. How we speak to and only to each other.

By the routine of lung. After years of half-formed, airtight Hebrew
the lonely heart’s grammar relaxes, allows one vowel. U.