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Silt

She sways, shifts,
a hunch the current follows.

Chagrined, it sifts the shirt,
the camisole, the effortless hair.
(Earring tangled there, gold crustacean.)

She is a slow, sunken spin, slow sweep below. Silt-
stroked eyes. Silt-stroked tongue. The inlet of her
mouth, silt-stroked teeth.

Fierce Light poetry exhibition

Title: Fierce Light poetry exhibition

Start Date: May 10, 2016
End Date: May 28, 2016

1418-nowLocation: Norwich, England
Description: For Fierce Light, leading poets from countries that participated in the First World War, including Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra and Jo Shapcott, are each creating new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible, exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works will be presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and the themes raised within them. Fierce Light launches with an exhibition and a special live event featuring the poets during the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival, before the poems and films are presented on radio, at other literary festivals and online.

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Newcastle Poetry Festival

Title: Newcastle Poetry Festival

Start Date: May 5, 2016
End Date: May 7, 2016

newcastle-centreLocation: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Description: Following on from the inaugural Newcastle Poetry Festival in 2015, this year’s international festival presents three days of events with poets including Carolyn Forché, Vahni Capildeo, Don Share and Emily Berry. The festival will include exhibitions, film-showings, roundtable discussions and workshops as well as readings.

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Coach House Spring Launch

Title: Coach House Spring Launch

Date: May 4, 2016

coachhouse-logoLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: This spring at Coach House, the legendary Canadian publisher is taking the plunge with eight aerodynamic titles that will leave you anything but spring-bored. Reading from new works are the launch will be Ken Sparling, John Goldbach, Chase Joynt, Susan Holbrook, Nicole Markotic and Helen Hajnoczky.

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London Open Mic: Indigenous Poetry featuring Elijah, Plain and Alvernaz Mulcahy

Title: London Open Mic: Indigenous Poetry featuring Elijah, Plain and Alvernaz Mulcahy

Date: May 4, 2016

london-open-micLocation: London, Ontario, Canada
Description: London Open Mic Poetry Night’s May 4th feature will include indigenous poetry, music, and stories. The series’ regular feature consists of one poet reading for 20 minutes. For this special event, the feature portion of the night will be expanded to an hour with three featured readers: Charmaine E. Elijah, David D. Plain, and Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy.

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Earl, Gardiner, LaSorda, Mooney and Strumberger at Resonance Reading Series

Title: Earl, Gardiner, LaSorda, Mooney and Strumberger at Resonance Reading Series

Date: May 3, 2016

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Description: Résonance Reading Series is a monthly reading series of original creative writing and other text based collaborations. It’s based at Café Résonance, Montreal. This month’s event features readings by Amanda Earl, Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Alison LaSorda, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Alison Strumberger.

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Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth announced

Title: Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth announced

Date: May 2, 2016

league-canadian-poetsLocation: Canada
Description: The League of Canadian Poets is honoured to present the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth, which has been established to foster a lifelong relationship between Canadian youth and the literary arts, specifically poetry. The youth contest is supported through a generous donation from the Stursberg family and other donors in honour of Jessamy Stursberg.

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Boreal Swing

My mother hunted moose
as a child my grandfather taught her
how to field dress a bull:
make an incision from the throat
to the pelvis
the abdominal cavity emptied
haul him up between two pines
the body inverted
antlers almost grazing
the soil
each hind limb leashed to a trunk above
to allow the flesh to cool
then she’d climb inside
the open chest
fix her toes along the ledge
of two ribs
and with a kick to the bull’s left shoulder
he sent her
swinging

Hardcastle, Jamal, Lai and Uppal at the Rowers Reading Series

Title: Hardcastle, Jamal, Lai and Uppal at the Rowers Reading Series

Date: May 2, 2016

rowers-reading-seriesLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Rowers Reading Series is a monthly literary reading series, which runs the first Monday of the month, from October to June. The series showcases the finest poetry, fiction and nonfiction writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as selected emerging writers. The series incorporated in May 2007.

This month’s offering features Kevin Hardcastle, Tasneem Jamal, Larissa Lai and Priscila Uppal.

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2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry submission deadline

Title: 2016 Far Horizons Award for Poetry submission deadline

Date: May 1, 2016

malahat-review-logoDescription: The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging poets from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the Far Horizons Award for Poetry. Eligible poets have yet to publish their poetry in book form (a book of poetry is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). One prize of $1000 (CAD) is awarded. Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

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