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from The Ha-Ha, Part II: I Cry My Heart, Antonio

It’s just as the waiter has brought us
                    a single buttery dumpling
     stuffed with pecorino, parmigiano and ricotta

that arrives after the porcini mushrooms
                    and the seafood risotto
     and before the snapper with tomato and black olives

and the duck in balsamic vinegar reduction
                    that I touch my napkin
     to my lips and say, “There are no words to describe this”

and then feel the sting of tears as I remember
                    where I’d read these words,
     in that book about the trial of the English pedophile

and child murderer who delighted in recording
                    the final moments
     of her victims’ lives, the screaming, the promises not to tell,

her own tapes used in evidence against her yet thought so horrific
                    by the judge that
     he ordered them played in a sealed courtroom

and then, in the public interest,
                    to a single journalist
     who would only say, “There are no words to describe this.”

*

And even though the waiter arrives at that moment
                    to clear away plates and pour more wine
     and ask if everything is good, if it’s all to our satisfaction,

still, Barbara bends close to me and asks if everything’s okay,
                    says I seem a little upset,
     and I cover by telling her the story that Mark’s cousin Antonio

had told me about this prosciutto he’d bought
                    and had put in his basement
     for curing so it would turn salty and sweet and delicate all at once,

but something went wrong, and one day
                    he went down to check
     on his prosciutto, and it was maggot-ridden and moldy,

and here Antonio shakes his head and looks at me
                    with a sad smile and says,
     “I cry my heart, David,” and only later do I realize

I’ve used this story as a ha-ha, which is not a joke but a landscape trick
                    from 18th-century England,
     a sunken fence used to keep cows at a picturesque distance

from the manor house so they can be seen grazing on the greensward,
                    kept by the ha-ha
     from trampling the lawn and mooing at the guests.

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YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic – Holiday Showcase

Title: YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic – Holiday Showcase

Date: December 16, 2015

yorkslamLocation: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Description: YorkSLAM is a poetry slam and open mic series in Richmond Hill now entering its third year. They have been providing a stage and audience for local performers from 16 to 64. If you are looking for a safe place to explore your creativity, find your voice and share your work then you’re invited to join them. Most newcomers are recommended to hit up the open mic and test the waters in a pressure free environment.

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YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Title: YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Date: November 18, 2015

yorkslamLocation: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Description: YorkSLAM is a poetry slam and open mic series in Richmond Hill now entering its third year. They have been providing a stage and audience for local performers from 16 to 64. If you are looking for a safe place to explore your creativity, find your voice and share your work then you’re invited to join them. Most newcomers are recommended to hit up the open mic and test the waters in a pressure free environment.

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YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Title: YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Date: October 21, 2015

yorkslamLocation: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Description: YorkSLAM is a poetry slam and open mic series in Richmond Hill now entering its third year. They have been providing a stage and audience for local performers from 16 to 64. If you are looking for a safe place to explore your creativity, find your voice and share your work then you’re invited to join them. Most newcomers are recommended to hit up the open mic and test the waters in a pressure free environment.

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YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Title: YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Date: September 16, 2015

yorkslamLocation: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Description: YorkSLAM is a poetry slam and open mic series in Richmond Hill now entering its third year. They have been providing a stage and audience for local performers from 16 to 64. If you are looking for a safe place to explore your creativity, find your voice and share your work then you’re invited to join them. Most newcomers are recommended to hit up the open mic and test the waters in a pressure free environment.

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YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Title: YorkSLAM Poetry Series and Open Mic

Date: August 19, 2015

yorkslamLocation: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Description: YorkSLAM is a poetry slam and open mic series in Richmond Hill now entering its third year. They have been providing a stage and audience for local performers from 16 to 64. If you are looking for a safe place to explore your creativity, find your voice and share your work then you’re invited to join them. Most newcomers are recommended to hit up the open mic and test the waters in a pressure free environment.

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Al Purdy A-Frame Writing Workshop with Ken Babstock

Title: Al Purdy A-Frame Writing Workshop with Ken Babstock

Start Date: August 10, 2015
End Date: August 14, 2015

purdy-aframeLocation: Ameliasburgh, Ontario, Canada
Description: The 2015 Writing Workshop at the Al Purdy A-Frame in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County is with award-winning poet Ken Babstock. The workshop runs from 1 to 3 pm daily, August 10th to 14th. Register soon, as space is limited. The fee for the week is $150 (Cdn).

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Over the Edge New Writer of the Year submission deadline

Title: Over the Edge New Writer of the Year submission deadline

Date: August 5, 2015

Description: Since its inception in 2007, Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition has grown to become one of the most important competitions for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide.

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untethered issue 2.1 launch party

Title: untethered issue 2.1 launch party

Date: July 29, 2015

untetheredLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The untethered launch party celebrates issue 2.1, which featuresthe winners of the publication’s very first poetry contest – Sara-Jane Gloutnez, Trevor Steven Abes, and JM Francheteau – the outrageously awesome artwork of Lorette C. Luzajic and fabulous new writing by untethered’s amazing contributors.

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International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Title: International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Start Date: October 22, 2015
End Date: November 1, 2015

ifoa2Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) brings together the world’s best writers of contemporary literature for 11 days of readings, interviews, lectures, round table discussions, and public book signings each October.

Every year, the IFOA devotes a number of events to authors and books within a particular focus. In 2015, they are pleased to present two exciting focuses: one on the work of upcoming and established poets from around the world, and the other on the rich culture and vibrant literary scene of Catalonia.

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