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The Hands

        I

When we overwhelm a village,
I am told to make sure
none will ever pull a trigger.

I go in with a machete,
come out with a sack of hands.
My fathers feed me, count the pairs.

In the darkness I feel cool
palms crawl up to stroke
my head, soft hairless

hand-backs on my cheeks.
Thumbs draw down my eyelids,
fingers shush my lips.

        II

In a terracotta jar,
a tobacco-brown plant,
tight as a mummified fist.

‘Leave it in the rain,
and see what happens.’

So we tipped it in the sink.

Amid the crockery
it unfurled and began to beg:
ever open, plaintive.

We kept it watered,
then, sick of supplication –
left it in the sun to clench.

Gernes and Nyman read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Title: Gernes and Nyman read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Date: April 19, 2017

poetry-london-caLocation: London, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Poetry London Reading Series hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. The series brings Canada’s best national poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. The series’ home is the Landon Branch Library in London’s beautiful Wortley Village.

The series was created in 2004 by poet Cornelia Hoogland in partnership with the London Public Library. The series partners with several other Ontario venues, including The Hamilton Poetry Centre, Ancaster’s Redeemer College, London’s Fanshawe College, Western University, and St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, to provide national poets multi-stop Ontario tours. Poetry London strives to host a dynamic mix of voices, from established Canadian poets to new and local writers.

This evening’s event features readings by poets Ulrikka Gernes and John Nyman.

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Huebert and Roach Pierson read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Title: Huebert and Roach Pierson read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Date: March 15, 2017

poetry-london-caLocation: London, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Poetry London Reading Series hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. The series brings Canada’s best national poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. The series’ home is the Landon Branch Library in London’s beautiful Wortley Village.

The series was created in 2004 by poet Cornelia Hoogland in partnership with the London Public Library. The series partners with several other Ontario venues, including The Hamilton Poetry Centre, Ancaster’s Redeemer College, London’s Fanshawe College, Western University, and St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, to provide national poets multi-stop Ontario tours. Poetry London strives to host a dynamic mix of voices, from established Canadian poets to new and local writers.

This evening’s event features readings by poets David Huebert and Ruth Roach Pierson.

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Poetry NOW: 9th Annual Battle of the Bards

Title: Poetry NOW: 9th Annual Battle of the Bards

Date: February 24, 2017

poetry-nowLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: This popular poetry competition returns in 2017 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. One poet will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 38th edition of the International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book and IFOA event in NOW Magazine.

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Real Vancouver Writers’ Series: 7th Anniversary Showcase

Title: Real Vancouver Writers’ Series: 7th Anniversary Showcase

Date: February 22, 2017

real-vancouver-writersLocation: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Description: Join the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series as they celebrate seven years of bringing the best writing and publishing from Vancouver and beyond to local audiences.

This event will be held at the legendary grunt gallery (350 East 3nd Avenue, unit 116) and will feature six amazing local writers representing many different styles, genres, and sensibilities:

Adèle Barclay
Danila Botha
Jónina Kirton
David Ly
Cole Nowicki
Sam Wiebe

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Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich and the Feminist Superhero: The Poetics of Women’s Political Resistance

Title: Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich and the Feminist Superhero: The Poetics of Women’s Political Resistance

Date: February 17, 2017

Location: New York, New York, US
Description: One a lyric poet and essayist, the other a jazz poet, Adrienne Rich and Jayne Cortez were American poetry superheroes who produced extensive bodies of work—revealing overlapping visions of social equality in radically distinct aesthetic modes. This multi-media event brings together both poets’ historical works to champion their literary-political engagement. It highlights their feminist voices of resistance, their fight for social justice and global peace.

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Pannell, Wallin and Clews at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Pannell, Wallin and Clews at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: March 7, 2017

art-barLocation: 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 Chris Pannell, Myna Wallin and Brenda Clews.

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Vuksanovich, Brubacher and Laliberte Else at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Title: Vuksanovich, Brubacher and Laliberte Else at the Art Bar Poetry Series

Date: February 28, 2017

art-barLocation: 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 Jovan Vuksanovich, Erin Brubacher and Sophie Laliberte Else.

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Hynes and Ross read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Title: Hynes and Ross read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Date: February 15, 2017

poetry-london-caLocation: London, Ontario, Canada
Description: The Poetry London Reading Series hosts monthly readings and poetry workshops in London, Ontario. The series brings Canada’s best national poets into London for readings, as well as providing a wide range of poetry-related opportunities for local writers and poetry aficionados. The series’ home is the Landon Branch Library in London’s beautiful Wortley Village.

The series was created in 2004 by poet Cornelia Hoogland in partnership with the London Public Library. The series partners with several other Ontario venues, including The Hamilton Poetry Centre, Ancaster’s Redeemer College, London’s Fanshawe College, Western University, and St. Jerome’s College in Waterloo, to provide national poets multi-stop Ontario tours. Poetry London strives to host a dynamic mix of voices, from established Canadian poets to new and local writers.

This evening’s event features readings by poets Maureen Hynes and Stuart Ross.

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#todayspoem

Title: #todayspoem

Date: February 27, 2017

Description: In fact, every day is #todayspoem day. With the #todayspoem hashtag, you can share an excerpt from any poem that happens to have made your day. Everyone shares their #todayspoem experience a little differently, with an image, a link, an excerpt, whatever fits in a tweet. Each tweet is enough to spur a moment of delight or recognition or, handily favorited in Twitter, is a lovely bookmark for future poetry explorations.

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