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The Selves

Every other day I am an invalid.
Lie back amng the pillows and white sheets
lackadaisical O lackadaisical.
Brush my hair out like a silver fan.
Allow myself to be wheeled into the sun.
Calves’-foot jelly, a mid-morning glass of port,
these I accept and rare azaleas in pots.

The nurses humour me. The call me ‘dear’.
I am pilled and pillowed into another sphere
and there my illness rules us like a queen,
is absolute monarch, wears a giddy crown
and I, its humble servant at all times, am its least
serf on occasion and excluded from the feast.

Every other other day I am as fit
as planets circling.
I brush my hair into a golden sun,
strike roses from a bush,
rare plants into pots
blossom within the green of my eyes, I am
enviable O I am enviable.

Somewhere in between the two, a third
wishes to speak, cannot make itself heard,
stands unmoving, mute, invisible,
a bolt of lightning in its naked hand.

Galiano Literary Festival

Title: Galiano Literary Festival

Start Date: February 19, 2016
End Date: February 21, 2016

galiano-literary-festivalLocation: Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada
Description: The Galiano Literary Festival is run by Galiano Island Books, one of the few remaining independent bookstores in B.C. The bookstore has been on the island for over 10 years, and has become a ‘hub’ of the island community.

Writers appearing in the festival’s 7th year include George Bowering, Michael Crummey, Christine Lowther and many more.

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Sarah Broom Poetry Prize submission deadline

Title: Sarah Broom Poetry Prize submission deadline

Date: February 18, 2016

sarah-broomLocation: New Zealand
Description: The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prize and aims to recognise and financially support new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet through a $12,000 award. The prize was established in 2013 in honour of the New Zealand poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013), the author of Tigers at Awhitu (2010) and Gleam (2013).

In 2016 the judge for the prize will be Paul Muldoon.

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The Poem as Research – Write what you don’t know – workshop with Sylvia Legris

Title: The Poem as Research – Write what you don’t know – workshop with Sylvia Legris

Date: February 16, 2016

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Description: 2006 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Sylvia Legris leads this workshop, part of Open Word: Readings and Ideas 2016. This session will look not only at the relationship between conducting research (in its broadest sense) and composing poetry, but will consider whether the process of writing a poem/poetry can itself be a means of delving deeply into source material. Participants should be prepared to talk, ask questions, and even try out an exercise or two.

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Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth submission deadline

Title: Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth submission deadline

Date: February 15, 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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Gruber and Hynes at Tree Reading Series

Title: Gruber and Hynes at Tree Reading Series

Date: April 26, 2016

tree-reading-seriesLocation: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features a workshop with D.S. Stymeist, followed by readings by Adrienne Gruber and Maureen Hynes, and also includes an open mic.

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Kavanagh and Howard at Tree Reading Series

Title: Kavanagh and Howard at Tree Reading Series

Date: April 12, 2016

tree-reading-seriesLocation: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Description: Running since May 9, 1980, the Tree Reading Series (Tree) is one of Canada’s longest-running literary events and an essential part of Ottawa’s vibrant literary community. Tree is a non-profit organization that supports established and emerging writers from Ottawa and across Canada by offering a supportive public venue for writers to present their own work and to benefit from exposure to the work of other writers. In providing this service, Tree hopes to inspire and sustain the development of the literary community in Ottawa and to promote Ottawa as an important community for Canadian literary arts.

The evening features readings by Basma Kavanagh and Liz Howard, followed by an open mic.

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#todayspoem

Title: #todayspoem

Date: February 17, 2016

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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