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Mail from My Pregnant Daughter

An envelope with your rounded printing. I take out
a card of Henri Rousseau’s Child with Doll
the stocky worried girl in a red dress, clutching
a worried doll, listening, knowing the whole
landscape is going to erupt through her, life
will depend on her –

                    then your twelve-week
ultrasound with its five night-blue images
framed in calibrations and ID.
I have albums tracing your quick expressions back
to your infancy, but here I’m looking at moonlight
falling into an excavated grave. Or is it
a distant galaxy? The small gathering bones
glow where faint light picks them out,
a constellation of vertebrae. Hubble
portrait. Reverse grave.

                    What a woman holds –
river of earth from the Milky Way, where we hatch,
to which we return. From my unwinding whorl I’m looking
through your night sky at forming stars.
Inside those I can almost see smaller stars.

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Valley of the Moon

On the drive to the respite hotel,
the Goldberg Variations: a bridge to peace.

Sora bidding farewell to Bash? –
Sora leaning forward on his elbow.

*

In the moment of leaving,
when words set sail from paper …

soul clings
to one burning
as fire clings to a stick.

*

Even when the mind’s a sieve,
soul doesn’t grieve –
cannot believe

in scarcity. A mountain,
a river – fully this,
fully that.

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIII

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

Date: September 27, 2016

shabe-sherLocation: 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. Host of the evening is Bänoo Zan, and the featured poets this evening are Liz Howard and Ali Ibrahimi.

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Spoke Literary Festival

Title: Spoke Literary Festival

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

Location: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Description: Spoke Literary Festival is a weekend literary celebration that includes four writing workshops and three literary and social gatherings. The festival features readings from Natalie Appleton, Jeremy Beaulne, Hannah Calder, Michelle Doege, Kerry Gilbert, Garry Gottfriedson, Sean Johnston, Laisha Rosnau, Adam Lewis Schroeder, and Sharon Thesen.

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Pivot Readings with Dimaline, Smith-McGregor, Rathore and Taylor

Title: Pivot Readings with Dimaline, Smith-McGregor, Rathore and Taylor

Date: September 21, 2016

pivot-readingsLocation: 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 Steady Café on Bloor West in Toronto are by Cherie Dimaline, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Rudrapriya Rathore and Jess Taylor.

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Nicholson and Mooney read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Title: Nicholson and Mooney read at Poetry London (Ontario) Reading Series

Date: September 21, 2016

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 Cecily Nicholson and Jacob McArthur Mooney.

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Brooklyn Book Festival

Title: Brooklyn Book Festival

Date: September 18, 2016

brooklyn-book-festivalLocation: Brooklyn, New York, US
Description: The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

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University of Regina poetry collection, edited by Sue Goyette – submission deadline

Title: University of Regina poetry collection, edited by Sue Goyette – submission deadline

Date: September 15, 2016

uregina-pressDescription: University of Regina Press and Poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture, and the ongoing quest for justice.

Goyette will act as lead editor of the collection and the University of Regina Press will publish the collection.

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Pivot Readings 2016-2017 Season Opener with HD, Islam, Valencia and Whitlock

Title: Pivot Readings 2016-2017 Season Opener with HD, Islam, Valencia and Whitlock

Date: September 7, 2016

pivot-readingsLocation: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Description: Pivot’s Season Openers are an institution. We are excited to continue the built tradition of great new and established authors with another big kick-off show on September 7th. We’ve got emerging poet (and 2016 Arc POTY winner) Doyali Islam, weird-funny novelist Nathan Whitlock, Montreal Poetry Prize winner Eva H.D., and poet & Toronto Poetry Talks Founder Jacqueline Valencia. Come in out of the summer heat and be cool with us again.

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