Poetry Advent Calendar Day 8

Hearkening back to a simpler time when we could meet freely at restaurants with each other, this poem from Carlinda D’Alimonte carries a double meaning. From her 2018 collection of poetry Morning Song, about the loss of her sister, “Meetings” memorializes those small moments in life we sometimes take for granted.   Meetings Purse over my shoulder on... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 7

From The House of Shifting Time, today’s poem by Laurence Hutchman focuses on being present in the moment and focusing on what’s around you.   First Spring Walk in the Mountains   The valley is filled with light and shadows, yet awakening from winter snows. Already in May the mosquitoes create a huzza around me. There is... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 6

Today’s feature poem comes from Roger Nash’s 2016 collection Zigzags. This collection of poetry focuses on the paradoxes of life. True to form today’s poem “Kiddush and then Rain” is a fun mixture of juxtaposing imagery. KIDDUSH* AND THEN RAIN   The Friday night blessing over wine brims, in each cup that “runneth over,” and... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 5

BC poet Bernice Lever provides our feature poem today. “Peace Seedlings”, a poem about peace and how to nourish it and let it grow, comes from Small Acts. Bernice’s 2016 collection of poetry focuses on small acts of kindness and the ways they ripple into our everyday lives.   Peace Seedlings Each Peace poem is a... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 4

Windsor Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern provides us with the 4th poem for our advent calendar from her 2014 collection of poetry Brides in Black. This collection of poetry features poems about life in the convent, with today’s feature poem “migrants” focusing on helping migrant workers. migrants sister margarite signs papers to annul her vows... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 3

Day 3 of out Poetry Advent Calendar brings us this beauty by lisa shatzky from her latest book A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth(2020). lisa’s newest collection of poetry addresses many of the problems facing the world today (the fires in Australia, climate change, etc…), her poems gently ask the reader to have courage... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 2

Today’s poem comes from Elizabeth Zetlin from her latest collection of poetry Prompted by Happiness(2020). Born out of the intention to write a poem a day for a year, this collection has a broad range of emotion and topics. Today’s poem “Fully Happy” carries on the theme of togetherness and family. Fully Happy(after “Come Together,”... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 1

We’re kicking off our Poetry Advent Calendar with a poem by Kim Fahner from Some Other Sky. Published in 2017, Some Other Sky features poetry about self-discovery, journeying, nature, and art. Today’s poem is about reconciliation and community; about moving forward together and learning from the past. Truth Telling (for Beverley McLachlin, the Chief Justice of... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar

Hello poetry lovers. We’re very excited to introduce a new tradition for Black Moss Press: a poetry advent calendar. Starting December 1st and running until December 25th we will be featuring a poem each day from a Black Moss Press poet. Each featured poem is from a published collection of poetry that is available for... Read more »

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Prompted by Happiness Book Launch

Tune in tomorrow evening on Zoom as Elizabeth Zetlin launches her latest book of poetry Prompted by Happiness! Tomorrow evening at 7pm we encourage you to follow the link to the Zoom meeting to enjoy a live reading! Watch the trailer below for more information and a special look at what to expect! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82994506762?pwd=THFCb2t0ZmVEMDhydi9jL2VmUk1Rdz09

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Tonight: Poetry at the Manor Vol 8

Be sure to tune in tonight at 7pm for this year’s Poetry at the Manor! The video will go live on Mayor Drew Dilkens’ YouTube channel so keep an eye on it!

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Poetry at the Manor Vol 8 2020

Poetry at the Manor gets a different look this year, but we’re still bringing you quality poetry from Poets Laureate across Canada. Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we are unable to host this event in historic Willistead Manor in Windsor. However, Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais, Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern, and the City... Read more »

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Tùkhòne Preview

We’re so pleased to be able to share these previews of DA Lockhart’s upcoming book of poetry Tùkhòne. The Miramichi Reader has shared a selection of the Haibun, which draws inspiration from notable Detroit musicians. The /temz/ Review has shared a variety of Lockhart’s poems, some are from this upcoming collection, and some are not. Definitely check it out to get... Read more »

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A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth Virtual Reading and Interview

Lisa Shatzky’s newest collection of poetry, A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth, is being launched in October 2020, and to kick off the festivities we’re happy to present a video of Lisa Shatzky reading a poem from her latest book. We’re also pleased to share this interview with Lisa, created by the Bowen Island... Read more »

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Fire and Water Great Lakes Reading Series

Follow the link to enjoy the first instalment of the Great Lakes Reading Series, a virtual reading by Eva Kolacz and Laurence Hutchman. Featuring poems from their newest book Fire and Water, a collection of love poems written to each other and lushly illustrated by Eva. This book is not to be missed and is... Read more »

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Samantha Badaoa and Laurie Smith Virtual Launch

We’re pleased to release this virtual launch for Samantha Badaoa’s So am I and Laurie Smith’s Suck and Spit, to stand in for the traditional launch that would have taken place. Samantha Badaoa is Windsor, Ontario’s inaugural youth poet laureate. She specializes in slam poetry that ranges from topics of family and religion to her experiences with love... Read more »

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lisa shatzky Reading

We’re so pleased to share a video of lisa shatzky reading her newest poem Beautiful Black Man, a poem to the memory of George Floyd. lisa shatzky’s newest book of poetry A Thousand Ways to Kiss the Earth will be launching this October, and is a book of poetry that addresses current events and the... Read more »

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Bruce Meyer Reading 1967

As we work our way through this quarantine we wanted to look back on better times when we were able to gather freely and celebrate together. At Black Moss we couldn’t think of a better time to look back to than the year Canada celebrated its 150th birthday, and Bruce Meyer launched his celebratory book... Read more »

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Laurie Smith Interview

This week we’re very pleased to present an interview with Windsor poet Laurie Smith. Studying under Alistair MacLeod, she has her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor. She is the Co-Publisher/Editor at Cranberry Tree Press, and she runs creative writing workshops. Her newest book of poetry, Suck and Spit (2020), is... Read more »

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Mary Ann Mulhern Interview

Today’s interview is with poet laureate Mary Ann Mulhern about her latest book The Midnight Moon Sings of Murder. This is her 8th full book of poetry, and it focuses on the tragic murder of the Donnelly family. Please enjoy this interview and excerpts! Q: Can you tell us how you decided to write about this... Read more »

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