By Sudbury’s first poet laureate Roger Nash
Sudbury’s first poet laureate, Roger Nash, in this new book wrestles with the big issues of the day including what we are doing to our environment. But the language isn’t political, isn’t contentious. Instead, it seeks to move the reader to paying attention, finding ways to recognize the inherent beauty in the world around us. As the renowned poet and critic Bruce Meyer says, “Roger Nash is more than a poet of whimsy. His eye for delicate detail and beauty, coupled with a natural gift for insight, synthesis, and deep understanding, transform the poems … from mere records of life into penetrating statements on the human condition.” His language, too, is “celebratory, intimate, elegiac – and challenging,” says Ottawa poet Susan McMaster.
Ottawa poet Susan McMaster, according to Anna Yin, Mississauga’s inaugural Poet Laureate, is one who paints the world around her with vivid and lively images that betray the wisdom from birds, plants and family members. “Home is where love resides…and Susan hums music from sun and moon, from masked life and mused dreams.” And as you venture into this newest collection, readers will find that wisdom of a poet whose lifetime has been spent in careful poetic attention to the smallest and most meaningful moments around her, what she views as the foundational elements that keep us grounded yet alive.
A marriage of Windsor’s public art and poetry
Thirteen authors from various backgrounds all come together to celebrate Windsor’s public art by sharing their stories in poetry In The Middle Space.
“This anthology is a marriage of public art and poetry – in essence, living art,” says Marty Gervais, Windsor’s poet laureate emeritus.
André Narbonne’s Lucien & Olivia longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The debut novel from marine-engineer-turned-English-Professor André Narbonne has been long-listed for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Lucien and Olivia is a comic statement on the beautiful waywardness of life. Built on scenes of discovery and error, the novel satirizes the transactional view of human relations that has elbowed its way into our lives by way of contemporary political discourse.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize highlights the best of Canadian fiction. Lucien and Oliver was one of 14 selected from 138 books read by the jury.
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I’ve said it before - I’m very lucky to oversee Windsor’s Poet Laureate Program, and to have been able to build it up with Marty at the helm as our inaugural Poet Laureate, and then to continue working with him when he was named Poet Laureate Emeritus.
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Although I despise the word “lifestyle” the connection between agriculture and the wilderness, cultivation and culture, are very relevant and there is an entire way of life vanishing.
The ironic parallel for me as a writer is the disappearance of poetry in the life of the people. Once upon a time, when education was committed to the making of a well-rounded, fully engaged mind, my Uncle John, a shepherd who could quote Virgil and Shakespeare, is now gone. Even the educated classes don’t seem to realize the importance of the contemplative, slow thinking, lingering and deepening experience, and the entertainment of agitprop performance pieces. – John B. Lee
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