About Me

Photo: Gilbert Bélisle

Welcome to my eclectic (but mostly-about-poetry) blog. Please tool around the site, leave comments, and subscribe. Check out my website, where I house some of my poetry and collages, among other things, and my Facebook Author Page.


My email: rogueembryo (at) gmail (dot) com

Here’s a little something about me:

        Camille Martin is the author of four collections of poetry: Looms (2012) and Sonnets (2010), both from Shearsman Books; Codes of Public Sleep (2007), and Sesame Kiosk (2001, out of print). A chapbook was recently released from Above/Ground Press: Sugar Beach (2014). Above/Ground Press also published a chapbook in 2011: If Leaf, Then Arpeggio.
        Of Sonnets, Rae Armantrout observes that “in some ways, these poems are almost traditional,” yet “in these taut, fast-paced, self-aware poems, the lyric meets 21st-century paranoia and sparks fly.” Carol Dorf writes that Martin creates “a world where science and myth intersect,” a “world of a mind reflecting on itself, the natural and built environments, time, and language.” And Jordan Scott speaks of “the magnificence in these poems, a poetic magnetic, propelling you to turn the page.”
        She has presented and published her work internationally. In 2010, her tour to promote Sonnets, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, brought her to several cities in Canada as well as venues in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France. Her poetry has been published in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and Chile, and translated into German and Spanish. It has garnered major grants from the Ontario Arts Council (for Sonnets) and from the Toronto Arts Council (for Looms).
        One of her current poetry projects is R Is the Artichoke of Rose, a collection of minimalist poems, and Blueshift Road, a collection influenced by astronomy. She’s also working on The Evangeline Papers, a poetic sequence based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage and her participation in archaeological digs at an eighteenth-century village in Nova Scotia, where her finds included ancestral pipes and wine bottles.
        Martin earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans and a PhD in English from Louisiana State University.

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7 responses to “About Me

  1. rupert loydell

    Dear Camille – thanks for the piece about ‘Slow-Motion’. Much appreciated. Tony at Shearsman is bringing out a new volume in August. I also have a couple of chapbooks out now – i would happily send them to you if you’d like them.

    Best wishes
    Rupert

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  2. You’re welcome! That poem really spoke to me.

    I’ll email you about the rest.

    Cheers,
    Camille

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  3. My daughter just started to school at Ryerson. Small world. I was published in several of the magazines you have listed. But that was many years ago. I will return to look at your work again.

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  4. Hi, Camille:

    I was wondering if I could use one of your beautiful photos, Paris Dusk (with the chair and its shadow).

    I’m about to start an adjunct to my first blog page, which is kind of like the dark underbelly of the former, and this photo of yours really spoke to me. It’s haunting and lovely and peaceful yet mysterious. I absolutely love it.

    I would, of course, credit you and link to your website.

    Please let me know at your earliest convenience.

    Kind Regards,
    Shelley

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  5. Hi, Shelley. I’m glad you like the photo. It’s fine to use it for your blog.

    Camille

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  6. Hi Camille,
    My name is Libby and I’m a 15 year old art student from South-West England, and as part of my GCSE coursework I chose to study your (amazing!) collages and visual poetry.

    I would absolutely love to hear from you yourself about what inspires you to make your art, the process of putting the collages together etc. to get a more accuate view of what is behind your work.

    I’m sorry if this isn’t the right place to ask such a question (about your art, rather than your poetry), but when i saw your own replies to others’ questions, I couldn’t help but write a quick note!

    I would love to hear back from you whenever possible, and look forward to your reply!

    Libby Norman, Colyton Grammar School

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    • Hi, Libby, thanks for writing! I’m delighted that my collages speak to you. If you email me at

      c8martin at ryerson dot ca

      I’ll be happy to talk to you about them.

      All the best,
      Camille

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