8 pm, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Q Space / 382 College Street (between Spadina & Bathurst)
After readings in Cobourg, Vancouver, Montreal, Detroit, Columbus, and Lafayette to celebrate the publication of LOOMS, I’m bringin’ it home to Toronto at the ART BAR on Thursday, April 9. My superb co-readers are playwright and poet Adam Seelig (EVERY DAY IN THE MORNING (SLOW)) and poet Jim Johnstone (PATTERNICITY)!
Click here for details at the Facebook invitation:
Posted in bookstore, poetry, poetry reading
Tagged Adam Seelig, Art Bar, Camille Martin, Every Day in the Morning (Slow), Jim Johnstone, Looms, Patternicity, poetry reading, Q Space
Despite a freak mid-spring snowstorm, diehard Montreal poetry lovers trudged over to Argo Bookshop to hear Oana Avasilichioaei and me read from our recently-released collections: Oana from We, Beasts
and me from Looms
Below are some photos from the reading, which was watched over by muses Kerouac and Whitman.
There’s also a photo of Zen Snowcat, which I sculpted in my hotel room and promised to send any who braved the snowdrifts to attend. Zen Snowcat says: “Each snowflake falls in the right place.” No complaints.
Many thanks to Jean-Pierre Karwacki of Argo Bookshop for hosting the reading and to Erin Moure for the photographs of me in the slideshow below.
And for any Montrealers unable to attend the reading, We, Beasts
are both available for purchase at Argo Bookshop.
Posted in bookstore, poetry, poetry reading
Tagged Argo Bookshop, Camille Martin, Erin Moure, Jean-Pierre Karwacki, Looms, Montreal, Oana Avasilichioaei, poetry reading, We Beasts
The day before my reading at UBC’s Robson Series, I was fortunate to be able to attend a reading featuring Nicole Brossard, John Barton, and Catherine Owen at the Vancouver Public Library, as part of the Vancouver Writers Fest.
I took some photographs at the reading, which I offer here as a slide show. There are some especially nice moments in a collaborative reading by Nicole Brossard and Fred Wah.
I hope you enjoy the images!
There was a full house for the farewell Robson Reading on Thursday, March 14. Many thanks to Kristen Wong, Dina Del Bracchia, Shirley Stevenson, and Anne-Mary Mullen, who organized this reading, to the tech people who videotaped it, and to my co-readers, Barry Webster and Andrew Kaufman.
Here’s a slideshow of photos that I took at the reading. Thanks to Meredith Quartermain for taking the photos of me.
On Tuesday, March 19, I’ll be reading with Oana Avasilichioaei at Montreal’s Argo Bookshop. The event will celebrate our respective poetry collections published in 2012: Oana’s We, Beasts
(Wolsak & Wynn) and my Looms
(Shearsman Books). If you’re in Montreal on March 19, please join us.
Wolsak & Wynn, 2012
I’ve been happily engrossed in Oana’s We, Beasts
and offer here a sample prior to our reading. The poems in this collection, inspired by fairy tales and fables, have a luminous quality, despite the darkness at their core.
where the old road curls into pale blue sky
where rock and pine distill a blurred horizon
backs bend and are divided into valleys
glorified in a field of flags
the Tyrant marches in tight ranks
spells out MOTHER, DIGNITY, FORCE
the story goes like this:
only a hungry ear, a mouth
law speaks in quivers, whips
line by line months break
(here is no child’s game)
incessant in smiles the Tyrant governs
a fist of furrows, knobbed, arthritic
—No peasants, no sepulchres, no bones. A tower, open-mouthed, with no one above its crater.
—No soil that speaks of living, no deity that trains the dying.
—Ruins of a luxury hotel wither two hundred years in the fields. Such is a hospitality of vestiges. Such is finesse. The lastingness.
—Fearful of fevers, no one enters.
—In such peasantless fields, wounds gape uninhabited.
Posted in poetry, poetry press, poetry reading
Tagged Argo Bookshop, Camille Martin, Looms, Oana Avasilichioaei, poetry, poetry reading, Shearsman Books, We Beasts, Wolsak & Wynn
The Skylab Gallery is an alternative artspace at a loft in downtown Columbus, Ohio. One room remains bare–great for art exhibitions and performance art. The other room with its six huge windows and cushy sofas has the feel of a bohemian coffee shop–poetry reading heaven.
The evening I was there featured an electrifying performance by Adam Rose of Antibody Corporation
, a Chicago dance troupe, as well poetry readings (also juiced) by John M. Bennett, Wendy Lee Spacek, and myself. Many thanks to poet James Payne for inviting me.
Before the Skylab Gallery reading in Columbus, I went out with John and Cathy Bennett for a bite to eat. We had time to kill, so they suggested collaborating on cinquains
Cathy published them on her blog
. Have a look-see.