Poetry month is fast approaching and I am already thrilled by the fine selection on offer from Canada’s poetry publishers this spring.
I am eagerly anticipating the full slate of new collections published by Nightwood Editions this season. I have started reading Elizabeth Bachinsky’s The Hottest Summer in Recorded History and Sara Peter’s 1996, published by House of Anansi press, and a blog post about both of these lovely books is starting to take shape.
Russell Thornton has a brand new collection Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain with Harbour Publishing that I am keen to dig into, and Tim Bowling’s Selected Poems is out in hardcover which is a terrific achievement from one of Canada’s best poets. Afloat by John Reibatanz, For Display Purposes Only by David Seymour, The Civic-mindedness of Trees by Ken Howe and A Nervous City by Chris Pannell will round out the rest of my spring reading list.
As for my own scribbling, I wish I was writing more poetry at this time of year, but teaching and being a father keep me occupied. I hope to finish my poetry chapbook Invaders sometime in late summer, and a manuscript of essays I have been gathering together over the last couple of years is in the final stages.
Finally, the poet Barry Dempster was kind enough to ask me to be part of a Canadian Poetry celebration at the Richmond Hill Public Library on April 6 from 1-4 pm. Barry and I will be reading along side fantastic poets John Steffler, Susan Gillis, Maureen Scott Harris, and Susan Glickman. It should be a fun afternoon.