Survived another National Poetry Month, and my second since being back in Canada. It isn't quite the frenetic pace of a New York National Poetry month which features so much all at once--including of course the fabulous Poets House Poetry Show Case. The highlight for me? The National Post. They did a great job featuring a poet a day. Nice range, subtle, not too much fan fare--although those little interviews can be very revealing. It was good to see some familiar faces, and to get a little taste of some people I don't yet know. Some favorites? Pasha Malla, Margaret Christakos, Mitchel Parry, Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen, David Seymour, Stuart Ross, Katia Gubrisic, Anita Lahey, Caroline Smart, and of course, Erin Moure. Thanks to Mark Medley for that. And for including yours truly.
Very happy to see a review of Expressway over at Quill & Quire.
The strangeness over at Harriet kept me away of that site for much of the month. New comment rules and protocols in place may make a change.
Globe & Mail's daily online reviews are welcome, I hope they keep that up.
Highlights here on Lemon Hound for me were Chris Hutchinson reading Jeramy Dodds and my conversation with Adam Sol.
Always energetic Book Ninja serves up some vintage Atwood footage.
May will see Steve Evans' annual Notes to Poetry released one day at time--this is a favorite of mine and an excellent snapshot of who is reading what. We begin with Rae Armantrout.
Memorial reading for Derek Weiler in Toronto. Very sad loss for Canadian publishing.