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National Poetry Month off to a good start

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 9, 2013

Members of MSA PPS and their friends got National Poetry Month off to a great start on Monday, April 8th.

Eleven readers participated in the open mic portion of the evening sharing poems on subjects as varied as playing games to the nature of poetry itself. A couple of voices from the past joined us when Brayden Sawatzky read Thurlow Gowan’s “Tom Connors” and Alvin Ens read William Henry Drummond’s “Leetle Bateese.” Alvin also reminded us of the Dr.  William Henry Drummond poetry contest (deadline on April 15th) in which he and Shelly Haggard have placed in previous years.

MSA PPS Open mic

MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading – open mic readers

MSA PPS Open Mic

More open mic and mingling during the break


After a a break we heard from featured reader Robert Martens. He told how surprised he was to discover his chapbook Poltergeist had made the bpNichol competition shortlist (seeing as how he hadn’t even entered the competition).

He told the story of the setting and read “triumph of the will (1975)” from Poltergeist. Other poems he shared included “i take my coffee black” (p. 11 of this PDF) and “Mother Cedar.” All  were met with enthusiastic applause.


Robert Martens at MSA PPS Blue Moon reading

Featured Blue Moon reader Robert Martens


Thank you to all readers and especially Robert for a most enjoyable evening!


Now mark your calendars for the next Blue Moon Reading, scheduled for May 13th (6:30 − 8:30, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). On that night we’re hoping to celebrate the publication Nicholas Roberts’ new book. There will also be an open mic.

More to check out:

  • Two new books by Emily Isaacson:

Hours from a Convent

The Two Olive Trees

  • Write! Vancouver – a  conference for writers (May 24 & 25). Workshops include sessions for poets – details HERE.

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