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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

BlueMoon 04-08-13

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Get ready for April—National Poetry Month

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 26, 2013

The beginning of April is just days away and with it comes National Poetry Month. Do you do anything special, poetry-wise, to celebrate it? If you don’t and would like to, here are five suggestions:

internet cafe1. Read a poem a day

Lots of sites post a new poem every day of the year. Some post daily poems just during April. Give these a try (note that many give you the option of subscribing, that is, having the poem delivered to you by email daily):

  • GottaBook– “30 Days, 30 Poets” – Thirty contemporary children’s poets share poems each day of April on Greg K’s blog GottaBook.

notebook-pencil2. Write a poem a day

Several sites provide daily poetry-writing prompts through April. Check out:

  • Poetic Asides (daily prompts beginning April 1st; weekly prompts every Wednesday).
  • Adele Kenny’s The Music In It blog (a prompt for every day in April coming April 1st; a weekly prompt every Saturday)

3. Start your own poetry blog

If you like writing poems and would like to share them with the world, sign up and start blogging for free at:
wordpress.com
blogger.com

owl reading book4. Buy a poetry book

Search your favourite poet on any book-buying site. Many poetry books are now also available for e-readers if that’s what you prefer (though I must say, as much as I love my Kindle, I still prefer reading poetry books in hard copy).

5. Attend a poetry event or reading

Consider this your invitation to ours—the MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 8th.

  • Bring a poem or two to share during the Open Mic segment.
  • Enjoy our special guest, Robert Martens, whose chapbook poltergeist was shortlisted in the 2012 bpNichol award.
Robert Martens - Abbotsford BC poet

Robert Martens – reading an an MSA PPS Blue Moon night in June 2011

Robert Martens
Robert Martens was raised in an ethnic Mennonite community, then time travelled to the years of student revolt at Simon Fraser University. Since then he’s tried to vainly address those contradictions in his poetry. Robert now lives in Abbotsford, where he writes for the periodical of the Mennonite Historical Society. He remains baffled as to how his chapbook, “poltergeist”, was shortlisted for the bpNichol award last year. Perhaps it was—as poetry always is—an act of God.

MSA PPS Blue Moon Reading
April 8, 2013
6:30 − 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Hope to see you there!

And here’s wishing all a poetic April—however you spend it.

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Cozy night launches 2013 reading season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 15, 2013

Reading in a circleThirteen members and guests read around the circle Monday, March 11th, the first MSA PPS Poetry night of the 2013 reading season.

Brayden also announced featured readers for upcoming nights.

April 8th (National Poetry Month) – Robert Martens

May 13 – Nicholas Roberts (launch of a new book!)

June 10 – Emily Isaacson (launch of a new book!)

Mark your calendars and be sure to attend.

(I wasn’t at the March 11th reading so thanks to Alvin Ens for his report of the evening.)

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Get ready for the reading season!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on February 22, 2013

March 11th, our first poetry night of the 2013 reading season, is just around the corner. Poetry reading and performance is an art form all its own. We’ll miss our speech and reading coach Thurlow Gowan.  Performance poet and teacher Renée LaTulippe to the rescue!

Renée has put together a seven-minute video that explains how to prepare for a poetry reading. Have a look/listen, and then get ready for March 11th.

Poetry Night March 11, 2013

6:30-8:30

Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)


32320 George Ferguson Way


Abbotsford, BC

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Emily Isaacson to read

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 16, 2013

To Poets and Poetry Lovers…

Emily Isaacson - Abbotsford poetry reading

Emily Isaacson, at a 2012 poetry reading.

The Poets Potpourri Society would like to invite you to a reading by one of our members.
Emily Isaacson will be doing a poetry reading at the La Casa Coffee Shop at Mt. Lehman Centre in Abbotsford on Friday, January 25th, 2013 from 3pm to 5pm.

Feel free to arrive at any time for a portion of the reading, or come for the entire event.
There will be time for group discussions, and Emily is open to a few of you reading your own
poetry at the event.

Mt. Lehman Centre is across from the Abbotsford Auto Mall at the Freeway #1 Mt. Lehman
exit.

We would appreciate it if you could RSVP just so that we have an advance idea as to how many
people may be showing up (but no RSVP is required for attending).

Here’s hoping to hear from you…

Brayden Sawatzky,  PPS President

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MSA PPS dates to mark for 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 5, 2013

CalendarMark your calendar for these  MSA Poets Potpourri Society reading dates  in 2013:

  • March 11
  • April 8 (National Poetry Month)
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • September 9 (International Literacy Day)
  • October 7

Clearbrook Library (Meeting Room)
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC

6:30-8:30 p.m.

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MSA PPS poets celebrate the season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 30, 2012

We had our last MSA PPS event of 2012—a Christmas potluck—on Wednesday, November 28th.  Rudy and Ruth-Ann graciously hosted us in their beautiful home. Thank you so much!

msa pps Christmas potluck

msa pps Christmas potluck - 2

There were turkey and fixings, salads, veggie dishes and, of course, dessert. Brayden began the meal by reading a poem prayer he composed for the occasion.

msa pps Christmas potluck - poem by Brayden Sawatzky

After dinner we gathered around in the living room for a gift exchange/game. Each person got to pick a wrapped gift when his or her name was drawn.

MSA PPS Christmas potluck - 4

Though the rules of the gift exchange allowed any person, at their turn, to steal anyone else’s gift instead of unwrapping a new one, the exchange proceeded very civilly until near the end, when cheeky Nicholas stole Erin’s gift card. It all ended happily when Erin unwrapped a book that pleased her just as well.

MSA PPS Christmas potluck - 5
November 28th would have been our friend Thurlow’s 100th birthday! We remembered him with a toast by Brayden, a tribute by Erin and the singing of Happy Birthday. How he would have enjoyed this celebration. We do miss him!

MSA PPS Christmas potluck - 6

The MSA Poets Potpourri Society now takes a break until March.

Our first reading of 2013 is scheduled for Monday, March 11th at the Clearbrook Library Meeting Room, 6:30-8:30.

Please check back here for more details closer to the date.

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Reminder

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 7, 2012

November 12, 2012 – MSA PPS Annual General Meeting. (Open to all members.)

Kariton Gallery


2387 Ware Street,

Abbotsford, BC

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The annual membership fee of $15.00 is now due and payable at the AGM.

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Sad news

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 22, 2012

We received word that Thurlow Gowan, our Cascade Poet, passed away late Thursday afternoon, October 18th.

A  Celebration of Life will be held

Tuesday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Bevan Lodge

Bevan Lodge
33386 Bevan Avenue
Abbotsford, BC

Thurlow Gowan at an MSA PPS Blue Moon reading night.

View Thurlow’s obituary in the Vancouver Sun

View Thurlow’s obituary on the Alternatives site (includes a form for Messages)

Our sympathy goes out to Thurlow’s family.

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Final Blue Moon launches Picking Flowers

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 16, 2012

The MSA Poets Potpourri Society members ended the season’s series of public readings on a high note by launching their newest anthology.

Blue Moon Reading and the launch of Picking Flowers

The 160-page volume Picking Flowers – Poems by Thurlow Gowan with Tributes and Poems by Friends was the product of months of work by editors Alvin Ens and Violet Nesdoly. It contains over 50 poems by Thurlow Gowan and comes out just in time for his 100th birthday (November 28th). PPS members contributed to Tributes and Member Poems sections.

The book is a treasury of poems rich in history and rife with homespun wisdom and the pioneer spirit of the Canadian west. (Thurlow grew up in Manitoba and, after stints of beekeeping and logging, taught in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia.) Black-and-white photos sprinkled throughout illustrate the changes one hundred years have brought to Thurlow and the world he and his wife Vivian inhabited.

For the first half of the evening members took turns reading Thurlow’s poems. The fact that we all found something to read that was to our taste speaks of Thurlow’s range in both subject matter and style.

MSA PPS Members read from Picking Flowers

After a refreshment break contributors read their selections from the Tributes and Member Poems.

Socializing during the break

Unfortunately Thurlow was not well enough to attend the evening. His niece Beverly Urschel represented the family. However, a group of MSA PPS members presented Picking Flowers to Thurlow a few days before the launch.

Alvin Ens, Brayden Sawatzky, Thurlow Gowan (holding his book), Nicholas Roberts & Shelley Haggard.

Thanks to Shelley who brought bouquets of carnations. We ended the evening by picking flowers, and everyone took home a memento of the evening.

Picking Flowers is available for purchase ($20).
Contact Alvin Ens

Two more events remain on the MSA PPS 2012 calendar:

  • November 12, 2012 – MSA PPS Annual General Meeting. (Open to all members.)

Kariton Gallery
2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford, BC

OR alternate location (check back for confirmation of meeting place)
6:30-8:30

  • November 29th, 2012 – Christmas get-together (potluck or restaurant meal). (Open to all members and their guests.)

Check back for venue and time.

The annual membership fee of $15.00 is now due and can be paid at the AGM or the Potluck

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