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Posts Tagged ‘Alvin Ens’

Summer Solstice poetry

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 22, 2016

Fraser Valley poets gathered to ring in summer with poetry on the night of the summer solstice.


AEWe began the evening with a short presentation by Alvin Ens on “What Makes a Poem Good?” The ten items he listed are tools any poet does well to tuck into their toolkit:
1. Interesting thought.
2. Emotion.
3. Good vocabulary with connotative words.
4. Imagery.
5. Conciseness.
6. Originality.
7. Sound effects.
8. Visual effects.
9. Concreteness (vs. abstraction).
10. Rhythm and rhyme (especially if it’s a more traditional poem).

Thank you, Alvin, for an informative and useful presentation!

Open Mic

During the open mic portion of the evening we enjoyed an interesting variety of poems from fifteen readers.

Though they’re not all pictured here in multiples, the variety of poses I captured during the reading got me thinking about how a poetry reading is not only about the words of the poem read but also about  tone of voice and body language. It’s a multi-sensory performance—and experience for the audience!

Reading a poem

Reading a poem’s
more than reading just words
about showers or summer
or hockey or birds.

It’s grimaces, eye flicks
a grin or a frown.
It’s where you are looking
upward or down.


It’s words clearly spoken
precisely intoned
to embellish the writing
you’ve carefully honed.


It’s mystery rhythms
that beat soft to loud
you’re part of the story
enchanting the crowd.

It’s significant pause
of emotional choke,
the punchline delivery
of a well-told joke.

Then hand over the mic
to the next girl or guy
while audience claps,
sighs a satisfied sigh.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


June 20, 2016 –  Open Mic readers

FVPS will be taking a break from organized poetry nights during the summer. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed about summer activities of interest to poets in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area. But we’ll be back on Monday, September 12th, 6:30 at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford) for more poetry and to celebrate International Literacy.


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The celebration has begun!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 1, 2014

On Thursday, August 28th, FVPS president Brayden Sawatzky, along with editors Alvin Ens and Violet Nesdoly presented Donna Bishop with her own copy of Encouragement.

Fraser Valley Poets Society anthology, Encouragement

Alvin Ens, Violet Nesdoly, Donna Bishop (holding Encouragement), Brayden Sawatzky

It was wonderful to have her daughter and two sons  on hand to celebrate with Mom.

Fraser Valley Poets Society anthology Encouragement

Back: Randy Bishop, Rhonda Nicholls, Rod Bishop
Front: Donna Bishop holding her book.

We present Donna with Encouragement

Rectangle of leaves,
her collected poems, prose
her Encouragement.
Daughter, two sons see eyes shine:
gathered fruit of a lifetime.

© 2014 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)


The celebration continues at Encouragement‘s public launch:

Monday, September 8th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way,
Abbotsford, B.C.

The Encouragement anthology will be available for purchase:
$15.00 / $12.00 (for members)

Hear readings from the book. Come for refreshments.


Everyone is welcome at this free event!


There will be no Open Mic on September 8th.

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Blue Moon shines again

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 12, 2013

On September 9th the Poets Potpourri Society resumed after taking the summer off.

To honour International Literacy Day, Sharon Crowley from Literacy Matters Abbotsford began the evening by telling us about some of the literacy programs available for all ages through her organization. (For information, check out their website).

Ten poets took advantage of the Open Mic segment, reading poems on an array of subjects, from summer to surgery, intellect to alienation, saying farewell to savouring the wine of life.

PPS Blue Moon readers 09-09-13

Literacy Matters Abbotsford guest Sharon Crowley (top right) and five of the PPS open mic readers 09/09/13.

More PPS open mic readers.  What poets eat (bottom right)

More PPS open mic readers.
What poets eat (bottom right)

After coffee time, featured reader Alvin Ens introduced his latest book, Must Have A Sense of Humour.

Violet and Irene, Alvin’s wife, read prose pieces from this witty collection, written over years with many prize-winning and previously published pieces in the bunch. Alvin concluded the reading by sharing several of the book’s poems. If anyone left frowning, it certainly wasn’t  his fault.

Alvin Ens launches Must Have A Sense of Humour  09-09-13

Irene and Alvin Ens launch Must Have A Sense of Humour 09/09/13

Now mark your calendars for our next and final Blue Moon Reading of the 2013 season. It will take place on October 7th (6:30-8:30, Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford). Our featured reader that evening will be Satwant Pander. She will launch her collection of English poems and photographs—The Healing Power of Nature. (Poster coming soon!)

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Blue Moon reading launches another book!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on August 7, 2013

Our next Blue Moon Reading is just a bit over a month away. Plan to celebrate International Literacy Day with us as Alvin Ens launches his new book Must Have a Sense of Humour: musings over a lifetime of writing. Details are on the poster below.

PPS Blue Moon Reading poster - Sept. 9, 2013

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