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Blue Moon for Spirit Path

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 17, 2016

A Blue Moon reading and book launch were the features of FVPS’s first poetry night after the summer break, September 12th.

Brayden Sawatzky, Erin Fisher and Michael Linburg, co-creators of the just published anthology Spirit Path began the evening by each reading selections from their segments of the book.

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Brayden, Erin & Michael pose with Spirit Path (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

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Brayden Sawatzky (Photo © 2016 b V. Nesdoly)

Brayden intrigued us all with four poems from his “Garden of Poets” section—21 poems that describe inspiration he has gained from the society and individual members of it. He supplements these poems with quotes from the Bible and other sources.What a gracious and affirming beginning to a book by three authors.

He also read from other sections of the book. A poem of his I found particularly poignant begins:

“On highways to our destinations
traveling with our heaviness
wishing for lightness of being
our cares will slow us to a stop
dangerously close to devastation…” – from “Lightness of Being” – p. 61.

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Erin Fisher (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Erin Fisher surprised us all by presenting writings of hers longer than just a few lines. But even in the longer selections, her poems retain the cryptic distillation of which she is such a master. The three sections: “early, early words,” “early words,” and “later words” illustrate how she has grown in the skill of editing herself, stripping away all that is extraneous to the sinew and bone of metaphor and suggestion. To wit:

“in my mind’s eye a friend,
a bond that cannot be grasped,
would you interrupt every snowflake
to verify its beauty?” – from “early words” p. 156.

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Michael Linburg (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Michael Linburg entertained, probed, and inspired us with his well-crafted pieces. He delivered the clever ending to his poem “Randomness” with just the amount of deadpan its punchline wanted:

“And if by chance
You happen to find
That things are not falling
The way you want
There is the distinct possibility
That it was me” – “from “Randomness,” p. 214.

But it was his poem “I Am,” full of its hard-earned affirmations that will stick with me long past the evening.

Well done, you three (and Alvin Ens, who got the book ready for the press)! This 266-page book sells for $20. Contact Brayden Sawatzky for details on how to get your own copy.

After a short break for refreshments, catching up, buying books etc., we reassembled for the open mic portion of the evening. Thirteen poets delivered the usual varied smorgasbord of poems, from our founder Donna Bishop’s rendition of “Encouragement’ to Terry Broadworth’s poem about learning to love herself. (Only 12 are pictured. I read too but there is no photographic proof.)

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September 12, 2016 FVPS Open Mic readers (Photos © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Thanks to all who came out to read and listen!

Now mark your calendars for our next poetry night, Monday, October 3rd (6:30-8:30 p.m., Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). It will be another Blue Moon Reading featuring Robert Martens reading from his most recent book Hush. An open mic will follow so come prepared to share something with us.

Also, remember that the deadline for submitting to our 2017 anthology in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday is quickly approaching (October 15th). See all the details on the Home page.

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Book launch a 2015 highlight

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on November 5, 2015

The meeting room at the Clearbrook Library was buzzing with excitement Monday night, November 2nd, for the launch of Terry Broadworth’s debut collection of poems, A Poets Passion Revisited.

Over 50 friends, supporters and FVPS members listened to her read from her collection—poems about people, nature, life, love and travel. Especially enjoyable were her poems about people—co-workers and family members—full of warmth, humour, and the caring that came full circle to bless her back in the many friends that came out to enjoy this special day with her.

Terry Broadworth launches A Poets Passion Revisited - Congratulations, Terry!

Terry Broadworth launches A Poets Passion Revisited – Congratulations, Terry! Job well done.  (Photos by V. Nesdoly)

After a 30-minute break of more celebrating with cake, assorted goodies, chatting, book buying and signing (with Ted Goodrich doing brisk business at the book table), we went into the Open Mic part of the evening.

Miss Miya started us off by taking us back, with her charming get-up and poems, to the ’60s. Jody and Satwant read selections from Terry’s book, Violet shared several poems about the writing life, Erin’s reading was short and thought-provoking as usual, Alvin opined about the results of the recent election, Michael recited one of his writings by memory, and Brayden ended the evening by reading “Valley Fall,” a beautiful ode to the season from the FVPS anthology River of Words.

Thanks to all who came out and made this evening a special event, and to Terry for the beautiful book and festive touches!

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Open Mic Readers: Miss Miya, Jody, Violet, Satwant, Erin, Alvin, Michael, Brayden (Photos by V. Nesdoly)

Our next and final reading night of 2015 is on November 16th

  • 6:30-8:30
  • Clearbrook Library
  • 32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.

That night Alvin will launch a new book and there will also be Open Mic time.

Don’t forget,  our Annual General Meeting is coming up! FVPS members, please note the change in date of the AGM.

  • November 18th.
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library.

Your attendance and willingness to help will ensure that FVPS can continue as a support and outlet for Fraser Valley poets.

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Last spring reading launches another book!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 17, 2015

An excellent and happy meeting of the Fraser Valley Poets Society took place on June 15th.

Michael Linburg launched his new book All My Paths Are One.

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

There were new faces to meet and greet (always a happy sign).

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Poetry readings were many and varied, with the original theme of summer, then a second reading of whatever was available.

Some of the June 15th open mic readers (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Some of the June 15th open mic readers  (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

In brief, a good time was had by all with lots of drinks and cookies etc.

– Report and photos by T. W. Goodrich

Though we will be taking a break from formal readings for July and August, FVPS will be part of the Abbotsford Arts Council Meet and Mingle in the Park event on June 27th (Mill Lake Park near Kariton Gallery on Ware St.) – 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Come by, say hello (we’ll have our own clearly marked table), and if you’re around between 2:30 – 2:50, you might just hear some of us read as part of the afternoon’s entertainment.

 

Our next Clearbrook Library reading is scheduled for:

September 14th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way

More details to come as they are available.

For more photos of Monday’s reading and to keep informed about all FVPS events, check out FRASER VALLEY POETS SOCIETY on Facebook.

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pssst – a couple of quick announcements

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 17, 2014

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Fraser Valley Poets Society is holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, October 20th, 1:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room of the Clearbook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford, B.C.). Please come out to review the year that was and help plan for the future!

 

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FVPS member Surjeet Kalsey’s book Rung Mandal is being released by the Punjabi Literature Society on October 18th, 2014 at the Heritage Sikh Temple Hall. Time is 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Congratulations Surjeet!

 

 

 

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Look up, way up to your browser bar. Notice the change (from http://poetspotpourrisociety.com) to http://fraservalleypoets.com!

If our old URL is in all your bookmarks, don’t worry. Domain mapping will take care of delivering you safely to the site for another few months. But please change your records to http://fraservalleypoets.com for when domain mapping runs out.

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Last Blue Moon of 2014 launches Of Wind and Flame

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 8, 2014

A book launch is always exciting. When that book is the project of two poets, the energy and joy is doubled. Monday, October 6th was such a time for Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale as they unveiled their joint project Of Wind and Flame. It’s a book not only easy on the eye, but a pleasure to the ear as well.

Brayden began the reading, modestly introducing himself as the warmup act before the main feature. He chose selections from the book that challenged us “…to touch the heart of ancient ways / for spirit paths to call your name” (from “Ancient Ways” p. 66); to “follow your heart / into the adventure of love” (from “With All of Your Heart” p. 79); and to build the bonfires that “…dance / upon the tombs of our regrets” (from “Koinonia” p. 93).

Bridget charmed us all with her lilitingly British-accented reading of these Celtic flavoured poems:

Drums, drums, multiple drums
The wizards and the witches in the wind
are crying all the way from Quileute to Zennor, … (from “Missal for Earthsaints,” p. 15);

and

You are us, O Blaidd, O Wolf
You are family, clan and tribe.

Maided Allaidh, O dear wild dog,
… I behold you now
on Wolfmoon Day… (from “Merlin’s Song to the Wolf” p. 21);

and my favourite:

…this cleaning of the board and trenchers
after all are done with eating and have
returned to work and to the world—
perhaps more sacred even than the happy
preparation… (from “Washing Up” p. 61).

 

Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale read from Of Wind and Flame

Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale read from Of Wind and Flame

 

This book is a treasure! You’ll want one. I’ll post purchase information as soon as I get it.

 

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Bridget Porter Oldale and Brayden Sawatzky pose with their cake at the launch of  Of Wind and Flame

Coffee, cake (provided by our founder Donna Bishop), and other refreshments were followed by the open mic part of the night. Thirteen readers read pieces that went the gamut from exploring the meaning of Saskatchewan’s “Living Sky” to a tongue-in-cheek look at how the world would run if God were a woman.

Thanks so much to Stuart Oldale for providing a good quality mic for the evening!

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Some of the open mic readers at the October 6th Blue Moon Reading

It’s hard to believe that the 2014 reading year is now over. But the high note on which the year ended augurs well for next year. Plans are underway. The Fraser Valley Poets Society has booked the library for the following reading dates in 2015:

  • March 23
  • April 13
  • May 4
  • June 15
  • September 14
  • October 5, 2015.  Mark your calendars!

Another important event is just around the corner as well. Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 20th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Clearbrook Library Seminar Room. Members, please come out to review the year that was and help make plans for the future!

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Last Blue Moon reading night of the season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 22, 2014

The last Blue Moon reading night of the 2014 season, MONDAY, OCTOBER 6,  will launch Of Wind and Flame, a project of two FVPS poets: Bridget Porter Oldale, and our president Brayden Sawatzky.

The open mic portion of the evening will follow the book launch and refreshments.

FVPS Blue Moon Reading poster for October 6, 2014

The Clearbrook Library is located at
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

Everyone is invited to this FREE EVENT!

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FVPS Founder Launches Book at 90

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 10, 2014

A crowd of friends, family, and Fraser Valley Poets Society members were on hand Monday, September 8th, to launch Encouragement: Writings by Donna Bishop with tributes and poems by friends.

Donna’s cab was late and it felt like waiting for the bride! A round of applause met her entry and the program began. President Brayden Sawatzky led off by welcoming everyone and reading a poem (notice the vintage Poets Potpourri buttons on his hat).

Editor of the book Alvin Ens explained how he assembled the book by consulting with Donna and her family, looking through old PPS anthologies, contacting former members, and canvassing all and sundry for photos.

Violet Nesdoly, co-editor, talked about the member poems section and read snippets to show the book’s variety and whet readers’ appetites for more.

Rhonda Nicholls, Donna’s daughter, expressed her family’s thanks for the work put into the book by FVPS members. “You managed to capture the essence of who Mom is,” she told Ens.

Then Donna took the mic and, after  opening comments, read selections from Encouragement.  Just two weeks shy of her 90th birthday, her voice was strong, her reading clear, and she kept us all spellbound.

Shelley Haggard and Jaye Low (one of PPS’s former presidents) rounded out the first half of the evening by giving Donna their congratulations and reading.

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Break time was taken up with photos, reunions, book sales and food!

 

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During the second half of the program, FVPS contributors read their tributes or poems  from the anthology part of the book. A long-time family friend concluded the evening with his memories and warm congratulations.  The time to disband came much too soon!

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Our  2014 Blue Moon Reading Series concludes with a final reading on October 6th when Brayden Sawatzky and Bridget Porter Oldale will launch a book. Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate with us the birth of another volume of Canadian poetry! 

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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.

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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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Fourth PPS Book Launch of 2013 ends Blue Moon Season

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on October 9, 2013

The reading year for the Poets Potpourri Society ended on a high note Monday, October 7th with the launch of Satwant Pander’s newest book, The Healing Power of Nature. This was the fourth book launched by a PPS member in a Blue Moon reading in 2013!

Seven readers shared the Open Mic segment that preceded the launch. It contained the usual poetic variety, though on this evening it seemed that nature poems edged out other subjects in popularity.

PPS Open Mic readers - October 7, 2013

PPS Open Mic readers – October 7, 2013

During the break, Ruth-Ann Braun sold raffle tickets on a basket of farm produce that Braun Acres generously donated (proceeds of the raffle to PPS).  The draw was made right after the intermission with Shelley Haggard winning a gift bag donated by a local credit union and Violet Nesdoly the lucky winner of farm fresh herbs and vegetables, a dozen free-range eggs, a bottle of wine and a to-be-arranged Harvest Dinner at Braun Acres.

Blue Moon reading break for refreshments. Raffle produce basket courtesy Braun Acres.

Blue Moon reading break for refreshments. Raffle produce basket courtesy Braun Acres.

Satwant began her book launch by reading a few poems from The Healing Power of Nature. Then she invited a group of friends, colleagues, and family members to pose for a  photo with each holding a copy of the book. Following this, people from the group took turns to either to read a selection they had chosen or comment on the book as a whole. Members of the Founding Punjabi Literary Association of Abbotsford, The Central Association of Punjabi Writers of North America, and the members of Punjabi Writers Forum joined poets from the Poets Potpourri Society in launching The Healing Power of Nature.

Blue Moon book launch readers - The Healing Power of Nature

Punjabi and Canadian writers read from and comment on The Healing Power of Nature.

In addition to poems praising nature  Satwant’s book has poems about family, writing, her admiration of the Creator, and the meaning of life. And so it was interesting to note what people chose to read and the various aspects of Satwant’s writing that spoke to different individuals.

Satwant Pander reads from her book The Healing Power of Nature.

Satwant Pander reads from her book The Healing Power of Nature.

Of course along with the readings came many congratulations from members of PPS and the Indo Canadian Literary Society on this handsome hardcover volume of poetry, photographs and quotes. Well done, Satwant!

All in all  It was a beautiful and varied multicultural evening, and a wonderful way to end another season of Blue Moon readings.

Satwant Pander, signing books after the launch.

Satwant Pander, signing books after the launch.

 

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Our next event is the Annual General Meeting

Kariton Gallery

2387 Ware Street [Mill Lake Park], Abbotsford, B.C.,

Monday, October 21st 

6:30 p.m.

All members are asked to attend.

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Join us for the last Blue Moon reading of 2013

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on September 19, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

PPS Blue Moon Reading October 7, 2013

Praise for Satwant’s book:

“As lovers of God’s creation in nature, Satwant Pander’s book The Healing Power of Nature pulled me into its pages. In her poem on Page 13, the line “The tree keeps me company when I am alone” –  how true! Nice to see her daughter Kiran’s comment – page 10  and also Soul to Soul, page 70″ – Donna Bishop (Founder of Poets Potpourri Society).

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