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Snowflake Princess launched at June Blue Moon

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 16, 2013

Poets and friends gathered at the Abbotsford Library n Monday June 10th for the Poets Potpourri Society’s June Blue Moon open mic reading and book launch.

Eight open mic readers entertained us with poems on many subjects from the last day of school to the heroism of the gamer,  the joys and challenges of motherhood to musings on a Tennessee storm.

Blue Moon open mic readers - June 10/13
After the break special guest Carol Todd shared her passion to help kids deal with the realities of  their cyber-world. She told us how she was taking a year out of her life as a long-time advocate for kids (she’s a special needs teacher) to advocate for her daughter (Amanda Todd) whose death after unbearable bullying was eight months from the night of the reading.

Emily’s book, Snowflake Princess, was especially significant to her because “Princess Snowflake” was the playful nickname she called Amanda. Carol reminded us how appropriate a snowflake is in describing our children and teens, with their beauty, uniqueness, and fragility.

Nicholas Roberts introduced Emily, after which she launched her book Snowflake Princess by reading selections from this prose-poetry book.

Snowflake Princess launch - June 10, 2013
The poems employ various voices: Ivory—the Snowflake Princess;  Ebony—her mother and a young naturalist and poet; and the Philosopher—Ivory’s father (latter selections read by Brayden Sawatzky).   The poems delve into  tragedy and suffering, and seek to find their meaning through poetry and symbolism.

Launch of Snowflake Princess - Emily Isaacson

Congratulations, Emily, on another beautiful book!

The Poets Potpourri Society will be taking a summer break  but will return on September 9th to celebrate International Literacy Day. Please check back for details closer to the event.


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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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Blue Moon Reading – April 8

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2013

BlueMoon 04-08-13

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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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Poetry for breakfast

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on January 10, 2013

MSA PPS poets

Photo © 2013 – Shelley Haggard

The five  MSA PPS poets who went for breakfast on Wednesday (January 9th). Sure looks like they’re having a good time. Stay tuned. A February breakfast meeting may be in the works!

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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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