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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.

Presentation

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.

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

MM

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

PL

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

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

AC
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)

06-20-16

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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Great turnout for May 2nd Open Mic

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 4, 2016

The multi-purpose room of the Clearbrook Library came alive with the sound of words Monday night, May 2nd. This third Poetry Open Mic night of 2016 for the Fraser Valley Poets Society included poems about nature, mothers, retirement, feeling blue, and feeling wonderful. There were poetic stories of knights, dragons, swords, and shaman. There were pieces about bats, mountains, drops, a smile, football, and yoga. The variety was a great indicator of the variety of poets in attendance.

FVPS Director Terry Broadworth did a great job of emceeing the evening. She introduced each of the eighteen open mic readers and kept the program on track for the enjoyment of the audience of about 50.  A mid-evening break for coffee and goodies gave opportunity for visiting and networking. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

Our next Poetry Open Mic night is Monday, May 30th at the Clearbrook Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If you’re a local poet who would like to read at our one of our open mic poetry nights, we’d love to have you! You don’t have to be a Fraser Valley Poets Society member to join in.

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Open Mic begins National Poetry Month on the right foot!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 6, 2016

April is National Poetry Month. I hope you’re enjoying something poetic.

Unfortunately I (Violet) wasn’t able to attend last Monday’s poetry night (April 4th). Terry Broadworth who was there writes:

Thank you to all that came out to listen or read their poetry at Monday’s Open Mic. What a delightful evening meeting new folks and greeting old friends.

Thanks for the photo collages, Terry!

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Readers at the April 4 FVPS Open Mic.

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April 4, FVPS Open Mic attendees and readers

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More readers and the audience – April 4, 2016 Open Mic.

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Poetry in the park

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 29, 2015

mill lake event

Poetry reading in Mill Lake Park

Poetry reading – Brayden Sawatzky, T. W. Goodrich, Joe Mrak and Violet Nesdoly (Photo by T.W. Goodrich)

Four poets shared several poems each during a reading time.

We also had a table where we showed off our books, passed out brochures to anyone wanting information, chatted with each other, and even wrote a little poetry.

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Michael and Joe

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by Terry and Erin

Magnetic poetry by alvin

Magnetic poetry by Alvin

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

Magnetic poetry by Violet and some of us, just hanging out.

The Fraser Valley Poets Society now takes a break for the summer.

Please plan to join  us when we begin our fall readings

Monday, September 14th
6:30 – 8:30
Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

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FVPS Spring Events

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 17, 2015

President Brayden Sawatzky began our April 13th reading by recognizing the achievements of two members. Emily Isaacson and Surjeet Kalsey were both honoured at Abbotsford’s recent Arty Awards. Emily Isaacson was nominated for the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate and Surjeet Kalsey won the award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts. Ted Goodrich presented Surjeet with a framed portrait, photographed during the award night celebrations.

 

SK Award

The Blue Moon Reading portion of the evening featured the anthology Borrowed Gardens. Violet Nesdoly was the featured reader. She read from all four sections of the book—poems by three Vancouver area women (Jeannine Bertoia, Del McNulty, and Tracie Fisher)—as well as a few poems of her own.

Violet Nesdoly reads from Borrowed Gardens
The always welcome time of refreshment  was followed by an open mic where seven poets read their work—poems that ranged from sea fantasies, to memories of working in a nursing home and studies of interesting characters.

Open Mic readers April 13, 2015
Thanks to all who came out and made this a fun and memorable evening!

Our next Blue Moon Reading is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for May 4th, when three guests Adriel Brandt, Mackenzie Lee and Olivia Sharpe will share their poetry with us.

There will be an open mic.

Blue Moon Reading
Featuring the poetry of:

Adriel Brandt

Mackenzie Lee

Olivia Sharpe

Monday, May 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

All are welcome to attend this FREE POETRY READING and OPEN MIC.

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How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2015

Welcome to April – National Poetry Month (and that’s no April fool)!

How will you celebrate poetry this month?

One idea is to attend a poetry reading. Fraser Valley Poets Society’s April event is a Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 13th.BG-cover

 

The featured reader that night is Violet Nesdoly, reading from Borrowed Gardens, an anthology of personal poetry by four Vancouver area writers: Jeannine Bertoia, Del McNulty, Tracie Fisher and Nesdoly.

Bertoia and Fisher have both had haiku honoured in Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A poem by McNulty won the top poetry prize of the 2010 Surrey International Writers Conference contest. Come and meet these fine poets through their writing.

There will be an open mic after the Blue Moon Feature.

Blue Moon Reading

April 13 – 6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library, Large Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

 

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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.

 

Fraser Valley Poets Society Blue Moon Reading

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!

Fraser Valley Poets Society Blue Moon Open Mic

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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June open mic

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 7, 2014

A group of seven poets met in a cozy circle Monday, June 2nd, for our June Open Mic. As usual, the poems were varied in subject (nature, relationships, people, the meaning of life—you name it…)  and author with several readers sharing favourite poems of others along with writings of their own. What better way to spend a Monday night than sipping on a coffee or juice, eating homemade cookies, and reading poetry?

 

Fraser Valley Poets Society Open Mic June 2, 2014 collage

Six of the seven June 2nd open mic readers.

Fraser Valley Poets Society will now be taking the summer off. Our next event is September 8th, when we hope to launch a very special anthology honouring our founder, Donna Bishop.

 

September 8, 2014

Launch of Encouragement (Anthology)

& International Literacy Day

6:30-8:30

Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

(On September 8th we will forgo the open mic portion of the evening and focus our attention on the launched book).

Everyone is invited to this free event!

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First 2014 Blue Moon celebrates ‘little creatures’

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 12, 2014

An open mic segment  began the Fraser Valley Poets Society’s April 7th Blue Moon reading—our second reading of 2014. Ten readers performed works on subjects ranging from Malaysian flight 370 to brushing teeth in the shower. Several poets remembered Earth Day and one sang her thoughts in Punjabi.

Fraser Valley Poets Society  open mic readers April 7, 2014

Open mic readers – April 7, 2014

Alvin Ens proved to us that it’s official—our name change from Poets Potpourri Society to Fraser Valley Poets Society. He also announced a book giveaway for our next meeting (see below).

Fraser Valley Poets Society name change certificate

We are now the Fraser Valley Poets Society – name change certificate

Featured reader Robert Martens read from his newest book little creatures (Ekstasis Editions, 2013). The first section of the book, little creatures, has poems with titles like “cocoon to butterfly,” “the plague of the flea,” and “mother mosquito” leading listeners and readers to believe these will be about insects.

“They are about these little creatures,” Martens assured us. “But they’re also about more.” In addition to other poems he read “cricket moods” that speaks in picturesque language about cricket choruses throughout the day but also illustrates the sinister power of voices raised collectively.

From the book’s second section more creatures, looking for a home Martens read the moving poem “father jacob”—a poem about his dad. He ended his reading with the entertaining and tongue-in-cheek “i will not wear purple.”

Robert Martens reads from little creatures

Robert Martens reads from little creatures

As usual, Martens’ reading was entertaining but too short! Sales of his book were brisk, and I now have a copy of my own. Since Monday night, I’ve spent not a little time chuckling over and pondering the poems in this thought-provoking, sometimes prickly, and often humorous collection. (The cover and title page drawings by Heinz Klassen add to the whimsy).

Purchase a copy from Ekstasis Editions.

Our next meeting is Monday, May 5th. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. (note the change from the usual 6:30) to accommodate the membership taking some time to ratify our amended constitution. We hope to have lots of time, as well, for an open mic.

And of course, don’t forget about the FREE BOOKS! Alvin has a box full of poetry and poetry how-to books—part of the estate of a poetry teacher—for poetry buffs to claim and take home

Next meeting:

Open Mic
May 5 – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford B.C.

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New season, new name!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 11, 2014

owl readingFraser Valley Poets Society will be hosting an open mic poetry reading on:

Monday, March 17

6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at the Clearbrook Library

32320 George Ferguson Way,

Abbotsford, BC.

Come to read your latest poems and/or to listen.

Please note we have changed our name from Poets Potpourri Society to Fraser Valley Poets Society. Same great free fare as always!

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