A Celebration of Poetry

celebrationPoetry is not a big part of my reading life, but that’s not to say it hasn’t been important – as evidenced in “An Intimate Examination of Sock Fluff”, a keynote I delivered at a conference a few years ago.

In 2015 Brick Books celebrates 40 years of publishing poetry in Canada with what promises to be a wonderful year-long conversation on their website.

In the first week alone, the conversation included articles about Margaret Avison presented by John B. Lee, James Reaney presented by his family, Anne-Marie Turza presented by Lorna Crozier, and Anne Hébert presented by André Vanasse.

Next week will feature an article by me. Check in at Brick Books – or my Twitter profile – to see which poet and poem I opted to feature. (If you’re a regular follower of my blog, my choice may not surprise you.)

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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  1. Janet Barclay on January 17, 2015 at 2:25 am

    What a great idea! Poetry doesn't get nearly the attention that it deserves. I'll look forward to seeing your choice of poem and poet.

  2. Kathy Stinson on February 3, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Hope you enjoyed it, Janet, now that it's up. Another I could have mentioned is Caroline Pignat, whose recent novel, The Gospel Truth, is written in free verse and multiple points of view. Is there a poem or poet you'd like to tell people about?

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