Poetry Night with Richard Dittami

On Tuesday, September 6 at 8pm come out for Poetry at the PO with featured poet Richard Dittami.

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Retired from the Laborers International Union, Richard Dittami is a poet from Massachusetts who first came to Nova Scotia on a walkabout in 2003 and has been back every year since.

Richard writes constantly and has done so for many a year.  He has read at various venues in both Massachusetts and Nova Scotia.

Poem
Xmas 2011
Christmas
Mid morning
Churches dot the country side
Shouldering with Jesus fumes like stubbed out cigarettes.
Wrapping paper is torn and crumpled
Feasts split open like overripe fruit.
High tide of Xmas.
The collective psyche returns
like schooling fish to open water…

LIMBS & THRESHOLDS ~ Oana Avasilichioaei

8:30 pm on Saturday, 10 September at Main & Station, 168 Main Street, Parrsboro, NS (Parrsboro’s old Post Office)

LIMBS & THRESHOLDS, an immersive multimedia performance of poetic texts, involving layered voices and live vocal play, sampled sounds, effects pedals, a theremin, and textured projections of poems and images (created in collaboration with Jessie Altura). In a world where the political, linguistic and bodily border is a place of strife and violence, LIMBS & THRESHOLDS explores ways of rethinking the border by breaking down the boundaries between word and sound, sense and resonance, original and translation, image and reflection. Based on Avasilichioaei’s recent book Limbinal (Talonbooks 2015), the performance presents a series of phonotopes, in-between places of sound and figure, orchestral and in flux, generative and inhabited.

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Oana Avasilichioaei’s current interests include polylingualisms, intermediary spaces, and migrations between word, sound and image. She explores the transgressions and aural possibilities of these terrains through poetry, translation, performance, and sound work. She has published five poetry collections, including We, Beasts (Wolsak & Wynn 2012, winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry) and most recently Limbinal (Talonbooks 2015), a hybrid, multi-genre poetic work on notions of borders, as well as six translations of poetry and prose from French and Romanian. Her work has been made into a documentary on poets and orality, reinvented into video poems, and set to music for soprano and violin. She lives in Montreal (www.oanalab.com).

THRESHOLDS excerpt: https://vimeo.com/142337608

Interview about this work in The Puritan: http://puritan-magazine.com/limbinal-and-its-performances-an-interview-with-oana-avasilichioaei/

Doors open at 7:30 pm.

This event is PWYC / By Donation.  Your generosity is appreciated.  

This performance is made possible by the generosity of hosts and organizers such as The Inverness County Centre for the Arts and Main & Station Nonesuch as well as with the support of the Quebec Writers Federation and the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013 – 2018 Education, Immigration, Communities.

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Editing & Poetry workshops (and more!) with Sandra Stephenson

Editor, teacher, and poet Sandra Stephenson is in Parrsboro for a Nonesuch Residency from now until late September.

She will be hosting 2 workshops during that time, a Poetry Workshop on Wednesday afternoons and an Editing Workshop on Thursday afternoons.

For more information, visit the workshop pages here: Poetry Workshop and here: Editing Workshop.

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While she is here Sandra will also be offering Sivananda Yoga on Tuesdays and Fridays and a ceremonial drumming evening on 27 August.

On 9 September, Czandra will be reading her poetry live alongside poet Darryl Whetter at Main & Station’s Nonesuch Café and if you miss that, or want to see them again, they will be performing together on 10 September at Truro’s Noveltea Bookstore & Cafe.

And if you like to be read aloud to, or to read aloud, join us weekday mornings, Tuesday – Friday, from 11am for Bruce Chatwin’s ‘On the Black Hill’ and other literary treats.