RENGA NIGHT

Renga 2017_webRenga is an old form of Japanese poetry related to Chinese forms of short poems, predating even haiku.  It is a tool for socializing happily, as people sit together and write single two or three-line verses according to content prescribed by a formula.  The Renga Masters (Brendan Hewitt and Czandra) will choose from the verses produced, and link it with the next, and so on, for a total of 18 or 36 verses.

 

This form was used as a safe form for correspondence also:  one poet sends three lines to her friend, who responds in two lines, and back and forth.  Participants should be prepared to enjoy the exercise as a kind of game, but also need to observe the Asian formalism and respect it to some extent!

連歌   the evening will take place in English!
Brendan and Czandra have participated in renga for several years.  Brendan is known in his home town as the Haiku Master.  Czandra compiled and printed hand-made haiku broadsheets for KaDo haiku group two years in a row, which were read consecutive springs at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa.  Both she and Brendan have read for the Japanese Ambassador from their own work.  Both are members of Haiku Canada, and they’re married, with two sons.
The result of the first Renga night at Main & Station in 2015 was published in the online journal, A Hundred Gourds… http://www.ahundredgourds.com

Carole Glasser Langille: 8pm on 1 August at Main & Station

Carole Glasser Langille is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories and two children’s books. She has been nominated for The Governor General’s Award in poetry, The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and, for her last book of short stories, the Alistair MacLeod Award for short fiction.

She has given readings and workshops in South Africa, India, Kauai and Paris, France. She was writer/artist in residence at the Dalhousie Medical School in 2015-2016 and writer in residence at the Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver for February and March, 2017. She teaches Creative Writing: Poetry at Dalhousie University.

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Crows & Omens

POETRY AT THE PO with Miriam Dunn & Julia Heimer Dadds Beebe

TUESDAY, 11 JULY, 2017 at 8PM

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Miriam Dunn has been published in numerous anthologies and online literary journals and released her debut solo collection of poetry, ”Who Will Love the Crow’, with Winter Goose Publishing in 2016. Miriam grew up on the pristine shorelines of Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast where she is a teacher, writer, hat-maker, mother, and dabbler in the visual arts.

 

 

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From Away - Full Bore Mystic at the Minas Basin   (book back cover)

From Away – Full Bore Mystic at the Minas Basin
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Julia Heimer Dadds Beebe  With Dr. Seuss as a strong influence, Julia Heimer Dadds Beebe started writing poetry around age 8. Inspired by Continue reading