Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Poetry Bloomed

Poetry bloomed at Brodie Street Library last night although not all poets stuck to the theme of "flowers." Roy Blomstrom cheated by pointing out the "bloom" in his last name - fair enough because the audience appreciated his poem and many others.

NOWW president Daniel Klein wittily introduced the bouquet of local poets who delighted and surprised.

Also to the aid of local poety comes the Ontario Council of the Arts, an Ontario provincial government organization, which has awarded a grant to five of Thunder Bay's leading poets who will collaborate on a new collection of northern poems. The poets are Sue Blott, Mary Frost, Sharon Irvine, Sherri Lankinen and Cathy Carroll. We look forward to the venture. The name of the new book: "Core Samples," a title both northern and deep.

To round out the evening Daniel Klein read a short and sharp selection from the novel "The Withdrawal Method" by Pasha Malla. Malla has agreed to be the judge of the memoirs category in NOWW's 2010 writing contest. Malla has contributed to the CBC, Esquire, The Walrus, McSweeney's and the Globe and Mail. "The Withdrawal Method" won the Trillium Award and was chosen by both the Globe and the National Post as book of the year.

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