April 1, 2012: Fools rush in

As the song says, Fools rush in, and the last thing I need is to start another project right now. Along with nine other poets and fifteen prose writers, I’ve completed the 2011 Wired Writers’ Studio, started at Banff in October, 2011. Since then we’ve sent our mentors work each week, and have hopefully come up with the manuscripts we wanted.

Marco Fraticelli and I have finished editing the 35th annual Haiku Canada’s Members’ Anthology, Touch of a Moth. (Scrivener Press, 2012) No one will get to see it until the Haiku Canada Weekend in Toronto near the end of May. It will be launched at the conference banquet. Heads up though, it’s gorgeous, its cover designed with a special ‘mark’ made at our request by Heather A. macDonald. A mark, not a painting; our roots are in Japan, but Japanese forms in North America have developed differently from in Japan. Members will want to order extra copies at 40% discount. No peeks though, until May.

The Call and Response project, (SPAO and rob mclennan)poets responding to photographs at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa, is nearly over. I am so pleased to be part of this, and fortunate to respond to the very special work of Olivia Johnston. Her portraits of teens, paired with photos of their private lairs (bedrooms) speak to the lack of commentary on this age group. Her show is called 13 – 18, the ages of the young men who volunteered to be captured on film. rob mclennan will respond to the last photography exhibit in this project. A reading/art slide show will happen on June 22nd, so you can mark calendars now.

Since then I’ve done a series of erasure poems, based on the longer poems written for 13 – 18, and hope to persuade Olivia to work with me using her images in a new project. Cross fingers for me…