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Cascadia

Twenty-four poets, one long poem that "rolls along like a series of cascades on a river." (Kim Goldberg)
Here is a fortunate group: inhabitants of the bioregion known as Cascadia, poets who accepted a challenge to respond to another's (anonymous) poem by leaping from it or by falling deeper into it, letting it open. The result is a fortunate collaboration: answers to the 
question how will we write about this place, here, now?





I Want
by Joseph A. Dandurand

"I am here / this pen to paper / proves it yet again." So writes Joseph Dandurand, First Nations man in midlife, survivor of violence and abuse, man recovering from addictions, father, lover, man still standing. Dandurand writes out of deep love and commitment to the land, to his ancestors, to his people, to his kids, who "grow up without abuse."





Nelle fenditure profonde delle mura, a bilingual selection from In the Bone Cracks of the Walls, by Tina Biello.

Tina Biello ripercorre con l'immaginazione i racconti, i rituali, La storia di generazioni vissute a Casacalenda, il suo paese d'origine in Italia. Ripropone storie locali con un linguaggio che oscilla tra l'Inglese e il dialetto di Casacalenda, lo stesso parlato intorno al tavolo di cucina dai genitori immigrati in un piccolo paese del Canada. Queste poesie, che ne conducono la voce, sono la testimonianza di due luoghi: uno che corrisponde al qui e adesso, e l'altro ereditato con la nascita.

Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia
edited by Paul Nelson, George Stanley,
George Bowering, Nadine Maestas

An attempt to deepen the sense of place. A call to inhabit it as if our lives and livelihoods depended on it. An attempt to resuscitate the poetry culture from the trance cast by the pop/consumer-generated culture—an anti-culture which, as Edward Abbey understood, serves to consume everything, including the biosphere: "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."








 

 

Forthcoming:

Crossing by Alison Watt
Cradle Song: Poems about Newborns, editors Ann Graham Walker and Ursula Vaira
Threshold by Marilyn Bowering and Xan Shian
When All the Scissor Work is Done by David Fraser (March 2016)

Awards:

A Quiet Coming of Light by Jude Neale was short-listed for the 2015 League of Canadian Poets Pat Lowther Award.
Emilia Nielsen's Surge Narrows was short-listed for the 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets.
Joanne Thorwaldson's thirteen poems for releasing love was shortlisted for the 2013 bpNichol chapbook award.
Adrienne Gruber's chapbook Mimic won the 2012 bpNichol chapbook award.
Jude Neale's Only the Fallen Can See was long lisited for the 2012 Relit Awards.
Kirsty Elliot's True short-listed for the 2012 Gerald Lampert Award and long-listed for the 2012 ReLit Awards.
Tina Biello was shortlisted for the Bressani Prize at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre for Momenti.
Susan Musgrave and Leanne Boschman were short-listed for the ReLit Awards for their Leaf titles.
Susan Musgrave's Obituary of Light was short-listed for the CAA Award for Poetry.
K. Louise Vincent's The Discipline of Undressing long-listed for the ReLit Awards.
Kim Goldberg's Ride Backwards on Dragon shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award.
Allan Brown's Imagines co-winner of 2009 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

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