Festival Litéraire de Metropolis Bleu Montreal, PQ 2014.
Leaving for Montreal via bus April 30th –looks like it’s ViaRail. A notable date in the Spring solstice calendar. It is the most convenient day for me to venture to the event according to calendar readings and talks prior to May 1st. #AICW2014 Upon arrival I’ll be taking the subway to the festival for a browse or a check-in to the Blue Met bookstore. Reminder: Weather network check-in is a must.
Tuesday preparing for presentation on the afternoon of May 1st w/AICW Conference panel “Memory, Place & Space” hosted by Gianna Patriarca. Other readers and speakers include: Venera Fazio, Sonia Di Placido & … Takes place at the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal [address here] and will run for 30-45 minutes in readings & discussion.
I’ve got approximately 5 poems I am going to contribute for this reading. One specific poem can be found at The Puritan Magazine and an Author Note on this poem and its various inspirations/poetics are discussed at The Town Crier –a subsidiary discourse of The Puritan magazine, an online blog with various mini-essays, critiques and babble about writers’ works, self analysis, creative faux-pas etc.
The scope of my newer poems have resembled an influence of ideas based on North American cultural values and developments over the past three centuries. Themes of America, Ferlinghetti’s writings, Charles Olson, Ezra Pound, Walt Whitman, Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Robert Hass, Pinsky, Dennis Lee’s Testament, Robert Lowell, Lorine Neidecker, Diane Di Prima, Mary Ruefle, Dara Weir, Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, and there’s more. The idea is to relate to the American & Canadian Landscape of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries via an experience of my father and that of the Patriarch/Matriarch binary/split of Father/Mother. The first book dedicated to Mother. The inner/outer collision and tangle of Home, Place, Space[s] [un]tangled. Peering next into the originals–Native ways, animals of the North American hemisphere’s and the Frontier/Pioneer dilemma as envisioned through the Father Frontier/Pioneer. How have Guns and Individualism shaped the [now past] modern? In my words, thoughts, images, inspirations and language with canto/sound shape[s][ing].
There are many poems to be explored further still that have only a first glimpse of voice and need time to ferment and unravel or rise to its occasion. For this conference, however, the reading is 10 minutes with some discussion based on my Town Crier author notes and my experience as a female Canadian poet after the poets that populated Canadian Literary underground and mainstream voices from 1900-1940, 1940-1970, 1970-1990. First 40 years, then 30, finally the 20 years and then from 1990-present day. This next book is a persistent feat and a lonely one at best, more so than the first book, in some peculiar aspects and formations found through writing, inspiration and research. Each ‘one’ is unique and erodes a unique cathartic place from within self or [out of] self.
My attempt to blog a [log!] Journal entry each day of the #AICW2014 from April 29th – May 4th for informative self-reflection & discourse.
Today, Three Modern Italian Poets came to mind: Ungaretti, Saba & Montale. And I read part of Joseph Brodsky’s book TO URANIA. At Gatto Nero I sat in the sunshine to re-read and study Richard Greene’s latest book Dante’s House. Of great comfort to me especially in preparation for this AICW Bi-Annual Conference of 2014 in conjunction with the Montreal Italian Cultural Institute, the Association of Italian Canadian Writers & Guernica Editions, my publisher of Exaltation in Cadmium Red.
I look forward to the Guernica Edition Launch of Louise Dupré’s translated poetry book: Plus Haute que Les Flammes as part of the Montreal Metropolis Bleu on May 3rd.
Exhilarated at the exchange of languages: English, French & Italian. Not completely fluent in French good at conversational, legible and writing/ speaking. The depth of grasping more than two languages is a blessing. I’m, by far, impressed with Blue Met because of its International writers scope and the language vs. translation variations. One of the larger festivals in all of Canada, with its international reach and exposure. Blue Metropolis Festival 2014
To Break a Leg. Howl into the mouth of the Wolf [In Boca al’ lupo!] Praise [for sticking the head] Into the mouth of the Wolf!
To begin with such [a]poetic:
down down in the/belly of
dank in the relict, un-
wrinkled & dree:
taxiderm inklings of mineral mind in extremis
from the book of poems UN, Dennis Lee
“My life had stood–A Loaded Gun” –Emily Dickinson
“O Watcher of Men, Why have you made me your target?” —Job, 7:20 [Bible, New Int’l Version]
“He has made me his target; his archers surround me. Without pity he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground. Again and Again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.” –Job, 16:12-14