We present the winners of Planet Earth Poetry's love erasure poem for Valentine’s Day!
First Wife: Barbara Pelman for “What is it I've Come to Find”
Second Wife: Carol Halligan for “Love at the Moka House”
Other Suitors are Dvora Levin for “A Cautionary Valentine” and Sheila Martindale for “Full Circle”
Pen, paper, a copy of “Mocambo Nights” and a big black pen or an eraser.
Create a love poem from line fragments (3 word minimum, ie you must borrow at least three consecutive words from each line that you use for your poem) from the anthology Mocambo Nights.
Minimum 5 and maximum of 14 lines.
The line fragments must be taken in the order they appear in the book.
Give the poem a title.
November 2013) and Nothing but Sound and World (from March 2013), edited by Lane and published by Leaf Press. Poets from both books will be in attendance to read their poems.
Readers from Vanishing into the Leaves: Pam Porter, Luther Allen, J.I. Kleinberg, Barbara Pelman, Lynne Mustard, Ulrike Narwani, Kerry Slavens, Susan Alexander, Tina Biello, and Wendy Donawa.
Readers from Nothing but Sound and World: Sue Gee, Owain Peach Nicholson, Leanne Boschman, Sue Mackenzie, Wendy Morton and Terry Ann Carter.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Dvora Levin, a former project manager in BC and Israel, has now projected herself into poetry. She has published two books, Sharav and To Bite the Blue Apple (Ekstasis Editions) and edited two collections of poems from her writing groups with sex workers, parolees, the homeless and addicted: Voices From the Edge (Ekstasis Editions) and Victoria From the Banks of the Mainstream.
Sheila Martindale came to Canada in 1966, settling in Montreal, then moving westward to London (Ontario), Calgary and finally Victoria. She has had a long career as arts columnist, editor, poet, teacher, jurist and broadcaster. Sheila is currently the editor of Island Writer magazine, and facilitates a weekly creative writing workshop at her local seniors’ centre.
Her most recent book, Here, There and Somewhere Beyond, was published in 2011.
She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, The Canadian Theatre Critics’ Association, The Canadian Authors’ Association and The Victoria Writers’ Society.
Stephen Scobie was born in Scotland, and has lived in Canada since 1965, in Victoria since 1981. He has published over 20 books of poetry, including McAlmon's Chinese Opera (1980; Governor-General's Award) and The Spaces in Between: Selected Poems 1965–2001. He has also published widely in criticism, on topics ranging from Canadian literature to Bob Dylan to the city of Paris. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Tonight he will be reading from his latest book: At the Limit of Breath: poems on the films of Jean-Luc Godard (University of Alberta Press, 2013).