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Poetry London Presents Canisia Lubrin & Jack Davis

Wednesday April 17th, 2019

Join Poetry London on Wednesday March 17th for a reading by poet Canisia Lubrin and poet Jack Davis.

A Walk in the Woods with Jack Davis: A Review of Faunics

By Amelia Eqbal, Poetry London Student Representative

Jack Davis is no stranger to nature. Not only is he a northern Ontario native and current resident of Parry Sound, but he has also spent ten summers operating a remote fire lookout post in the northernmost Alberta wilderness. Getting up close and personal with the environment for all that time has given him a unique perspective on the natural world; it has also given him a lot of time to put it down in writing. Davis’ love of the natural world and the animals that inhabit it cannot help but shine through in his debut poetry collection, Faunics.

Davis’ poetry gives you the sense that he really sees the world around him wholly and completely for what it is, in a way that few others can; his knowledge of the natural world, and quite simply his world view, are imbued in every line and syllable. This collection reads almost as a field guide or a bible; he offers an intimate picture of the environment that in turn leaves the reader with a fresh perspective on the natural world, a renewed desire to see it for themselves in this new light. In between the lines you can imagine the experiences it took to get this intimate knowledge – the camping weekends and canoe trips, the hikes up mountains, the walks along rivers and runs through forests.

This poetry collection is a linguistic feast. Indeed, the title even seems to harken back to primary school phonics classes, where we as children learned about language and grammar for the first time. With this poetry collection, however, Davis schools us all over again, challenging us to broaden our vocabulary and open our eyes to the world around us. In the opening poem, “Listening,” his use of alliteration draws attention to every single syllable; to quote the poet himself, we as the reader are “made to / make / some sense / from sound.”

It is clear from the beginning that Davis has put a lot of thought into each word choice; his economical style requires him to make every word count. In this same vein, the sparseness of Davis’ writing allows his peculiar word choices to stand out. The words he chooses are simple for the most part, which leaves the reader with the impression that there is more to this poetry than meets the eye. He shows off the breadth of his vocabulary with words like “feuilletons,” “deckled,” and “laconic.” Such word choices that reach beyond the realm of his simpler bits of text effectively draw the reader out of the poem in order to understand their full meaning; and yet, at the same time, readers find themselves drawn further into the natural world Jack Davis describes because of these thorough and unorthodox depictions.

Perhaps the most notable quality of this collection is the way in which the poet has seemingly curated each and every poem to ensure the way it is displayed on the page is reflective of the piece itself. Because of the sparse nature of his poetry, Davis has the leeway to play around with how his words are arranged on the page. He spaces out his words, creating shapes and patterns of flow reminiscent of shore lines, tides, gusts of wind, and even craters (quite literally with “The Brent Crater”). In playing around with the order and aesthetic of his words on the page, Davis makes the experience of reading his poetry akin to that of stumbling through a wood, as you try to follow his words up, down and around the page; likewise, this manipulation of the reader’s line of sight feels reminiscent of how one’s head would swivel to take in one’s surroundings when hiking through a forest. His use of line and stanza as poetic devices in of themselves feels fresh.

Jack Davis’ stunning debut collection offers a beautiful new perspective on the natural world most of us take for granted. He re-writes the characters of creatures like mice and birds, and makes nature and her tendencies feel more magical and full of promise than readers may perceive at first glance.

Poetry London Presents Arleen Paré & E Martin Nolan

Wednesday March 20th, 2019

Join Poetry London on Wednesday March 20th for a reading by novelist and poet Arleen Paré and poet, essayist and editor E Martin Nolan.

Poetry London’s 2019 Open Theme Poetry Contest

Deadline EXTENDED! noon on Saturday March 16th, 2019

Submit your best work to Poetry London’s 2019 Open Theme poetry contest, judged by acclaimed Canadian poet Canisia Lubrin!

Rules/regulations: Submit no more than 40 lines on any topic, in any style. All poems must be original work that has not been published anywhere else.  Email your work (along with your phone number and complete mailing address) to poetrylondon.ca@gmail.com as a DocX or PDF file.  You must live (or attend school) in London, ON (and area) to enter the contest. Winning poets will have their poems published on the Poetry London website and will read their work live at our April 17th, 2019 Poetry London event!

First prize: $100  Second prize: $75  Third Prize: $50 

Poetry London Presents
Susan Elmslie & Dane Swan

Wednesday February 20, 2019

Join Poetry London on Wednesday February 20th for a reading by Montreal-based poet Susan Elmslie and Toronto-based poet Dane Swan.

Opening for our feature readers will be local poet Jennifer Wenn.

The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library’s basement) to discuss work by the evening’s poets, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome!

Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd
Readings 7:30-8:45pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement)
Door prizes • Free admission

Poetry London Presents
Susan Holbrook & Julie Cameron Gray

Wednesday January 23rd, 2019

Poetry London January 23 Poster

Join Poetry London on Wednesday January 23rd for a reading by Windsor-based poet Susan Holbrook and Toronto-based poet Julie Cameron Gray.

Opening for our feature readers will be local poet/fiction writer/visual artist Sile Englert.

The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library’s basement) to discuss work by the evening’s poets, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome!

Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd
Readings 7:30-8:45pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement)
Door prizes • Free admission

Workshop with Louise Bernice Halfe

Thanks to Louise Bernice Halfe for giving London writers such a fantastic 2018 poetry workshop!

Photos from a Great Night

Photos of Poetry London’s final 2018 event with poets Louise Bernice Halfe & Catriona Wright.

Wednesday’s Local Opener: Maxwell Lucas

Maxwell Lucas
Maxwell Lucas

On Wednesday November 21st, Maxwell Lucas will open for feature poets Louise Bernice Halfe & Catriona Wright.

Maxwell Lucas is a poet, composer, and artist working in London, Ontario; his work has been published in Western’s Occasus creative writing journal and Iconoclast magazine. As a composer, Lucas has written for solo instruments, vocal and chamber groups, electroacoustic and live electronics as well as for film and art installations. Hands (2016-17), a game piece for musicians interpreting poetry was a collaboration with artist Faith Patrick and was performed at Wordsfest 2017. Lucas received a first place prize in the 2018 SOCAN Young Composer’s Awards for his work Ovum/Azoth for solo bassoon and live electronics. Lucas is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Composition at Western University.

Poetry London Presents
Louise Bernice Halfe & Catriona Wright

Wednesday November 21st

Louise Bernice Halfe & Catriona Wright

Join Poetry London on Wednesday November 21st for a reading by Saskatoon-based poet Louise Bernice Halfe and Toronto-based poet Catriona Wright.

Opening for our feature readers will be local poet/musician/composer Maxwell Lucas.

The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library’s basement) to discuss work by the evening’s poets, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome!

Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd
Readings 7:30-8:45pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement)
Door prizes • Free admission

Poetry London Presents Sina Queyras

Wednesday October 24th

Join Poetry London on Wednesday October 24th for a full length reading by Montreal-based poet Sina Queyras. Joining Sina will be local opener, poet/artist Faith Patrick.

The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library’s basement) to discuss work by the evening’s poet, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome!

Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd
Reading 7:30-8:45pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement)
Door prizes • Free admission

What an Amazing Opening Event

What an amazing opening event with Shane Neilson, Tom Cull & Camille Intson! Thanks to the poets & to all who attended, as well as to our generous event sponsors.

Poetry London Shane Neilson 2018 Sept
Poetry London Tom Cull 2018 Sept

Camille Intson Poetry London 2018 Sept

Tonight’s Local Opener: Camille Intson

Camille IntsonOn Wednesday September 19th, Camille Intson will open for feature poets Shane Neilson & Tom Cull

Camille Intson is an emerging multidisciplinary artist working in theatre, performance art, multimedia, and music across Southern Ontario. A theatre artist in residence at TAP: Center for Creativity and this summer’s Theatre Ontario Youth Scholarship recipient, Camille has written, produced, and directed for the stage through festivals in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Newmarket, Toronto, and London, and earlier this year won the Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing at Western, where she’s currently completing an undergraduate degree, and cultivating a growing academic and practical interest in post-humanism and digital performance art.

Poetry London Presents Shane Neilson & Tom Cull

Wednesday Sept 19th

Poetry London Presents Shane Neilson & Tom Cull Wednesday Sept 19th. Poetry London's new season opens on Wednesday September 19th with readings by poets Shane Neilson from Hamilton & Tom Cull, London's Poet Laureate. The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library's basement) to discuss work by the evening's poets, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome! Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd Readings 7:30-8:30pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement) Door prizes • Free admission
Poetry London Presents Shane Neilson & Tom Cull

Poetry London’s new season opens on Wednesday September 19th with readings by poets Shane Neilson from Hamilton & Tom Cull, London’s Poet Laureate.

Joining Shane and Tom will be local opener, Camille Intson. More information to follow shortly.

The event will include poetry door prizes donated by Brick Books. Join our 6:30pm pre-reading workshop (in Landon Library’s basement) to discuss work by the evening’s poets, and bring your own poem too; original work will be discussed as time allows. All welcome!

Landon Branch Library at 167 Wortley Rd
Readings 7:30-8:30pm • Workshop 6:30-7:30pm (in the basement)
Door prizes • Free admission

NEW: Poetry London’s 2018-2019 Season

Poetry London is delighted to announce the readers for its upcoming 15th season. We look forward to seeing you at these events!

Questions? Email us at poetrylondon[dot]ca[at]gmail[dot]com