So I’ve been spending quite a bit of time over the last month or so doing research for two things: a writing project for which I have received NLAC funding and another project dealing with translating Horace, which I’ve referenced here. It seems I’ve done more reading about these  topics than actual writing, but still I’ve been making some progress and I’ll be happy to see where these things go.

I’ve been lining up so much reading that I’m starting to get bogged down in it. In an effort to patch some of the holes in my reading of the classics of English, I’ve taken up Joyce’s Dubliners. It’s turning out to be better than I thought, which is always a good result. I’ve also started Stephen Fry’s (yes, you heard right) guide to writing poetry called The Old Less Travelled. It’s really intended for amateurs or people wishing to experiment with forms and approaches to writing, but it’s an entertaining read thus far. More on this when I complete the thing. I’m going through a couple of books of poetry as well: Chris Banks’ The Cold Panes of Surfaces and Don McKay’s Strike/Slip which, surprisingly, I have not yet read in full, though I have read excerpts here and there. “Pond” from this collection is a piece of brilliance.

Jake Mooney from Vox Populism has posted a couple of photos of the Poetry is Public is Poetry display at the Toronto Reference Library. It’s a project run by Dionne Brand, the poet laureate of the city, as a way of making public excerpts of poetry written by a variety of writers who have had some impact on the community. Jake includes a list of all who’ve had their work displayed on the wall as well. I must say, this is a wonderful idea and a great way to publicize poets who, though they have relatively small readerships compared to the James Patterson types, contribute an incredible amount to the world of literature and indeed to culture as a whole. Is there room, I wonder, for this kind of presentation in Newfoundland? Maybe in the St. John’s area? In recent years, we have had poems posted on buses and public transit, but I don’t recall having this sort of long-term, stationary presentation. Maybe someone can clarify this for me.

 Enough for now.


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