28 July 3.30 p.m.
A perfect summer afternoon was the setting of a double-bill of two esteemed poets, Asa Boxer and Max Layton, both sons of poets who emerged from Montreal in the 1950’s. Asa read from his new chap book Field Notes From the Undead (published by the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery/Interludes) and earlier publications The Mechanical Bird and Skullduggery, along with some wonderful new material composed since his last visit. Tilly Kooyman provided a creative accompaniment to parts of the reading on her clarinet. Max, eldest son of Irving Layton, read from several of his works, including his latest book of poems LIKE, which has just been published by Guernica Editions, after opening with three of his songs, on which he accompanied himself on the guitar. A short discussion followed in the house and garden, with a buffet and drinks. Tom Althouse of Silk Purse Recordings, Elora, has agreed to assist us in archiving this and future events.
25 August 4.00 p.m.
croc E Moses, whom several of you may have met here last year, read from a wide range of poems and songs from his thirty years in South Africa. He topped it off with some new material written since he returned to Canada, where he has been living in rural Ontario.
29 September 2018
This was another double bill to celebrate Michael Rothenberg’s annual global initiative 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE.
It was a day to promote peace & social change with emphasis on the needs of all children. bill bissett, accompanied by pete dako, returned for a half reading, continuing from their colourful range of work of the previous year.
Our other featured poet was Brian Henderson, who has now retired as Director of Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Brian has eleven publications, the latest being [OR] from Talonbooks. Nerve Language (2007) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Brian read from his twelfth publication, Unidentified Poetic Object, forthcoming from Brick in spring 2019.
Both bill bissett and Brian Henderson were sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts and The Writers’ Union of Canada. Morvern McNie and Jerry Prager rounded out the poetry performances.
A highlight of the day was The Voices of the Anatolian Girls, with Ali Ihsan Okan playing the kanun, and Mehlika Altay and Betul Okan singing. They delivered a powerful performance dedicated to the children presently imprisoned in Turkey.
Afterwards, everybody enjoyed the usual finger food and drinks, with people mingling and sharing their thoughts on the day’s memorable performances.
7 April 2018
Asa Boxer read from his newer works, accompanied by Tilly Kooyman on the clarinet. A lengthy discussion period followed, after which there was the usual finger food and drinks. Asa’s new chapbook, Field Notes from the Undead, will be published at his reading at the poetry centre 28th of July. Copies will be available for purchase.
26 May 2018
A big thank you to those who attended our annual Environmental Sculpture Day and the Elora Puppets who, even though en route they lost Sir Arthur Montgomery-ffinch, who was to have been the attending art critic, still performed their version of Stone Soup. Soup, focaccia and drinks, plus goodies supplied by guests, followed the work of the day! Janice Ferri and Peter Skoggard sent some of the photographs of the day which will be on the webpage shortly.
The theme of the day was WATER, linked with Nestle’s plan to bottle water from the aquifer on Middlebrook Road, former Pilkington Township.
Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry Collection at the State University of New York at Buffalo, shared his knowledge and poetry, reading from various works, some of which “contained water in one form or another.” Some of the poetry was from script; some unconventional, not to be read at home while sipping a Manhattan, which is to say he performed poetry and provided information about the Poetry Collection via dazzling improvisation! (Our website features a photograph of Michael’s intricately rendered “Something Watur Poem” by which he entered into his spontaneous performance.) Micheal performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus and the Don Metz Experience. Among his recent books of poetry are Piglittuce (Propolis Press – 2013), Learning Poem About Learning About Being A Poet (Press Board Press – 2012) and Trailers (BlazeVox – 2011). Recent visual opems (yes, opems) located in: http://www.wordforword.info
Also, on the subject of water, we were delighted to have Georgia Simms, dance artist, choreographer, and facilitator specialist who is passionate about “doing democracy and governance differently.” She is actively experimenting with arts-based approaches to civic engagement, and seeks to creatively animate learning processes with experiences that are physical, emotional, and energetic. Her site-specific choreography, inspired by a strong desire to raise awareness about protecting water, has been presented in Downtown Guelph around the St. George’s fountain and in the water feature in Market Square. Glass of water in hand, Georgia gave a stunning performance on the veranda of our stone house.
We then moved down to Beaver House where Morvern McNie and Jerry Prager engaged their audience with recently created poems also on the subject of water.
After the readings and performance we offered the usual finger-food supper and wine so that guests could speak to the artists and each other, while enjoying a beautiful fall evening. No bottled water was to be had.