Jeremy Luke Hill’s Poetry of Thought

Here’s a first look at Jeremy Luke Hill’s chapbook Poetry of Thought, published by The Elora Poetry Centre’s Interludes imprint. The cost in $20 CAN plus shipping. Orders can be placed with the Elora Poetry Centre.

If you want to catch an early reading from it, Luke be the feature reader at the Silence Open-Mic (46 Essex Street, Guelph) on Wednesday, June 5.

The official launch will be at the Elora Poetry Centre (7324 Wellington County Road 21, Centre Wellington) on Saturday, June 29, 4:00 PM. There will be food and drinks; payment by donation.


100 Thousand Poets for Change September 30 4pm

The Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery presented the annual global “100 Thousand Poets for Change” day at which poets and artists around the world celebrated peace, sustainability, and justice, and called for serious social, environmental, and political change. Canadian poet and artist, bill bissett, the “shaman of sound and performance,” read/chanted/danced his work. Among bissett’s awards are The George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. The event was held on September 30th at 4p.m. at the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery. There was live music, finger food, and conversation. 519-846-2551

Asa Boxer Sunday 30 July -4pm

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Montreal poet Asa Boxer returned to the Elora Poetry Centre & Gallery for the fourth year on Sunday, July 30, at 4:00 P.M. to read from his series of poems about the undead: zombies, vampires, and ghouls, including the poem “Zombie Apocalypse – after Solzhenitsyn.” With mischievous humour, these poems examine cruelty, brainwashing, and just plain stupidity.
Asa Boxer’s poetry has garnered several prizes and is included in various anthologies around the world. His books are The Mechanical Bird (Signal, 2007), Skullduggery (Signal, 2011), Friar Biard’s Primer to the New World (Frog Hollow Press, 2013), and Etymologies (Anstruther Press, 2016). He is also a founder and manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize. Asa Boxer is the son of the well-known poet Avi Boxer, who with others, such as Irving Layton, formed the poetry scene in Montreal.
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David J Knight

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David J. Knight was born in Guelph and went to John F. Ross highschool. He holds a BA in Fine Art (University of Guelph 1987), an MA in Archaeology (University of Southampton, UK 2002), and an MPhil in Archaeology (University of Southampton, UK 2010). He has extensive experience in field and academic archaeology in the UK and Europe, on sites in Belgium, France, Guernsey, Syria, Italy and England. In 2008 David was celebrated as a University of Guelph Campus Author for his historical biography, King Lucius of Britain. Upon returning to his hometown David has engaged with Guelph’s material and  intangible heritage, publishing two books through Publication Studio Guelph: Sound Guelph, a history of alternative music in Guelph from the late 1970s to 2000; and an edition of John Galt’s novel, The Omen. David is also a trans-media artist and continues to produce visual and audio works.

David is the General Editor of Vocamus Editions, an imprint of Vocamus Press that promotes the literary heritage of Guelph, Ontario, Canada by publishing new editions of books written by Guelph authors or edited by Guelph scholars.

Guelph Versifiers of the 19th Century, his collection of Guelph poets and poetry before the year 1900 is available from Vocamus Editions.

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Cid Corman: In Collaboration

Those of you who attended Micheal Basinski’s performance here in the fall of 2015 will realise how honoured we feel that The Poetry Collection, Capen Hall, University at Buffalo, has mounted a sizable part of our Cid Corman collection, which will remain open until 18 January 2017.  For those who have not visited the Poetry Collection, and who have time to spend a day in Buffalo,  below are a few extracts from the Collection’s website. If considering a day trip, the Knox-Albright gallery is not far away.

The Poetry Collection is only twenty minutes from the border if you take the Lewiston Bridge.  Please contact us if you want guidance for a simple route.

Poetry Collections

Poetry Publications

When the Poetry Collection began in 1937, its original mission was to collect first editions of poetry written in English and English translation published since 1900. Today, the collection houses over 140,000 titles of Anglophone poetry including 6,600 broadsides as well as an extensive selection of little magazines, anthologies, criticism, reference books, ephemera and audio recordings, making it the largest poetry library of its kind in North America.

Little Magazines

Throughout the 20th century, “little magazines”—magazines usually noncommercial in nature and often committed to certain literary ideals—have been a primary organ for the dissemination of poetry and for the formation of literary communities across the aesthetic and political spectra.

The Poetry Collection maintains a comprehensive selection of over 9,000 titles of past and current little magazines, literary journals, university reviews, newspapers and other poetry periodicals, and is particularly strong in its holdings of independent publications.

Literary Archives

Soon after establishing the Poetry Collection, Charles Abbott made a concerted effort to begin collecting the working manuscripts and letters of contemporary poets, soliciting donations from hundreds of writers such as Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens and establishing a tradition of acquiring others. These form the foundation of the Contemporary Manuscripts Collection, which contains tens of thousands of pages of manuscripts and correspondence from hundreds of American, British, Irish, Canadian and Australian authors. Additionally, there are more than 150 named collections, including the world’s largest and most distinguished archive of James Joyce manuscripts as well as major selections of papers from Robert Graves, Theodore Enslin, Robert Duncan, John Logan, Helen Adam, John Montague, Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, William Carlos Williams, Basil Bunting, Dylan Thomas, Jonathan Williams and Wyndham Lewis. The collection also holds the archives of several important small presses and magazines.

Also featured in the Poetry Collection are the personal libraries of writers such as Helen Adam, Basil Bunting, Robert Duncan, James Joyce and John Logan; artworks by Constantin Brancusi, Jess (Collins), Wyndham Lewis, E. E. Cummings and many others; and substantial collections of mail art, visual and concrete poetry, photographs and zines.

Is it time to bring back the Arts Olympics?

When Asa Boxer was last here to share his new work Etymologies, he mentioned he would soon be off to Rio for the Arts Olympics.  Here is a segment on CBC Radio’s Q discussing the Arts Olympics.

“As 2016 Olympics wind down in Rio, preparations have begun for an entirely different kind of games.

Few present-day fans know that Olympic organizers used to give out medals for artistic achievement. From 1912 to 1948, artists would compete in categories such as music, painting, literature and sculpture.”

The links are below:

—From Word to Word by Jeremy Luke Hill on Prager’s Echoes in the Timbers

“Jerry Prager’s Echoes in the Timbers is a prose poem that relates the death and inquest of Margaret Buckingham, a former slave who settled in Puslinch County in the mid-nineteenth century. The narrative is broken into several parts, each with a different speaker – including Margaret herself; her suitor, Jerry Collins; and a member of her inquest jury, Nicholas Beaver, whose house has since been moved to the grounds of the Elora Poetry Centre. Margaret actually visited Beaver House in her day, so it’s fitting that it was where Jerry first read Echoes in the Timbers in 2014 and where the published version was recently launched.

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30 July, 2016

THE ELORA POETRY CENTRE held a special reading by the Montreal poet Asa Boxer from his new chapbook Etymologies, on 30 July, 2016 at 4.00 p.m.  Asa had read at the Elora Centre for the Arts and the Elora Poetry Centre on several occasions and so we were delighted to have him back once more.  His reading was followed by another friend, Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter who had been here with the Fish Quill poets in the past.
After the reading and Abigail’s performance we held a “Whacky Poetry Carnival Auction!”  Amongst the items offered for auction were CD’s, books, the best dress made from paper, the best paper trousers, and the best costume made from leaves! The auction was followed by the usual finger food supper and drinks.