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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Mayworks-Poetry of Work

Last night in a lounge in City Hall, thanks to Councillor Clive Doucet. What a perfect place for a reading. The acoustics were excellent and the view of Ottawa's skyline outstanding. The poets read against the backdrop of the setting sun. Readers included Clive Doucet, Susan McMaster, Colin Morton, John Bagnall, Ronnie Brown and T. Anders Carson. Highlights of the evening included the story poems of Morton, Brown's inclusion of the work of women and children: little girl models and hookers, and Carson's poignant truth telling on the state of the world. The turn out was excellent, and considering all the other National Poetry Month events going on last night, that was a surprise. The old addage "no jazz on Tuesdays, no poetry on Fridays" didn't apply last night. The chips and goldfish crackers were a salty finish too. Apparently the writers went to two or three coffee shops that day also, but that wasn't advertised. The philosophy was to bring poetry to the people, and as Brown described it, once "the people" discovered that poetry was being read, they were like deer caught in headlights. As a "person" who loves any opportunity to hear good writers, I thought not advertising the appearances was a sad, and unnecessary mistake. I would have liked to have seen "the people's" reactions. Not to mention an opportunity to hear more from these writers. Some of them, such as Carson, read rarely in Ottawa. And with the fire and passion that he puts into his reading, missing an opportunity to hear him read is just dumb.

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