Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Tree's 25th Anniversary
Last night in the sweltering basement of the Royal Oak 2. The open mic set was really great, a bit long, but some excellent readings. It was fun to hear the reminiscences of others who'd been involved with Tree also. Some of the highlights of the open mic: Lise Rochefort's sexy poem about men's clothing being like women's genitalia; Russell Smith's villanelle from Tree's 10-year anniversary anthology, Open Set. James giving all us open mic participants a book from a big bag of books. The featured reader was K.I. Press. I already have her book, Spine, simply because I liked all the literary allusions and the quality of the book put out by Gaspereau Press. She's a great reader in person. She read from her first and second books and a work in progress inspired by a 1903 book of bios about Canadian women. She found odd bits of adventure mixed in with stories of tea and fine dining. The whole evening was inspiring, and well-attended. There were at least 40 people down there. Next Tree will be Anthony Bansfield, a spoken word poet who I'm looking forward to hearing once more.