Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday's Bywords Reading at Chapters
Not that this space is meant to be a promo blog for Bywords, but I can't help singing the praises of the readers and musician Scott Edmonds at yesterday's reading. For a hot summer day, it was incredible that we had such a huge turnout. At one point, during Scott's second set, I counted at least 60 people, including CJOH newsman, Max Keeping (there to see Michael Sweet). It was especially wonderful hearing the young poets from Jesse Ferguson's poetry workshop read. I wish I were that poised at their age, or even now, frankly. There was an intense vibe at the reading, that I've never felt before. We always have great readings, but this one was definitely the most memorable. Catharine Carroll will have a more detailed report in next month's Bywords.ca, but I just had to sing out. Thanks to all participants: Scott, Jesse, Eleanor, Christine, Tabatha, Gary, Jamie, Heather, Marcus, and Michael, who drove in from Montreal to read. The poems were astouding, the music tight and spell-binding and the place was packed! And thanks to Charles who keeps everything on an even keel, as always. Chapters is wonderful to give us such a great place to read, for free...they even schlep all those tables with books on them, give us a table with tablecloth, a mic and speaker and are friendly and organized each time. It was a hoot and I can't wait to do it all again next quarter.