This year has been full of splendour & goodness, but it started with that first bit of happy news.
The books were delivered personally by my publishers, rob mclennan & Christine McNair of Chaudiere Books.
Friends sent pictures of the book on bookstore shelves. A few people have even written kindly about the book.
I've even been interviewed already about myself & the book's creation & development.
The launch lived up to the dream. I had the pleasure of reading with two friends, also launching that night: Roland Prevost & Monty Reid. The room was full of supportive & dear friends; my two loves, Charles & Tom surrounded me & kept me calm. & I had great fun reading a section of the book with Tom.
Thanks to rob & Christine, dear friends & publishers of Chaudiere Books, to Sean, Kira & Leslie of the Festival, to Mike, who did such a fabulous job on our sound for both this event & the Bywords John Newlove Poetry Award, to Carmel, our tireless book seller, to all who attended & showed their support. Ottawa’s literary community is sweet as pie & enriches me.
I'm hoping to read a bit further afield, if invited, but i'll never forget the kindness & support shown to me by Ottawa's poetry enthusiasts.
[photos by Charles Earl]