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Monday, December 03, 2007

Monty Reid and the Snowy (Dusty) Owls

Just before the snow hit on Sunday night, Monty Reid read poems about winter and snowy owls to Dusty Owls. The luxury of time gave us the opportunity to hear Monty’s poetry culled from more than 25 years of work.

One of the many things that impresses me about Monty’s poetry is that it is always spellbinding. He tells tales in moments, with images. His humour is wry and quick and his observations are keen, yet unexpected and not predictable.

Monty read from The Life of Ryley (Thistledown Press, 1981), The Dream of Snowy Owls (Longspoon Press, 1983), Disappointment Island (Chaudiere Books, 2006), Sex at 31 (an upcoming anthology by Chaudiere Books), The Luskville Reductions (Brick Books, 2008) and Host, a manuscript about the parasites and their hosts, including the human body as host and finally the beautifully rendered Lost in the Snowy Owl Woods (i may have this title wrong) (Bookthug, 2007).

Many of Monty’s poems are in series or sequences, so it wouldn’t be right to excerpt them here. Those of us in attendance were fortunate, indeed.

The open mic was exciting too, featuring a bunch of folks from my workshops with rob mclennan and Stephen Brockwell (Mike Buckthought, with his fabulous drumming circle Earth*tones, Pearl Pirie, Marcus McCann, Roland Prevost) and others including Josh Massey, Christopher Doyle (Dog of Dog and Pony Sound, who does all the sound and a/v and later in the night, the Karaoke, and Emile on guitar.

There is no warmer reading series than the Dusty Owl for a cold winter’s night. Their next event is the annual Chocolate House on December 16 at 5pm with the music of Dave Lauzon and an open mic and perhaps the object of desire might be something two-thesome. The event is in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. Non-perishable items will likely be met with hugs.

For more on Sunday evening's reading, see Pearl's blog entry.

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