Paean to Spring! Light Eats! Light Sounds! on April 25

Toronto jazz musician Bill Gilliam and I will be performing poems for SPRING from my “Wild Crafting” and “Trance Dance Form: a Sound Opera”.

April 25, 7-9 p.m. East Village Coffee House

754 Dundas at English, London ON. 226-271-6141.

$5.00 donation at the door. Delicious refreshments.

Get an early taste of the Creative Age Festival London with a National Poetry Month performance by Penn Kemp and Bill Gilliam with Light Eats! Light Sounds!

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer/pianist who improvises new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms into his unique style of playing. His recordings include many with Penn.

Bill performs with Toronto Improviser’s Orchestra

I’m Creative Age Festival London’s writer-in-residence and the League of Canadian Poet’s 2015 spoken word artist, This reading is sponsored by the League and the Canada Council for the Arts.



…follow a lady

into echo of eloquence

a shine on the laurel bush

she hides to hear

her own

& other


she seeks the small but authentic


from form thru form

she hedges

into earth

rooting taking hold of place

lapsing to silence

that her knowledge might


against the power of



she has tapped

no running away – this to



when she looks she peers

pushing back the thicket

long white hand

long white strand

out of the web

she weaves by day

frenetic &


on the clearing loom of words

stories rustle

hover at the corner of



a thing


at water’s edge


a central flow

form is apparent

in the moving   out

& down   thru fact

black teeming muck


(   wing

presences rustle

their story

a torrent

of sound streams round this

ring we intuit, dancing

into its power

it continues/

telling the steps

to continue its falling/




over forty years

For Daphne Marlatt, adapted from Trance Form

by Penn Kemp

A poem may be the most natural form for a poet writing about another poet…what better way to write an appreciation of one of my favourite Canadian poets? This piece was published in an earlier version in my book, Trance Form, Soft Press, in 1976, reprinted by Pendas Productions.

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