Here’s my reading schedule for the next few months: I hope to see you!
All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in London: Reading with Penn Kemp and Daphne Marlatt, 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. AHB-3R07, Western University. The Arts and Humanities Building is the old Ivey Business building, directly south of University College.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Toronto: Words and Music Salon, 12:30 to 3:30 pm. I’m reading 2:30-3:00 pm. The Tiki Room, the Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. Sponsored by the League of Poets, Metro Reading in Public Places.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 in London: The launch of Local Heroes (Insomniac Press 2018) by Penn Kemp. The evening includes an exhibition tour with curator Amber Lloydlangston, followed by Penn’s reading @ 7:30 pm. The theatre will show several short videos on Local Heroes by Dennis Siren, Mary McDonald and Western’s Community Engaged Learning students.
6:30 to 7:15 p.m. – Curator Tour: Women’s Lives in Canada: A History, 1875-2000; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Penn’s reading; and 8:30 to 9 p.m. – book signing.
Lecture Theatre, Museum London, 421 Ridout St N.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 8 pm: ‘ALT’ show, Victoria Poetry Project Caffè Fantastico, 965 Kings Road, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1W7. Contact shayne avec i grec firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.facebook.com/vicslam/.
Friday, April 27, 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta: Featured reader, “Wine and Wild Women Wordsmiths”, The Edmonton Poetry Festival. They match a wine to the poet. I’ve offered to be a full-bodied Red! https://edmontonpoetryfestival.com
Monday, May 28, 2018 in London, 7 to 8:30 pm: Women Trailblazers: Writers and Voices for Change: Heroes. A reading and lecture series celebrating Canadian women writers.
Featured guests: Judy Rebick and Penn Kemp, Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street. Judy is reading from Heroes in My Head (Anansi) and Penn from Local Heroes (Insomniac).
With thanks to Debbie Okun Hill for her profile and updates:
“But our/yearning to hear fills our ears the way seashells will imitate real//roar of ocean wave, appearing/disappearing.”* – Penn Kemp
Canadian poetPenn Kemploves ‘sound’ and her book Barbaric Cultural Practice(Quattro Books, 2016) astounds me with her word play, her vocalized chords, and the musical rhythms of her poetic stanzas. She is the barbaric activist riding her horse at full tilt and the experienced voice “in the yellow cornfield of your mind.” (p. 39) The key is to listen carefully to catch each nuance before the next line appears.
Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books, 2016) features 72 poems by Penn Kemp.
Divided into five sections (Electrical Events, Light Eats, Heart and Stroke Foundation, In Dream Sequins, and Wild Crafting), her recent 112-page book includes 72 poems that challenge the status quo of the world. Her interest in nature, dreams, and Goddesses plus the way politics, technology, and global…
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You can hear us read “Litter Ally” on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKiUCHy_Hjs&feature=youtu.be (video by Dennis Siren)
This collaboration was created for our reading in Couplets #15, London ON. coupletsreadingseries.wordpress.com
Split the littoral between liminal
and lore along the shore and you,
with perse blue lids, flutter
as water expels salt in winter.
Purse your lips in the very cold
and exhale the breath to warm in
to this undulation. Your head turns
to watch crepe terns litter the stern landscape
with their offal. Their piercing screech
hits the wave with its own momentum,
cilium echoes in interstitial spray
as the cotillion of migrants shrill overhead
on their way warm, leaving beneath
all impetus of movement throughout
range mountains. You close your lids
and ruminate the smell of imminent storm,
sturm and drang, might it be, as the drag
of probability weighs you down along
the Atlantic line, you sift between currents
in destructive permanence as gyres of plastics
creep unholy expanse over the surface,
riding the surf like tiny demonic dolphins
or Martian buoys. You whirl in oceanic decay
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