Fox Haunts reviewed

What caught your imagination when you were young?

For me it was Foxes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E58HtvVZQXs*

Two beautiful reviews Fox Haunts came in this evening
one after the other
on little fox feet from the Okanagan.

How could I not share them with you?

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Fox Haunts. Poems by Penn Kemp. Aeolus House, 2018. 97 pages. $20.

Review by Bill Arnott

First time I saw a fox I was atop an open-air double decker, trundling along rugged coast, intermittently thrashed by leafy birch as though in a weaving Finnish sauna. I was compelled to shield my eyes – the same reaction as when something’s beyond comprehension, available only to the worthy. In fact it was present for everyone. Laid bare, unabashedly rich in beauty and lore. A slender, russet blonde animal, taller than I imagined. Regal. Same as when I met Penn Kemp. Somewhere a fellow trickster – Loki, Kokopelli perhaps, danced a gleeful jig, as I carried a newly signed Fox Haunts to my semi-detached lair.

Adaptation runs through this London Laureate’s new poems in darting twists, flight from imagined hunter’s horn. At times furtive, dreamily camouflaged, or bounding in plain sight, Kemp’s artistry enraptures. We join Penn in childhood, parents fused into fox memories with “A Child’s Garden Fox.”

“Sleepy, sleeping in my mother’s lap. Nestled. / When. A fox ran in front of the car. And / was transfixed by the headlights. Ran and / ran in front of the car but could not escape”

In red hued monochrome we glimpse dead fur and living banshees in “Steal, Stole, Stun.”

“The dried heads of black fox hung / from my grandmother’s stole as if / ready to strike. Dead flat button jet / eyes shut tight to their own secret”

And with fireside ease we move through seasons, geography and myth, playful “Glow” perching us parrot-like on the writer’s shoulder, experiencing evolving words while peering real-time into her thoughts.

“That narrow snout surfaces to / figure your next ploy, asking / curiously: ‘Who do you serve?’ // The essential question mocks / my reply. The whole, of course.”

Reading Kemp’s work I feel nestled in a sidecar affixed to the master’s motorbike, confident in her route, at times in conversation, storytelling, or akin to a lie-down on a therapist’s sofa. This book can leave one simultaneously inspired and intimidated, seeing genius expand exponentially with time.

Writing this I’m at Penn’s desk, at least the one she left for me to use in Vernon, BC. Beside me Fox Haunts lies curled and content, in its rightful place atop the rest. Through a broad bay window a few last leaves cling in vixen colours and from “Entertaining the Fox” the author’s words linger. “May you be translated. And remain / entirely your own.”

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Review by Fern G. Z. Carr

Penn Kemp’s Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) is an intriguing exploration of all that is vulpine – a quest to define the quintessential nature of the fox. In keeping with its elusive nature, her portrayal of this creature is fluid and dynamic.

The title, Fox Haunts, is an apt play on words.  This is not only a work of place but a work that is indeed haunting – whether by its mastery of surreal imagery such as the reverie of miniature firefly-like foxes or the cruel reality of rabies.

Poems are contrasting yet complementary: predation vs. elegance (“sharp white teeth” / “Vixen slips off her black gloves”) and science vs. folklore (“The earth’s magnetic field serves as a reference guide for our Fox” / “foxglove holds the power of opposites”).

After having examined the vicissitudes and psyche of the fox, Kemp ultimately concludes that a fox is but a fox.  Her final poem in this collection is essentially a benediction with a proviso that the species will be fine as long it can be freed from pejorative mythologies and human interference – a caveat reflecting the sensibilities of the enchanting poems in this book.

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Stanley Fefferman‘s review is up on http://poets.ca/2018/08/10/review-fox-haunts-by-penn-kemp/ and http://opusonereview.com/?p=4786.

FOX HAUNTS is available from pennkemp@gmail.com for $20 plus shipping, signed.

*Video of my reading by Dennis Siren.

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London’s Words festival brings writers, readers together

London Free Press WordsFest 2018_jpg_largeThe festival features emerging and established London writers and some of Canada’s most celebrated authors, poets and journalists reading and talking about their work and leading workshops on a variety of topics.

Other familiar names attending the festival are Western University’s writer-in-residence Cherie Dimaline, London’s poet laureate Tom Cull and poet, performer and playwright Penn Kemp, whom Ricci met in Whitehorse at a similar festival in the early 1990s.

Kemp is part of the session called Poet Laureate Presents, River of Words on Saturday at 4 p.m. featuring writers and musicians. Kemp will be reading poems from River Revery (to be published next year by Insomniac Press), a collaboration with film artist Mary MacDonald’s Augmented Reality presentation (check it out online at riverrevery.ca.)

On Sunday, at 11 a.m., Kemp and poet and children’s writer Susan Musgrave will give readings and be in conversation with Western professor Allan Pero.

“I love these festivals, both as an outreach to the public and as a way for writers to see each other,” said Kemp, 74, who served as London’s inaugural poet laureate and a Western writer-in-residence as well as the League of Canadian Poets’ Spoken Word Artist in 2015.

“These festivals really bind Canada’s literary community together. But the best thing for me is it keeps me current in terms of what’s happening in the field, especially among the younger, new writers, but also the writers we’ve known for decades.”

Kemp said the “best” part of a Words festival is that it’s free (with the exception of Friday’s opening reception).

“These are among Canada’s most accomplished writers and I’d suggest it’s essential for young writers to attend,” said Kemp.

“You get to hear the poets (and writers) express their work, present it in keeping with their intention, so the voice and the written word match.”

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IF YOU GO

What: Words: The Literary and Creative Arts Festival featuring more than 40 authors, poets and other writers from the region and across Canada, presented by Western University, Museum London and London Public Library.

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m-7 p.m.

Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N.

Tickets: All events are free. Visit wordsfest.ca for a schedule and details.

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What does a free book expo featuring over 40 local authors and small presses inside a museum look like ? Find out at @WordsLDN this weekend! http://ow.ly/oR4G30msM2K

Wordsfest in London ON

This weekend!  November 2-4 at http://wordsfest.ca/!

KUDOS galore to Josh Lambier for steering this grand festival through all five years! A marvelous achievement!  Here’s celebrating our writers, near and far!

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Thanks to the Free Press for celebrating our authors! WordsFest London Canada

SATURDAY
I’ll be in THE POET LAUREATE PRESENTS, reading poems from River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019) with Mary McDonald’s Augmented Reality presentation, https://riverrevery.ca. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London.
http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/poet-laureate-presents-river-of-words.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4 pm
Museum London, Lecture Theatre

Mary McDonald is excited to share the animation films and the augmented reality artwork created for River Revery. The AR (augmented reality) artwork will be on display throughout the weekend and Mary will be there helping you to augment your reality! She will also be there to show you how you can become part of the River Revery Story and be featured on the Story Wall at RiverRevery.ca and https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/riverreveryldn/
https://riverrevery.ca/story-wall/#wdi1/1876238441669149753_1957813276

River Revery is an ongoing collaboration about the Thames between Mary McDonald and me, sponsored by London Arts Council’s Community Investment Program and Libro.

http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/poet-laureate-presents-river-of-words

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Join us for a reading and conversation with Penn Kemp & Susan Musgrave, hosted by Western’s Dr. Allan Pero. I’ve known Susan for decades and published her in my anthology of Canadian poetry, TWELFTH KEY,  in 1976 (Applegarth Follies, London!)

Penn Kemp & Susan Musgrave: In Conversation
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 11:00 am
Museum London, Lecture Theatre
https://www.facebook.com/events/1938720609755974/

Our “In Conversation” sessions at Words Festival offer a unique combination of author readings, moderated dialogue, and questions from the audience!

http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/penn-kemp-susan-musgrave-in-conversation

ALL WEEKEND
Come meet local authors… and buy our books:)! Souwesto Book Expo

Meet local and visiting authors, discover literary work in a range of genres from poetry to loyalist histories to murder mysteries, and learn from a number of writing and publishing workshops – this is the Souwesto Book Expo!

London's Words festival brings writers, readers together

Review of My “Two Minds” by Susan McCaslin

What a life and poetry-affirming review!

Harold Rhenisch

This review just appeared in Dialogue. It’s so great to have a reader like Susan and a publisher who will give space to a thorough review like this. I am deeply honoured and grateful.

“Two Minds, One Household,”
A Review of Harold Rhenisch’s Two Minds (Frontenac House, 2015)
by Susan McCaslin, Fort Langley BC

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Harold Rhenisch’s recent volume of poetry, Two Minds, is a unified long poem composed of a series of aphoristic ghazals, variations on the Persian classic form. To enter this sequence is to step inside a place where history, myth, language, and the poetry of the natural world converge. In these gnomic utterances, inner realities mirror and contain each other in a way that suggests everything is interconnected with everything else.
The “two minds” of the title are at one level the thinking-feeling individual mind and a more unified consciousness that includes and transcends it. Only a…

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Wild in the West… and Reading

I’m thrilled to be the Kalamaka Press Writer-in-Residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC.  October 1-31, 2018.  Readings TBA.  Come and visit!  See http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.

Take a look at this gorgeous place and its history: https://www.caetani.org/about/.

I’ll be launching Local Heroes (Insomniac Press), Fox Haunts (Aeolus Press) and reading from Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Press)!

Check out https://www.riverrevery.ca, my new collaboration with Mary McDonald!

Sunday October 14, 7:00 pm.  Reading with Daphne Marlatt. Co-op People’s Bookstore. 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5. Contact: Rolf (604) 253-6442  coopbks@telus.net

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 8:00 pm. Launch of Local Heroes and reading with Susan McCaslin. Spoken Ink Reading Series, Burnaby Arts Council, Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC. Host Lara Varasi, lvaresi@shaw.ca (604)240-8903. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. http://burnabywritersnews.blogspot.com/2018/10/our-october-16-spoken-ink-guests.html

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen. Poets’ Corner, Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia, Vancouver BC. Sponsored by Canada Council.
Contact: James Felton (604) 7676908  jamesfelton52@gmail.com  www.massybooks.com/,
http://poetscorner.ca/home.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen at Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC.  https://www.facebook.com/events/351126375627708/permalink/351126402294372Contact: Matt Rader, 250.807.8092  matthew.rader@ubc.ca 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 12:30-1:50 pm. Reading, Creative writing, Canadian Literature classes, Department of English, Okanagan College, Vernon Campus. Contact:  Kerry Gilbert kgilbert@okanagan.bc.ca (250) 545-7291 ext 2277.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30-8:30.  Open Mic and Reading. Caetani Cultural Centre, 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd, Vernon, BC V1T 4L4. Contact: Susan Brandoli, executive director,<ed@caetani.org(250) 275-1525  http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.

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Wednesday, October 10, 5:15–6:30 pm. Reading. Contact: Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, UBC, FIPKE 124, 1148 Research Rd. Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 1V7. Contact: nancy.holmes@ubc.ca 250 807 9369.

 

October readings with Penn in BC!

I was thrilled to be the Kalamaka Press Writer-in-Residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC.  October 1-31, 2018.  See http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.

Take a look at this gorgeous place and its history: https://www.caetani.org/about/.  I highly recommend a residency here for any artist!

I launched Local Heroes (Insomniac Press), Fox Haunts (Aeolus Press) and reading from Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Press)!

Check out https://www.riverrevery.ca, my new collaboration with Mary McDonald!

Wednesday, October 10, 5:15–6:30 pm. Reading. Contact: Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, UBC, FIPKE 124, 1148 Research Rd. Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 1V7. Contact: nancy.holmes@ubc.ca 250 807 9369.

Friday, October 12. 12:15-2pm SUAW, Triumph Coffee, Vernon

Sunday October 14, 7:00 pm.  Reading with Daphne Marlatt. Co-op People’s Bookstore. 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5. Contact: Rolf (604) 253-6442  coopbks@telus.net

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 8:00 pm. Launch of Local Heroes and reading with Susan McCaslin. Spoken Ink Reading Series, Burnaby Arts Council, Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC. Host Lara Varasi, lvaresi@shaw.ca (604)240-8903. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. http://burnabywritersnews.blogspot.com/2018/10/our-october-16-spoken-ink-guests.html

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen. Poets’ Corner, Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia, Vancouver BC. Sponsored by Canada Council.
Contact: James Felton (604) 7676908  jamesfelton52@gmail.com  www.massybooks.com/,
http://poetscorner.ca/home.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Milkcraters of the Moon Reading Series. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen at Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L8. Contact: Matt Rader, 250.807.8092  matthew.rader@ubc.ca

Monday, October 22, 2018, 12:30-1:50 pm. Reading, Creative writing, Canadian Literature classes, Department of English, Okanagan College, Vernon Campus. Contact:  Kerry Gilbert kgilbert@okanagan.bc.ca (250) 545-7291 ext 2277.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30-8:30.  Open Mic and Reading. Caetani Cultural Centre, 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd, Vernon, BC V1T 4L4. Contact: Susan Brandoli, executive director,<ed@caetani.org(250) 275-1525  http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html.

Friday, October 26. 12:15-2pm SUAW, Triumph Coffee, Vernon
7:30 pm. SPOKE, Castani House, Vernon

 

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Friday-Sunday, November 2-4, 2018. Wordsfest, Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON. http://wordsfest.ca/, http://wordsfest.ca/authors.

Saturday, November 3.  The Poet Laureate Presents: a River of Words. Reading poems from River Revery (Insomniac Press, 2019) with Mary McDonald’s Augmented Reality presentation, https://riverrevery.ca. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON. http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/poet-laureate-presents-river-of-words

Sunday, November 4. 2018 at 11:00 am. Penn Kemp & Susan Musgrave​: In Conversation. Wordsfest, Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout Street North, London ON.  http://wordsfest.ca/events/2018/penn-kemp-susan-musgrave-in-conversation

Fall Readings with Penn

Happy to launch two 2018 collections, Local Heroes (Insomniac Press) and Fox Haunts (Aeolus House). I also read from Barbaric Cultural Practice (Quattro Books)

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Sunday, September 9, 2018, 4-6 pm. Launch of Fox Haunts, with Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Stanley Fefferman, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp and Colin Morton. Pressed (waffle house), 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5. Contact: Allan, abriesmaster@outlook.com.** THANKS to Allan and this grand troupe of poets!

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Aeolus House Brunch at Colin and Mary Lee’s. Photos by Colin Morton

Gavin and Penn. Photo by Colin Morton

Gavin & Penn listening to music played by Mary Lee and Tom

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With Bob Hogg at Pressed… after 50 years!

 

 

 

 

 

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Gavin and Sue McMaster, Ottawa launch. Photo: Robert Hogg

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Aeolus Ottawa Launch! Photo: Pearl Pirie

Monday, Sept. 10, 7 pm. Launch, Local Heroes and Fox Haunts. Novel Idea, 156 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B1. Introduced by Elizabeth Greene. Contact: (613) 546-9799, egreene4@cogeco.ca. With many thanks to Aurora Dokken! Featured on Bruce Kauffman’s radio show “finding a voice”—a showcase of spoken-word events  broadcast weekly, Friday 4-6pm EST on CFRC 101.9FM. http://75.103.74.42/wp/eventscalendar/

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Reading  from Local Hero at Novel Idea, Kingston. Photo by Andrew Sims.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7-9 pm. Launch of Fox Haunts, with Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp and Sydney White. Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto. Contact: Allan, abriesmaster@outlook.com.*

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Spooky photo of Becoming FOX at Aeolus To. launch. By Anna Klm.

More September launch pics:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151208875584945&type=1&l=95e82dcd61. Photos by Pearl Pirie
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gVRNQMk5fW1uYiZIhfO5o49eMt6EzClo Photos by Colin Morton

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1 pm. Launch of Out of Line by Tanis MacDonald with Tom Cull and Penn. Reading from Local Heroes and Fox Haunts. Oxford Book Shop, 262 Piccadilly St, London, N6A 1S4. Contact: Hilary  519-438-8336, http://www.oxfordbookshop.com

October 1-31, 2018.  Kalamaka Press Writer-in-Residence, Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon, BC.  Readings TBA. http://www.kalwriters.com/residency/residency.html, https://www.caetani.org/about/

Wednesday, October 10, 5:15 – 6:30. Reading. Contact: Nancy Holmes, Department of Creative Studies, UBC, FIPKE 124, 1148 Research Rd. Kelowna, British Columbia, V1V 1V7.

Sunday October 14.  Reading with Daphne Marlatt. Co-op People’s Bookstore. 1391 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X5. Contact: Rolf (604) 253-6442, coopbks@telus.net

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 8:00 pm. Launch of Local Heroes and reading with Susan McCaslin. Spoken Ink Reading Series, Burnaby Arts Council, Deer Lake Gallery, 6584 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby, BC. Host Lara Varasi, lvaresi@shaw.ca (604)240-8903.*

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, , 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen. Poets’ Corner, Massy Books, 229 E. Georgia, Vancouver BC. Sponsored by Canada Council.***
Contact: James Felton (604) 767-6908  jamesfelton52@gmail.com www.massybooks.com/.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm. Launch and reading with Sharon Thesen at Milkcrate Records, 527 Lawrence Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6L8. Contact: Matthew Rader, P. 250.807.8092  matthew.rader@ubc.ca

Saturday, October 20, 2018. Nelson, BC.  Launch,  The Triumph of Teresa Harris and Local Heroes.  TBA. Contact: Elizabeth Cunningham, elizabeth@waterside.ca

November 2-4, Wordsfest, London ON. TBA. Mary McDonald and I are presenting River Revery augmented reality as part of Poet Laureate Presents. http://wordsfest.ca/

* The launches in Ottawa and Burnaby are sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts. Thanks for their continued support!
** The launch in Toronto is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, Metro Readings in Public Places.
***The launch in Vancouver is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

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LOCAL HEROES: Poetry  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $19.95  ·  Trade paperback  ·
ISBN 978-1-55483-206-4 ·  154 pages  ·  5″ x 8”

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