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I’m very pleased to say this BC-based poet is finally making it all the way to Ontario, and it’s for the Words Aloud Festival based in Durham. If you’re nearby, I do hope to see you there. I’ll be performing work from my book The Brightest Thing and travelling with my newest (won’t-take-a-bottle) baby. I’ll let you tell me how cute he is!
I’m (re-)posting this interview that Rob Taylor did with me at the end of April as part of National Poetry Month. It was published with Read Local BC, but I must confess that I did not do much to spread the word about it at the time–because it was published the day that Henry was born (I first shared the link on Twitter while I was in early labour). It’s kind of funny, because Rob and I talk about that during our interview: his wife and I shared the same due date for our babies #2… Rob and I were each scrambling to finish our (lovely!) conversation about poetry between the anticipated–and actual–arrival of new babies.
Anyhow: please read and share, if you like. Rob took such careful attention with my book, The Brightest Thing, and asked really smart, sometimes difficult, always thoughtful questions, and I’m very pleased to share this (again) with you.
“Perhaps that’s the truth the book is pursuing. Love is good. I want that to be true. It is true. But how we define love is not always good, and how we pursue it is not always good. That’s getting to the narrative truth of the fairy tale.”
Read more here: “Love is not all: An interview with Ruth Daniell.”
I’ve got a new, never-before-seen poem (from my working manuscript) now up on the DUSIE blog as this week’s Tuesday poem. It’s called “Corpse Flower” and it’s about, among other things, life and death and parenthood and “Uncle Fester,” who bloomed last summer at Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory. Please feel free to have a read and share (and subscribe to the Tuesday poem emails, if you haven’t already). My thanks to rob mclennan for the opportunity to be part of the Tuesday poems.
I’ve been mostly offline lately, once again, because–ta da!–my husband and I welcomed our second child into the world. We’ve named him Henry and we are absolutely over-the-moon in love. The little-big guy arrived safely on the last day of April and we are so thrilled to have a happy, healthy family of four.
We’re being very careful about not sharing images of our children online, but here, one time only, is a photo of his wonderful tiny, very long toes.
My poem “Schloss Steinau, Hesse, Germany,” originally published in Room and from my book The Brightest Thing (Caitlin Press, 2019) is today’s featured poem on Poetry Daily. Go check it out!
In this new interview, some kind people at refer to me as “rad” (!) and let me talk about my love of poetry and fairy tales. And one of the poems I’m most proud of from my book The Brightest Thing is included in this feature on All Lit Up Canada–the first time that “Fitcher’s Bird” has appeared online. Please have a read and feel free to share widely!
Please also check out the other featured poets and books over on the All Lit Up Canada blog. For the entire month of April–National Poetry Month!–they’re featuring women poets in their series Poetry Grrrowl and you can get 15% OFF all of their featured collections until April 30th, including my book The Brightest Thing!
Oh, you know me, someone asks me about my writing and I respond by asking really easy questions like, “how do we love each other, and love each other well, in a world that’s damaged?”
Thanks to Malcolm Curtis of talking about strawberries all the time for taking the time out of his strawberry time to talk to me about how I came to poetry, about my first book, and what’s next for me (aside from another baby)! In the interview–the art of writing #2–I talk about my book The Brightest Thing, and my current working manuscript, Dear bird, two poems from which recently appeared in talking about strawberries all the time.
I sat down and answered some questions for the kind folks over at All Lit Up Canada for their Writer’s Block column. If you’re curious about why I wrote The Brightest Thing, what my next book is going to be about, what advice I have for other writers, or what kind of adorable novelty drawer knobs are on my writing desk… Well, this is the interview for you. Here’s a short excerpt to get you hooked:
Because everyone is familiar with fairy tales to some extent, they provide a good common ground for us to engage in conversation about the unhealthy expectations held up by romantic love. I want to show that the fairy tale pursuit of “happily ever after” can be problematic in the contemporary world, I want to be really honest about the harm it can cause—how rape culture is normalized and restricted gender expectations hurt us—but I also want to be really honest about how truly wonderful love can be.”Ruth Daniell, in conversation with All Lit Up Canada (March 2019)
I’m back in home in Kelowna now, after making stops in Prince George, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria performing poems from The Brightest Thing, and now I’m excited to finish planning my book launch here and then settle in for some much-needed writing and painting time before I’m too busy for awhile to make much time for my creative life: at the end of April, my second child is due! I’m very round these days, very resentful of shoelaces, and very grateful for my healthy, growing family.