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.”
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!
This is a reminder to all my Victoria-based friends and fellow poetry lovers that I’m reading at Planet Earth Poetry this coming Friday, March 22.
I’m especially pleased to be reading at Planet Earth Poetry because this long-standing reading series was the very same one that I regularly attended once upon a time when I was a wee baby poet doing my undergrad studies at the University of Victoria (where I had the pleasure of working with Lorna Crozier, Carla Funk, Steven Price, and Tim Lilburn, among others). To return to Planet Earth Poetry now, this time as a featured reader with my own book, feels very exciting. Please come join me for this special evening. The full details are below:
♥ Planet Earth Poetry Featuring Ruth Daniell, Bonnie Nish, & Jude Neale
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:15pm
Hillside Coffee and Tea (across from Bolen Books)
1633 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC
Free event. Please show up early if you wish to put your name in the hat for the open mic reading that precedes the featured reader(s). Books will be available for purchase. You can RSVP to the Facebook event or, if you prefer, check out the Planet Earth Poetry website here.
I’ll also be hanging out at Munro’s Books earlier in the day that same day. I would be thrilled if you planned to stop by in the afternoon and chat and/or buy my book in advance and have me sign it for you. (I’ll also doodle a rose and/or a frog wearing a crown, if you like! Maybe even a castle turret?)
I really hope to see you!
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My piece “Poem for a Protective Brother” is available in issue 24 of Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. I’m particularly pleased that this poem–based on the “Hansel and Gretel” fairy tale–made it into this magazine. I couldn’t help submitting my Hansel and Gretel poem to a journal entitled Gingerbread House. Actually, I’ve been watching Gingerbread House for awhile now (as I do all fairy tale journals) and I think they publish some really neat stuff–take a look at the rest of the issue, and the archives, if you’re curious for some magical literature. The editors pair each literary work with visual art, and it’s obvious how much attention goes into the curation.
My thanks to the editors for including me in their very pretty journal, and especially to Christine Butterworth-McDermott for her care. You can start here to read my poem, but be sure to check out the entire journal for good stuff!
I’ve got a new poem, “The Giantess,” in the new issue of The Antigonish Review. I hope you’ll check it out! It’s a monologue from the point of view of the wife of the giant from “Jack and the Beanstalk.” My thanks to the editors for supporting my fairy tale rhymes!
And here’s a photograph of the first of my daffodil buds! It is very rainy in Vancouver these days.
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My copy of the double issue 33/34 of Qwerty arrived in the mail just in time for Christmas! The magazine includes three of my poems: “Swans,” “Blue Moon (Honeymoon),” and “Blue.” I’m really thrilled to see them in print, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too!
Happy holidays, readers and friends! Here’s a photograph of a dark-eyed junco who sometimes hangs out in my garden. May the season bring you lots of warmth, light, love, and a renewed sense of wonder for the world and all the creatures with whom we share it!
I’m so pleased that I got the latest issue of Blue Unicorn in the mail this week. The editors previously published me in their February issue, and I am so impressed by the quality of the poetry in the magazine. It’s one of those magazines where I read through all the other work and I like it all—not something I can say about every single literary journal I pick up.
The new issue features my sonnet for Sleeping Beauty: “Briar Rose.” I encourage you to buy yourself a copy.
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I had a wonderful time at Room’s fall launch last night!
For the first set, Kayla Czaga read her heartwrenching/heart-warming nonfiction piece from issue 37.2, “Expanding the Voice.” Then Paula Lemke read a story that was recogonized with an honourable mention in the 2014 Room Contest – Fiction Category, and Kelly Thompson read a great nonfiction story that was also shortlisted for the competition this year.
The second set was for “the geeks,” when both Julia Dillon-Davis and I read poetry from issue 37.3, “Geek Girls.” Julia was an excellent reader of her own work, including her poem from the issue, “Rites,” which she introduced as a poem “about her decade-long obsession with Buffy.” This was met with complete approval, of course.
I read my poems from “Geek Girls” again (I previously performed them at WORD Vancouver). “Fairy Tales I” is about how hard it is to be a geeky grade six girl, and “Fairy Tales II” is about the power of having imaginary friends and a great brother. Then I read three other poems from my manuscript, The Brightest Thing. None of the extra poems had been tested in front of an audience before, and I was happy to have such a receptive audience! I read a poem inspired by “Hansel and Gretel,” another based on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard,” and ended with a love poem with traces of Perrault’s telling of “Cinderella.”
I have so much gratitude to all my fellow writers and to the hard-working editors of Room. Taryn Hubbard and Meghan Bell made the night go smoothly and brightened up the evening with their enthusiasm! Even if, or especially because, they kept calling me a geek.
Alright, so, who’s excited for the Vancouver Writers Fest? I’m going to a bunch of events this weekend before I have to head back to work. Maybe we’ll run into each other? Say hi!
I was also so pleased that Garth Martens (currently on the shortlist for the Governor General Award for Poetry for Prologue for the Age of Consequence, from which he read at Swoon this past spring) was in town, and he was able to come make it to Heartwood for the Room launch! He’s here from Victoria to catch some of the Writers Fest this weekend. He generously tweeted his excitement before the Room launch last night: