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Awhile back, I wrote a “how a poem works” essay about Julie Bruck’s poem “Sex Next Door” from her excellent book The End of Travel (Brick Books, 1999), and it’s now published as part of Brick Books Celebration of Canadian Poetry. You can go read it now!
I have all of Julie Bruck’s poetry collections; I’d already read Monkey Ranch twice before it was announced as the winner of the 2012 Governor General Award. Her poems are wonderful! I hope you enjoy the essay; please feel free to share the link and spread the news about the Celebration of Canadian Poetry project!
I’m pleased to report that I’m a runner up in Contemporary Verse 2‘s Young Buck Poetry Prize! My sonnet crown “Rapunzel” is forthcoming in their summer 2014 issue.
To see the announcement and full list of winners, please click here.
In other news, on Wednesday (November 27), I had the opportunity to read from my thesis/manuscript at UBC’s Creative Writing Graduation Class of 2013 Reading. It was a privilege to read with such talented colleagues. If you’re not already following the updates from the Creative Writing UBC alumni page, I encourage you to check it out. UBC has a very fine writing program and a history of producing some very exciting writers.
December already! I hope the season is bringing joy and poems and stories to you.
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Last Friday (October 18) I performed at the Romantic Era Salon Concert, as part of the Cowichan Valley Music Teacher Association’s History of Music Weekend Series. (My first post on this event can be found here.)
I felt very humbled to be performing at the same concert with such talented and accomplished musicians: Susan Young (soprano), Bruce Vogt (piano), James Mark (violin), Ruth Williams (piano), and Elizabeth Volpé Bligh (harp). Laura Neithercut and Anthony Thompson from the Arthur Murray Dance School in Victoria also demonstrated the Viennese Waltz, which was great fun to watch! What a wonderful Romantic-inspired evening.
For my first set, I performed William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and Part IV from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Then I read one of my favourite sonnets, by the lesser-known Charlotte Smith. It has one of the best long titles I’ve ever read: “On Being Cautioned Against Walking on a Headland Overlooking the Sea, Because it was Frequented by a Lunatic.”
For my second set, I read from the later Romantics. First, I performed Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandias” and then three poems by John Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” his sonnet “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be,” and “To Autumn.”
Are you or your club or workshop interested in having me perform for you at an upcoming event? I would probably love to! Please feel free to contact me outlining your needs at ruthdaniellwrites(at)gmail(dot)com.