Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared?
Following in the footsteps of the Keats-Shelley Prize, Young Romantics is a new competition available for writers between ages 16 and 18 who would like to enter their poems and short stories. (Maximum 20 lines for poems and 1,000 words for short stories.) Each work should be inspired by the Romantic poets and refer to the theme this year – Lost Angels.
This weekend across Canada Canadians are celebrate Culture Days. Here in Vancouver you can attend the free Word on the Street Festival . Word on the Street If you haven’t got hold of a Word on the Street brochure (and if you’ve never been), you might not feel particularly inspired to go downtown for this [...]
During the month that I graduated from high school, a friend of mine at the girls school I had attended wrote a letter to me. In it she shared a poem she had written based on what she had learned from our friendship. Recently I found it tucked away in a box of letters and [...]
The other day three new books arrived at our house by international post from the United Kingdom. It was such a significant event in our day that our toddler figured out how to tell us, later on, that the books had arrived in the mail. We retrieved the package and marveled again over how they had arrived. [...]
Aaah – Mary Engelbreit. What’s not to love about her vibrant, sweet illustrations? In recent years you might have come across copies of her “Nursery Tales” and “Mother Goose: 100 Best Loved Verses” publications. Either book makes for a perfect gift for a young child. You just might want to purchase a second copy for [...]
Baba Brinkman was born in the West Kootenays – a beautiful and somewhat remote area of British Columbia- and grew up mostly in Vancouver. According to his biography he was raised in the midst of the province’s tree-planting sub-culture, which was founded in the 1970s by his parents and their friends. Baba planted trees for [...]
The one thing perhaps worth saying about the disappearance of poetry from public view is that we’re likely losing a way of understanding something about life that we don’t get from other linguistic modes, such as story, discourse or the language of science. (S. Persky reviewing “Vancouver: A Poem”.) This week I received a surprise [...]
If you go owling you have to be quiet, that’s what Pa always says. I had been waiting to go owling with Pa for a long, long time. [...] When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope. That’s what Pa says. The kind of hope that flies on silent [...]
The Alice in Wonderland books deserve repeated scrutiny when you consider that the tales reference topics such as set theory, meta-language, Aristotelian logic, topography, game theory, several pre-Socratic logic paradoxes and even quantum physics. Despite mixed reviews, the Alice in Wonderland movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter generated a lot of interest. The movie [...]