I’m trying to eat my hamburger
and people keep posting photos
of this dead lion an American
dentist paid $55,000 to kill
in Zimbabwe. Please pass
28 July 2015
Over and out.
A spotty record of a writer.
When you live in a small town, and you want things to happen, sometimes you have to make them happen yourself.
I'm grateful to rob mclennan for blogging about my latest poetry collection, A Hamburger in a Gallery. I appreciate that he recognized the broad range of work. That whole book is about eclecticism, perhaps more so than any of my previous books. rob writes: "Ross’ poetics shift from the surreal to the straightforward, from the concrete to the downright meditative and philosophical, as well as through a strange humour, self-aware and even ironic sadness, and sense of deep loss that permeate much of the collection."
It is true that I now live in Cobourg, even though all the Toronto hasn't been shaken out of me. On Tuesday I'm launching my three new books in my adopted town. I've seen a lot of support for my launches since I moved here, but I'm nervous about this one. Maybe the novelty of a Stuart Ross book launch has worn off. Will anyone show up?
Father's Day, and 14 years since my father, Sydney Ross, died. Dave Keon was number 14 for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I don't like sports much, but I used to watch hockey with my dad and my brothers, all of whom were big sports fans. I liked Dave Keon, because he seemed like a nice guy. Like my dad.
I was asked this year to judge something called The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest, and I said sure. I mean, I asked them a lot of questions, and then I said sure.
With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:
• the publication of their contest winning poetry on this contest website;
• a listing of their names in the November issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews; and
• private online mentoring sessions with the contest judge (valued at $1,000, shared among the three winners).