23 October 2008

Collaborative Poetry workshop … and my stay in Montreal

Been compiling writing strategies for next Monday's Collaborative Poetry workshop, a new addition to my workshop roster. It'll be a short session — just a three-hour evening, and there are still a couple of spaces open. Here's the dirt:

Monday, October 27, 6:30-9:30 pm
Christie/Dupont area
$35 includes materials & light snacks

To register, write Stuart at hunkamooga@sympatico.ca

Spend an evening writing poems with complete strangers! This new workshop explores the exciting possibilities that arise when more than one brain creates a poem. A wide range of approaches — including methods used by the Surrealists and the New York Poets — will produce poems unlike anything you’ve ever written.

In the meantime, I'm still in Montreal, where I read last night at Noches de Poesía, an unusual series run by Élizabeth Robert, who I met online when I was mentoring for the League of Canadian Poets' youngpoets.ca. Sina Queyras showed up and we grabbed a couple beers afterwards in Mile End. The night before, Jason Camlot and I spent a couple hours on a collaborative poem, the longest collaborative poem I've been involved in. It took some very neat twists and turns, and I look forward to collaborating with Jason some more.

This morning I'm wrapping up a draft of Buying Cigarettes for the Dog to send to Melanie in Calgary. It'll be nice to have that off my plate for a week or two. I'm fluctuating between "I love this!" and "I hate this!" That's par for the course, though.

Over and out.


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