Read Locally / Think Globally
Poetry must be seen as poetry, but that does not mean it is without social, political, or other relevant meaning. In fact, it is the mark of a great culture to be aware intensely of art as art, and at the same time as the vehicle for civilized values and for the manifold energies of life. –Louis Dudek
MONTREAL— Poetry Quebec and Chapters are teaming up to celebrate National Poetry Month. From Monday, April 23 to Sunday, April 29, Chapters (1171 Sainte-Catherine Street W.) will prominently display the books of some of Montreal’s finest English-language poets.
The event will culminate in a special “Meet & Greet” from noon to 5 PM on April 28 and 29, where featured poets— Susan Briscoe, Mary di Michele, Endre Farkas, Jack Hannan, Steve Luxton, Robyn Sarah, Carolyn Marie Souaid and Gillian Sze – will be on hand, in one-hour shifts, to sign books and share their love of poetry with the public.
According to Endre Farkas, one of the organizers: “Montreal English language poets have played an important part in the development of Canadian literature. Think of A.M. Klein, F.R. Scott, Louis Dudek, Irving Layton, and Leonard Cohen— to name a few. And the contribution continues with this new generation of writers.”
“Poems have a way of getting to the heart of the matter. And though many would have us believe that it has no relevance, you just have to surf the net to see the thousands of sites and blogs dedicated to poetry. And it is poetry most people turn to when they want to underline the special occasions in their lives,” says co-organizer Carolyn Marie Souaid.
The organizers and co-editors of Poetry Quebec encourage and invite everyone to come out and meet the poets at Chapters, and support them not only because they are local but because they are good.
12-1 Endre Farkas
1-2 Steve Luxton
2-3 Richard Sommer (represented by Vicki Tansey)
3-4 Mary di Michele
4-5 Robyn Sarah
12-1 Carolyn Marie Souaid
1-2 Gillian Sze
2-3 Susan Briscoe
3-4 Jack Hannan
Information: (514) 488-3185
Founded in 2009, Poetry Quebec is an online magazine dedicated to Quebec’s English-language poets and poetry – past and present. Since its inception in 2009, PQ has had over one million hits.