After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees: A Review

Many thanks to Calgary poet, editor, and Touch the Donkey contributor Nikki Sheppy for reviewing my chapbook After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees, in the latest issue of filling Station (“the small press issue!”) A snippet:

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Bees, not moths, figure in Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s butter-coloured chapbook, After the Battle of Kingsway, the Bees—from above/ground press. The 15-page suite is an excerpt from volume 2 of Saklikar’s ongoing long work about place and identity, thecanadaproject—from which her first book, Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, also draws…”

You can read the review at above/ground press HERE.

 

THOT-J-BAP: extractions from Nomados Press

This week on Friday, I’ll be launching my new chapbook, THOT-J-BAP: extractions from Nomados Press alongside Marguerite Pigeon and her chapbook, My Model Poem.

Nomados Press Thot-J-Bap

Like the bees who populate it, Saklikar’s THOT-J-BAP is humming, productive, and vital, performing an urgent gathering of specimens amassed, dissipated, and recollected from which it extracts ‘those gems they would steal’: fragments of stories, of love, of violence, of remembering, of ‘what once was, compressed.’ This is fecund, fabulous work.”

–  Catriona Strang

I always have my eye out for a truly ambitious poetry—and here it is, epic in scope, running through its own newly-created dimension just outside of recognizable time and space, a mobile world moving by, line by line, touching “what hurts, what helps, what heals,” transformed. Saklikar manages a near perfect merger of forward-momentum narrative and paratactic detail where each word is a hypnotically pronounced incantation, the story pulled into glittering erotic fragments, each piece a world in itself, glowing, refracting, the ambition of the part to overwhelm the whole. THOT-J-BAP is poetry to lose and find yourself in. I’m hooked.” 

– Stephen Collis

Date: Friday, November 3 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Location: People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

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The 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award‏ Shortlist

Bpnichol shortlist 2017Delighted to announce that my chapbook After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees–, was shortlisted for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award‏:

The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, mentor, and micropress publisher bpNichol (1944–1988).

The $4,000 prize purse, donated by an anonymous benefactor, makes this the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook, specified as a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Helen Guri of Montréal, Québec, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country.

The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Sonnet L’Abbé. Anima Canadensis. Junction Books
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 18, 2017, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, ephemera, and recordings generally not available in bookstores. The free event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.”

A Review of After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees

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Image from above/ground press.

Thanks to Subterranean Blue Poetry for doing a review of my chapbook, After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees:

“…The long poem begins in aftermath, perhaps a broken love affair, an argument, escalated into war, has ceded into the depths of time. A fascinating play with language and concepts, the images of bees hover in the background as if painted into different dimensions of time overlapping, the poem works on different levels, as if in parallel realities. In the work, bee images surface, sometimes as if the protagonists in the story are bees and there are images of bees, the inside of nests, the making of wax enclaves for honey. A magic symbol in pagan mythology, symbolizing the productivity of the community, fertility and royal enclaves, the imagery weaves an allusion to bloodlines and the tenacity of the human spirit in adversity. As if a comment on the strained cultural way of the West during the Industrialized Economy and the ensuing violence in personal relationships with whispers of the reclaiming of Holy Spirit tenets and cultural knowledge in the New Computerized Society beginning to recreate peace…”

Read the Review Here

Jan 27 – Mashed Poetics: Full Moon Fever

I’ll be performing a couple of sci-fi journey poems with the Mashed Poetics crew next Saturday on the Drive. Come on by and say hi! Here are the details:

“Mashed Poetics is a night of spoken word and music mash up. Poets are asked to write new work based on a song from the album we choose and we have a live band to play all the songs. Poets perform in between the tunes.

The next show is Saturday Jan 27th at Café Deux Soleils and we feature the late 80s classic Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty.”

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Jan 25: Robbie Burns Day Poetry Recital

robbie burns“You’re invited!

Please join SFU Surrey and Vancouver’s Executive Directors, Steve Dooley and Laurie Anderson, Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renee Saklikar, and the community as we celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s beloved poet, Robbie Burns.

If you’ve never heard the Bard of Ayrshire’s poetry, participated in a bagpipe procession or tasted haggis (or quite simply, you can’t get enough), this will be a real treat.

  • 11.30am: BagPipe & Haggis Procession. Led by the Executive Directors, the procession will start from the staircase at main entrance to Central City mall leading to the WestStone Group Grand Hall (campus mezzanine).
  • 12pm: Welcome Remarks, Haggis Address & Food Tasting
  • 12.30pm: Robbie Burns Poetry Recital.

Come join and listen to Surrey’s Poet Laureate as she reads Robbie Burn’s poetry. There will also be an opportunity to try your hand at Burns poetry, and a chance to win a prize! Also, during the week of January 22nd, be sure to check out the Robbie Burns literary works display at the Surrey campus’s Fraser Library.  To get into the spirit of the occasion, feel free to dress in traditional Scottish attire, or sport your favourite tartan colours!”

Date: Thursday, January 25th
Time: 11.30am – 1pm
Location: SFU Surrey (campus mezzanine)

 

Lunch Poems at SFU: Jónína Kirton & Joanne Arnott

Lunch Poems Jan 18

Lunch Poems connects the city with poets – a great place to bring your lunch and your questions about poetry. There’s always a Q & A after the reading.

The light in the Teck Gallery at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus is beautiful, the vibe is friendly and relaxed.

And we always end on time.

Where: Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver

When: Jan 17, 2018 at 12:00pm

Learn More Here