Events and readings

The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them


THE REVOLVING CITY is a collection of poetry and short poetic essays where the physical, historical, cultural and linguistic grounds of the urban experience are examined by each poet’s reflection on their own work. The book is co-edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar.   You can hear them both authors speak about the making of the book on Waxed Poetic, the long running poetry show on Vancouver Co-op Radio:30 | Vancouver Co-op Radio

A note of thanks: many thanks to everyone who attended our book launch, hosted by SFU Public Square in collaboration with Lunch Poems at SFU and The Writer’s Studio.  Over a hundred guest participated in our reception which included an enormous celebratory cake, book table with our publisher Anvil Press, and readings by Joanne Arnott, George Bowering, Daphne Marlatt, George Stanley, Fred Wah, and Betsy Warland.  These poets read beautifully, with George Bowering bringing down the house as he read the late Jamie Reid’s poem, “Prayer.” SFU President Andrew Petter opened the event, and the co-founder of Lunch Poems at SFU, Shauna Sylvester, hosted a memorable evening. Deep gratitude to the discerning brilliance of  co-editor, Wayde Compton, the precision organizational skills of Robin Prest, Kim Gilker, from our Lunch Poems team and of course, a thousand thanks to our managing editor Monica Miller.

You can buy The Revolving City at Anvil Press and we’ll also be at Word Vancouver this Sunday.



Featured Reviews

Where the Nights are Twice as Long Review

Where the Nights are Twice as Long, A  Review

Vancouver Island poet Mary Ann Moore reviews Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poetsan intriguing anthology edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes:

“As the letters, poems, emails and texts in this collection are grouped according to the age of the poets at the time of writing, poets and their eras collide. And what grand collisions they are. The book is rich in loss and endings, longevity and, no matter what the age, erotic and sometimes erratic explorations in the realm of love.”

– The Vancouver Sun

Honoured to be a contributor along with many outstanding Canadian poets, including, (and this is just a sampling!): Christine Lowther, Howard White, Ivan E. CoyoteBetsy Warland,  Evelyn Lau, Susan Musgrave, Patrick LaneGeorge Bowering and Al Purdy.

Read the review here

about doing the work

Betsy Warland: Author, Teacher, Mentor

Betsy Warland: Author, Teacher, Mentor

…happy to be a guest at Betsy Warland’s Minding your Manuscript course at SFU Harbour Centre tomorrow…

Betsy Warland
Portrait from Simon Fraser University.

More on Betsy:

12 or 20 questions: with Betsy Warland by rob mclennan

Ten Questions, with Betsy Warland – Open Book: Toronto

Breathing the Page review – The Globe and Mail

Rains Rain – Poetry in the Walrus

Betsy Warland’s website

about doing the work

Working Harder, Excellent Poems, and breath space

about pattern word spaceabout Donato Mancini’s You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence

about the way every ksw workshop I want to attend coincides with reading/performing lyric poetry

about Stuart Ross on pandering and spoken word and the small press

about difficult

about dissonance

about Betsy Warland reading Adrienne Rich

about the breath          into the line

about Albert Goldbarth’s The Two Domains (thx E.Bachinsky)

about doing the work

Finding Jam Ismail, thinking about Tim Bowling and WH New’s YVR

about language, inside/out-sides: lyric/linear

about  talis/woman for the road, language hobbyist, found-by-chance, inside F Wah’s “Half-Bred Poetics” inside Wayde Compton’s teaching – to show, to construct – inside  The Writer’s Studio

Betsy Warland telling me, maybe it is–

about time, about 1980’s at UBC: anthology, blue, paperback (WH New)

about rhythm in Ryga No 5 and Tim Bowling‘s seven

about Main Street and her songs – taking YVR on the skytrain to hear Jam Ismail

about Keefer Street

hey, miss you, Jax