Listening to the Bees

Poetic Licence: An Interview with Read Local BC

Poetic Licence is a special Read Local BC column for National Poetry Month. Each column features one poet and a snapshot into their bookish world. 

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the current Poet Laureate for Surrey and her forthcoming book, Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems written in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston:renee-saklikar_listening-to-the-bees

A few excerpts:

“How do you write your first draft of a poem? – Almost always, first drafts are in pencil; although, these days, composition occurs in my head while walking/running, or dancing, or doing yoga. Then I have to race to my device (less than ideal), or better, home to my desk, or to a café to scrawl out lines on pages in my notebook.

How much do you edit or rewrite a poem, and how do you decide when it’s done (or good enough)? – I confess to compulsive editing and revision, even after book/chapbook publication. I’m obsessed with sound and syntax, less to description, so until the form and structure and sound feel right, I keep trying different combinations. May the poem never be done!”

Read the Rest of The Interview Here

Events and readings

Pay with a Poem: National Poetry Month

Pay With A Poem

Happy to share the following fun and inclusive poetry event to kick off April as National Poetry Month!

“Pay with a Poem” is back at the Newton Espresso Café! Pay with a poem and get a free coffee, tea or pop during the month of April, 2017 at the Newton Espresso Café! The Newton Espresso Café is located at 7330—137 Street in Newton.

All poems must be original. Poems can be on any theme and in any format, but we encourage submissions on the themes of “Mugs and Conversations.” Selected poems will be published in the monthly community-led poetry publication “The Cedar Bark ‘Zine.”

This “Pay with a Poem” initiative is presented by Newton Espresso Café, Friends of the Grove, and the Cedar Bark Poets in celebration of National Poetry MonthFor more information on the “Pay with a Poem” initiative, contact David Dalley at info@friendsofthegrove.caFor more information on the Newton Espresso Café contact owner Youssif Ihab at youssif_pws@hotmail.com or (604) 590-2299.”

See here for pictures and a summary of last year’s “Pay with a Poem”

Lunch Poems at SFU

National Poetry Month: Lunch Poems with Eve Joseph and Patrick Friesen

Lunch Poems Poster-2016 spring roster

April is National Poetry Month.

To celebrate Canadian poetry and its contribution to enriching our lives, Belzberg Library invites you to check out our display and borrow a volume of poetry.

The library has a collection of works by local poets that supports Lunch Poems, a free, public program of monthly poetry readings at SFU Vancouver.  Come, be inspired!”

The next Lunch Poems on April 20 from noon to 1:00pm will feature Eve Joseph and Patrick Friesen.

Learn More Here

Events and readings

April 9: Poetry night at Koerner Library

April 9: Poetry night at Koerner Library

“In celebration of National Poetry Month during April, Koerner Library will host a trio of local poets for a sumptuous night of food and verse.

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media – to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.”

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 9 from 5 to 6:30pm

Location: Walter C. Koerner Library, third floor (main floor) near the fireplace.

Feature Poets: Kevin McNeillyElee Kraljii Gardiner, Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Click Here to RSVP