Tuesday, June 02, 2015
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So, after a busy weekend that included the TWUC/LCP AGM in addition to the usual to-ing-and fro-ing, Regina poet Tracy Hamon, The Pas-based writer Lauren Carter, and I read at McNally's Monday night as part of the Envoi Poetry Festival.
There were a lot of poems, a lot of bad jokes (mine) and laughter, and a decent Q&A that included questions about putting together a ms., writing the body, and what it means to write poems in character when the person in question is a relative.
I'd like to thank Kristian Enright for hosting/enduring gentle ribbing, to McNally's for having us, and for the audience, some of which I knew and some of which I didn't...which is how I like it.
(I also managed to pick up the second volume of Rat Queens, which made me happy. The girl had a gift card she was itching to spend and, after extensive browsing, settled on the third Zita the Spacegirl.)
And that's it for the official Stowaways touring. I don't have a single reading on my event horizon, and hoo-boy, am I ever ready for a good long quiet summer of reading & writing & walks in woodsy places.
So is this an envoi ("the usually explanatory or commendatory concluding remarks to a poem, essay, or book; especially: a short final stanza of a ballad serving as a summary or dedication") for my second book? Yah. Mostly.