Date: Sep. 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: The Poetry Yurt
Announcing our cats v dogs open mic! Poetry Gabriola would like to solve an age-old debate once and for all: which is better, cats or dogs? Dogs may have Billy Collins, but cats have Elizabeth Bishop. For the next open mic, bring a poem by another poet and one by yourself. You can even bring one cat poem and one dog poem, but in this political climate, do you really want to be a centrist? The organizers are split in half–PC Vandall is on team dog, and Jill Talbot is on team cat. You can find much inspiration from The Big New Yorker Book of Cats and The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs.
The open mic will be followed by our featured poet Lawrence Feuchtwanger,
What does it mean to leave the country—and the people—you love? To be uprooted from the soil that gave birth to and nurtured you? To abandon both your past and your hoped for future and embark on a voyage of uncertainty?
“In Refugee Song, Lawrence Feuchtwanger takes the reader on a psychic journey back to the land of his birth, using sharply-etched, taut, visceral poems to provide signposts along the way. Filled with echoes of longing and the ache that accompanies all attempts at return, the poems speak a language that is at once personal and political, held together by mythological strands that create yet another layer in this dense and intense spiritual travelogue.”
– Michael Mirolla (Berlin)
“It’s rare to find a first collection of poems so layered with consequence and intoxicating metaphor. Feuchtwanger’s account of his return visit to South Africa ‘to unbury the dead’ is exquisite and excruciating. This is an elegant and substantial new voice.”
– Betsy Warland (Breathing the Page – Reading the Act of Writing)