January’s reading was nothing short of superb. Cerebral poems were topped with emotionally charged ones, like poached eggs smothered with hollandaise sauce (okay, hunger is talking here). A fresh voice joined a seasoned one as Chelsea Comeau teamed up with E.D. Blodgett and gave a full house something special.
Joining us on February 19 is a duo who first hit full poetic stride in the 70s. This is the first time in a very long time that Daphne Marlatt will be reading again with Roy Miki. It is a special honour for Poetic Justice to host two writers who together are cornerstones of the West Coast literary movement. Here is more on these two fine writers and poets…
Daphne Marlatt is a critically acclaimed poet (Steveston, Liquidities) and novelist (Ana Historic, Taken). Her most recent title, Reading Sveva features a series of poems in response to the life and work of the Italian-Canadian painter, Sveva Caetani.
[I did say to Daphne that this is the shortest bio of someone so prolific!]
Roy Miki grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Vancouver in the late 1960s. He is the author of many books, including Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice (Raincoast 2004), as well as five books of poems. His third book of poems, Surrender (Mercury Press 2001), received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. More recent publications are Mannequin Rising (New Star 2011), a series of poems and photo collages that probe the internal effects of commodity culture; In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing (NeWest 2011), an essay collection; and Dolphin SOS (Tradewind Books 2014), a children’s book co-written with his wife Slavia, and illustrated by Julie Flett. Dolphin SOS received a 2014 BC Book Prize for best illustrated children’s book.
So mark your calendars for Sunday February 19 and please don’t forget we get underway at 11:30am. Come early so you can register for open mic and place your food & beverage order. So see you for brunch with items starting at $10!