I’m thrilled to announce my poem, The Prime Minister shook his son’s hand, will be appearing in Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015, sometime this fall. I’m also stupefied something so short (it’s a sentence long!) could have such an impact, but, hey, that’s poetry.
Particular props to the eds. of BCP for scouring the Internet for Can Lit, and to The Steel Chisel, who have now published three of my poems, including the similarly Harper-is-human-themed, How to Kiss the Prime Minister, and the listicle-inspired madness that is Curglaff. If you’re a Canadian poet, submit to little Canadian publications like the Steel Chisel – the grown-ups are paying attention. 😉
I’ve a new poem up at the Steel Chisel, and it’s cryptic as hell but as the Sea Captain says, “You live by the ghost, you die by the ghost.” Watch this space for new poems that don’t require Google.
Other good news: A poetry tour featuring Justin Million, jesslyn delia smith, Rachael Simpson, Cameron Anstee and I is taking form. It will hook around Canadian Thanksgiving, with stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Peterborough. Dates & details later this summer.
A brief note for poets:An earlier version of Curglaff is available on YouTube. I want to say I appreciate literary outlets like the ‘Chisel for publishing a poem that’s appeared elsewhere. With two of Canada’s biggest poetry prizes – the Walrus’ and the CBC’s – denying entry to poems poets have performed on stage, and countless other submissions barred to bloggers & zinesters who JUST WANT TO SHARE THEIR DAMN POETRY and earn a living, we need more outlets like this. Kudos, Mr. Emery.