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indexThis selection is not my usual random pick from the book shelf.

I chose The Essential Anne Wilkinson selected by Ingrid Ruthig, Editor, after hearing Ingrid read at the inaugural ‘Writers In My Residence’ Salon hosted by Carin Makuz.

The Essential Poets Series presents the works of Canada’s most celebrated poets, published by The Porcupines Quill, “… an artisanal publisher that values the art and craft of the book, both in content and in form”.

This is the eleventh volume in the series.

Although the choice of book wasn’t random this time, the poem is.  I flipped this handsome book open to page 50 and here is what I discovered …

UNTITLED

High as fear
The tightrope,
Thin as silk the string
My feet are walking walking
Since my mother cried
And the doctor cut the cord
And stranded me here.

Numberless as clowns
Are my beginnings —
Teeter, crazily totter,
Windmills for arms;
The long street breathless
And I more breathless than windows,
Waiting.

But I am two times born
And when a new moon cuts the night
Or full moons froth with my
And witches’ milk

I walk the tightrope
Free and easy as an angel,
Toes as certain of their line of silk
As the sturdy ones
Whose feet are curled with earth.

Publisher: The Porcupines Quill
ISBN-13: 9780889843769

cache_3246228204Inspired by comments from Janet over at Heart to Harp here’s another poem from Michel Pleau and his collection, “Eternity Taking It’s Time“.  The book wasn’t selected at random from the shelf, but Page 48 was:

HIGH WINDS

you never know
what remains of the storm
after it has spilled
its overflow of lies
even into the abodes

nor how the lamps
drink from memory

and then comes the moment
when the night thinks
only of touching the name of things
to become the pond
that claims the abandoned world

Translation of La lenteur du monde by Howard Scott.

Publisher:  Bookland Press Inc. of Markham, ON.
ISBN: 978-1-926956-31-2

Eternity _Taking _Its _Time_FRONT_COVER

indexFound this 2014, “A Selection of the Shortlist” recently … what luck!  Published annually, the Griffin Poetry Prize anthology features the work of the extraordinary poets shortlisted for the Award.

PUBLISHER:  House of Anansi
ISBN: 978-1-77089-449-5

Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology will be donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, created to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression, and to offer endangered languages the opportunities to be heard in their communities. – See more at: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2014-shortlist/#anthology
Royalties from The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology will be donated to UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, created to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression, and to offer endangered languages the opportunities to be heard in their communities. – See more at: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2014-shortlist/#anthology

Today’s random pick took me to Page 33, a poem by Carl Phillips from his book, Silverchest

JUST THE WIND FOR A SOUND, SOFTLY

There’s a weed whose name I’ve meant all summer
to find out: in the heat of the day, dangling pods hardly
worth the noticing; in the night, blue flowers … It’s as if
a side of me that he’d forgotten had forced into the light,
briefly, a side of him that I’d never seen before, and now
I’ve seen it.  It is hard to see anyone who has become
like your own body to you. And now I can’t forget.

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