Frank Scott Poetry Day Evening Reading and 120th Birthday Celebration

June 29, 2019

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Evening Reading and Birthday Celebration

featuring George Elliott Clarke, Seymour Mayne, and others

7:15 PM, Thursday August 1, 2019

Green Centre, 1090 Greene Ave. Westmount, QC

COST: $10

To reserve, email publicpoetry@gmail.com

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George Elliott Clarke Poetry Workshop

June 29, 2019

Great Scott!
Writing Political (ly Conscious) Poetry

with George Elliott Clarke
former Poet laureate of Canada

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“I will introduce participants to ways of generating ideas and images to address the political (conscious and/or unconscious!).
All that aside, it’ll be good for poets/writers generally.”

George Elliott Clarke Workshop
4 PM – 5:30 PM   Thursday, August 1, Greene Centre, 1090 Greene Avenue, Westmount.
To register and pay for this workshop, send an email to publicpoetry@gmail.com

George Elliott Clarke is the Inaugural EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-2017) and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Seymour Mayne’s Word Sonnet Workshop

June 29, 2019

More than Your Baking Class,

an Active Workshop in Writing Word Sonnets 

with Seymour Mayne

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Open to all, including master bakers, chefs, cooks, and mavens of cuisine!

2 PM – 3:30 PM   Thursday, August 1, Greene Centre, 1090 Greene Avenue, Westmount.
To register and pay for this workshop, send an email to publicpoetry@gmail.com

Forget

about

herbs,

try

verbs!

Set

aside

flour,

bake

up

poetry

with

word

power.      

Try your hand at literary composition, writing some spontaneous word sonnets with encouragement from Seymour Mayne, master word sonneteer whose publications in the sub-genre have received much positive international attention.

The word sonnet is a new variation of the traditional form, fourteen lines long, but with only one word set for each verse. Aficionados will enjoy the terse expression of the word sonnet as they recall F.R. Scott’s consummate handling of concise and playful diction in the service of landscape description and also satire.

Why has the word sonnet caught the eye of so many practising Canadian poets?  What is it about the word sonnet that makes it so contemporary a form?  How can the word sonnet be used in the teaching and appreciation of poetry?  Can it be that it fills a need for succinct utterance in a time of public and electronic surfeit of words? Participants will be encouraged to compose spontaneous word sonnets in a stimulating workshop forum.  Bring pens and paper or any digital device that will be an inducement to your hidden creativity.

Seymour Mayne is the author, editor, or translator of more than seventy books. His writings have been translated into many languages. His latest collections of poetry and short fiction include the bilingual Ricochet: Word Sonnets/Sonnets d’un mot, The Old Blue Couch and Other Stories, and Cusp, a selection of new word sonnets, published to mark fifty years since his first collection appeared in Montreal.

As the leading international innovator of the word sonnet, he has given readings and lectured widely on this unique new ‘miniature’ form.

Seymour Mayne Word Sonnet Workshop
2 PM – 3:30 PM   Thursday, August 1, Greene Centre, 1090 Greene Avenue, Westmount.
To register and pay for this workshop, send an email to publicpoetry@gmail.com

CLICK HERE to return to Frank Scott Poetry Day 2019