Animal Person, Alexander MacLeod (Iron Dog Books, Vancouver - picked up on the way out of town!)Some Talk of Being Human, Laura Farina (The Book Shop, Penticton)Spring and All, William Carlos Williams (Baker's Books, Hope)The Sound of Poetry, Robert Pinsky (The Book Shop, Penticton)The Essential Muriel Rukeyser, Muriel Rukeyser (Wee Book Inn, Edmonton)The Great Canadian Sonnet, David McFadden (Wee Book Inn, Edmonton)7 to 5, Michael Meagher (Wee Book Inn, Edmonton)Swollening, Jason Purcell (Glass Bookshop, Edmonton)Terra Firma, Pharma Sea, Joseph Kidney (Glass Bookshop, Edmonton)Fugue with Bedbug, Anne-Marie Turza (Glass Bookshop, Edmonton)ICQ, Matthew Walsh (Glass Bookshop, Edmonton)Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, Jan Zwicky (Baker's Books, Hope - forgot it in the photo!)
The following interview is part one of a seven-part series of conversations with BC poets which I released between January and April 2022. All eight interviews were originally posted at ReadLocalBC.ca. This was the third year of my collaboration with Read Local BC (you can read the 2019 interviews here, the 2020 interviews here, and the 2021 interviews here).
Sun Valley Lodge - Ellie SawatzkySomewhere in my mind, you’ve becomeinseparable from the old boats, the plasticAdirondack chairs. Listen, I saw plasticAdirondack chairs long before I eversaw you. I also saw red cars, fireweed,deer in the road. I saw ukuleles and Amélie.I rolled my own cigarettes, smoked themalone, I crocheted poems to keep warmat night before you, so step back, love,this is my line of pine trees. This is mysoft light falling fast behind the lake.