Best Canadian Poetry Seminars 2015

“The Investigative Poet” with Anita Lahey

You are invited to join Tightrope Books over two Sunday afternoons in March (22nd and 29th) at our cozy office in downtown Toronto for a spirited, in-depth investigation into the nature of poetic inquiry, through a combination of lecture, master class and panel discussion.

What do poets have in common with journalists, academics, scientists and even detectives? They may employ different methods. They may be driven by different motivations. But poets are researchers. Poets are reporters.

Poetry, no matter its form, is driven by a sense of honest inquiry—often urgent inquiry. Aside from such well-known ingredients as observation, contemplation, rhythm, mastery of language, powerful feeling, voice and a way with metaphor, poems are built on facts. But how do the fruits of a poet’s investigations, be they public or personal or both, transform into art? And why strive for this elusive alchemy?

Anita Lahey, BCP assistant series editor, will lead the sessions, and will be joined by BCP poets Rob Winger and Kim Trainor for the second Sunday’s panel discussion. (Kim will be joining us via Skype from Vancouver!) Other BCP poets from across the country are already weighing in on the topic: their ideas will be braided into our discussions.

Together we’ll dig for new perspectives on the making of poetry and its role in posing questions relevant and essential to society and humanity.

Cost for both session: $75
Session 1
Lecture and Master Class
Sunday, March 22, 1-4 p.m.

Session 2
Panel Discussion and Seminar
(with Rob Winger and Kim Trainor)
Sunday, March 29, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Where: Tightrope Books, 207-2 College Street, Toronto, 416-928-6666.

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