April is all about poetry (and song) pilgrimages…

Yes, indeed!  As Chaucer himself, said:1414477077

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote

And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,

And smale foweles maken melodye,

That slepen al the nyght with open eye-

(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);

Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes

To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;

And specially from every shires ende

Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,

The hooly blisful martir for to seke

That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.

Prologue, Canterbury Tales

 

Please join me and friends in a poetry pilgrimage this week.

Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm at Strathcona County Library

SonBlake_sie_covergs of Innocence and Experience:  In celebration of National Poetry Month, explore the connections between rhythm and rhyme, poetry and song. Join Gail (who’s also a professional singer) and special musical guests, Angela Flatekval, Kevin McCann and Geoff McMaster, to talk about how these forms are interconnected, and how poets and songwriters can inform and enrich each other’s writing practice and performance.

 

Saturday, April 18th at 7 pm at Strathcona County Library

9th Annual Evening of Poetry:  As a continuation of our National Poetry Month celebrations, join us for an evening of poetry, featuring readings from Writer in Residence, Gail Sidonie Sobat, Mark Kozub (The Alberta Beatnik) and Mary Pinkoski (Edmonton’s Poet Laureate). The evening will also include an open mic session for those who are interested in sharing their own work. Wine and cheese will be served. Note: this is an adult-only program.

Purchase tickets at the Check Out Desk or at the door, $5 each.

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Mark Kozub                                               Mary Pinkoski
Writing Quote:  “I consider myself a poet first and a musician second.  I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” – Bob Dylan, American poet/ musician (born 1941)
Writing Tip: “Nothing’s wrong with rhyming poetry. Some people… really enjoy it. It’s wonderful to read good rhymes, and challenging to write them. I like to use rhyme to surprise readers by emphasizing interestingly paired words.  That said, many people put together predictable, Hallmark-style rhymes (usually paired with forced meter) and flood poetry contests and magazines with them. Publishers get annoyed (I’ve even seen some specify “no rhyming” in their submission guidelines).” – writersbeat.com

Writing Prompt:  Find an unpublished poem of yours that you haven’t looked at in years. Randomly choose three lines from the poem. Write a completely different poem using those lines.

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