Blue Met Festival Director Picks Sailing to Babylon

Gregory McCormick, Director of Programming at the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, picks my book Sailing to Babylon as one of his favorites among this year's Governor General's Award finalists. Thanks Gregory!

Audio of the GG Finalists' Reading

What a joy to read at the Governor General's Award finalists' reading at the Atwater Library in Montreal, Canada, on November 1, 2012. The event was part of the Atwater Poetry Project reading series. It was a wonderful evening, not least because I felt so welcomed by so many fellow poets. To listen, click here.

Interview at The Toronto Quarterly

In this interview, I describe my initiation into poetry, compare the poetry scene in Canada and the U.S., and much more.

Sailing to Babylon Reviewed in the National Post

What a pleasure to read critic Michael Lista's appreciative review of Sailing to Babylon in the National Post, a major newspaper in Canada. In this first response to the book in print, Lista considers "the enduring beauty of [the long poem] 'Quarry Park,' and of Sailing to Babylon as a whole." My warm thanks to Michael!

Sailing to Babylon Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award

I was delighted to learn this morning that my book Sailing to Babylon is on the shortlist in Canada for the Governor General's Literary Award in Poetry. All the finalists are invited to read at the Atwater Library in Montreal, on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 7 pm. (I'll be there.) The winner will be announced in early November.

Daryl Hine 1936-2012

Daryl Hine died on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. He was not the most beloved, or the most widely read, but he was the finest Canadian poet of his generation, and may well have been the best Canadian poet of the twentieth century. Click "Read more" below for more information.
 

Audio File of "Northwest Passage"

Check out the audio file in which I read the poem "Northwest Passage" at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in the summer of 2005. Just click on the Poems tab and scroll down to the poem, then click on the audio file.

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