Art Bar Poetry Series Podcast
Highlights from Canada's longest-running live poetry series
Colin Carberry - May 18, 2010
January 16, 2011 04:49 PM PST
Both a poet and translator, Colin Carberry admires the passion of Mexican poets and the passion average Mexicans show for them. He reveres the quiet passion of Irish rebel and poet Bobby Sands. His globetrotting behaviour has found him on enough islands to write a decalogue of sonnets. And what else? He's a snappy dresser. Just look at those shoes.Blaise Moritz - May 18, 2010
January 10, 2011 09:26 PM PST
Blaise Moritz writes about cities: this city, distant cities, a city that qualifies as imaginary. Writers are often told to write what they know. What if all you know is cities? Does architecture become nature? Does civilization exist north of Lawrence Avenue?John Barton - Ocotber 13, 2009
December 20, 2010 09:36 PM PST
Poet and editor John Barton can't help seeing fish as flesh, dreams as sex and spies in his hallway. He also can't sit down with a menu without correcting it. His ninth collection of poems, Hymn, was published this fall.Leanne Averbach - October 13, 2009
December 20, 2010 09:28 PM PST
Writer and filmmaker Leanne Averbach took a detour from her path to becoming a poet into radical leftist politics. Her poems reflect a number of social concerns along with an unmistakable passion for living.Allan Safarik - Art Bar Poetry
December 20, 2010 09:20 PM PST
For a guy from the west coast who resides in a tiny Saskatchewan town, Allan Safarik has a lot of memories of Toronto, many of them based not far from Clinton’s. His poems are populated with characters, whether they be rural folk, big city folk or Can-lit giants, who happen to be old friends, such as Dorothy Livesay and Milton Acorn.Matthew Dryden - March 16, 2010
December 20, 2010 09:08 PM PST
Matthew Dryden doesn't mind being known as a "sweet boy". He likes romantic movies, even the ones called chick flicks, and isn't afraid to say so. He is not even abashed to say he's watched every episode of Gilmore Girls.
Discover more in the Art Bar's exclusive tell-all interview.Jill Battson - March 16, 2010
December 20, 2010 07:33 PM PST
Jill Battson has been traveling around for awhile, but folks who've been on the scene for a while remember her as an important local presence in poetry. Along with organizing the popular Poets Refuge reading series she coordinated poetry readings on a bus, in a boxing ring and on MuchMusic for awhile through the Word Up! poetry videos series.
Her latest pass through Toronto is especially triumphant. She was commissioned to write the libretto for Dark Star Requiem, a dramatic oratorio which opens this year's Luminato arts festival. The libretto's text concerns the topic of AIDS, a cause close to her heart.Heather Cadsby - March 16, 2010
December 20, 2010 07:23 PM PST
For countless years Heather Cadsby was a tireless and indispensable presence at the Art Bar until she left it to the rest of us to discover in her absence just how much work she did for the series as a long-standing and long-suffering board member.
We're happy to receive her back as a poet, reading from her excellent and playfully sardonic book of poems, Could Be.
Come back any time, Heather.Episode 35
December 13, 2010 08:35 AM PST
Yehuda Fisher has cool hair and his own personal stash of lightsabers. He has the bat signal on his wallpaper. Geeks in the house. What part of drunk at 3 am didn't you get? And she liked it.Suzanne Buffam - February 23, 2010
December 13, 2010 08:12 AM PST
Up from Chicago where she teaches creative writing, Suzanne Buffam treated everyone to morsels of philosophy that wound up as love poems and one-liners just this side of tears. Her writing explored burning houses, heartbreak's correlation to fruit and why Parisian waiters won't congratulate you for chewing for chewing your food.
Regarding her verse, Suzanne says, "Basically, my poetry is clear, I hope, and plain-spoken enough for a child to read. If it presents the reader with any difficulties, they tend to be of the sort that lie beneath its surfaces. In general, I'm interested in paradox, the way a poem can assert seemingly opposite truths at once. The way life does."
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