Birthday Bash/Book Launch, Wed March 7, 7-9pm, Pauper's Pub, upstairs

My Birthday Bash/ Book Launch is this week, Wednesday, March 7th, 7-9pm at Pauper's Pub (upstairs in the back, a lovely secluded area that seats 60-80 people), 539 Bloor St W (by Bathurst Stn and next to a Municipal Parking lot) in Toronto.Come ​have dinner and drinks or just drinks and talk, chat, mingle, enjoy each other's company. I only intend to read for about 10 minutes - and my books, Fugue
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More TTC Subway sketches

          The latest TTC Subway crop: the first one on 6"x9" tan paper (pen is unforgiving, and the cross-hatching on her left cheek isn't quite right, but, hey, just a transit drawing); the latter two on 3½"x5½" cream paper. I do like working in the small book - more discreet. Disclaimer: These resemble the folks who inspired them but are not accurate renderings since
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Saturday Morning Pet Sketches

Saturday morning sketches with a rather crude ink pen that resisted the Strathmore 80lb drawing paper, and required digging the nib in, and losing finesse of line. Drawing with it is like hacking away at the paper. But my babies don't mind, and they sweetly slept.And this little charcoal sketch of Aria, maybe Jan 2018. It's black and white charcoal only. She moved before I drew the back of her head,
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Happy Lupercalia! Uh, Valentines!

So St Valentine, who was potentially one of three martyrs, was beheaded. How did he become a patron saint of love? All three men lived during the 3rd century: two lived in Italy, Saint Valentine of Rome and Saint Valentine of Terni, while the third resided in a Roman province in North Africa. It doesn't matter which one we celebrate since the festival the Christian Valentine's appropriated was the
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Review of Heather Babcock's 'Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards'

Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards, a collection of short stories by Heather Babcock, is a searingly beautiful read. She writes with dark, piercing poetry of the undersides of the life of those who precariously live on the edges of the working class. Many of the women are hookers, from a mermaid whose first trick finds her sleeping with a drowning man who has tested positive, to an office cleaner
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Fugue in Green Jan 2018 Readings

FUGUE IN GREEN has been described as my best book so far. Featuring tomorrow evening at Mt Pleasant Library, 599 Mt Pleasant, 6-8pm, and Quattro Books launch Wed Jan 31 at The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, 6:30-9:30pm.    ___   
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GIFs from performance poems in Tidal Fury

      Chthonic - "I can't stop dancing."              Dance of the Sarong - "I dance a life's struggles."         from the Medusa suiteSome GIFs from my performance of poems from my book, Tidal Fury, 6 Jan 2018 at Linda Stitt's Words and Music Salon at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. Thank you to John Oughton for snapping
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Fugue in Green at Indigo Books

     Somehow, it's official when you see it in a bookstore. Fugue in Green, my new novella, at Indigo Bay Bloor! Tomorrow, I will read from it and have some copies for sale too. Come out to Linda Stitt's Words and Music Salon, 12:30-3:30pm, Tranzac Club, Bloor and Brunswick, where I am a feature poet, along with a great line-up, Charlene Jones, Glen Gary, John Charles Daly and Sam Sudar-Singh.
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Unwrapping First Copies of Fugue in Green!

direct link: Unwrapping First Copies of Fugue in Green!The first copies of Fugue in Green arrived from Quattro Books today! Guess who helped me open the box! My little darlings! They were so sweet I had to grab my iPhone and video. As you can see, they found the box, rather than the books, of greatest interest. The Quattro Launch is Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, Toronto
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How to Deal With A Block: Never Mind, Draw!

Everything within me has fled since my brother's death, or this is what I think. So how do you work through a block. You draw. Never mind what anybody else might think. Draw because your life depends on it. These are mostly (but not always) extremely short subway drawings, sometimes from one stop to another.                         
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