The League meeting was really enjoyable for me this year. Many sessions and readings began with someone reading a poem from Pat Lowther. I hadn’t read Lowther for a number of years, and it was great to be reminded what an outstanding poet she was. The new Collected is out now and is a must read! I know the readings were painful for some, but I found it celebratory in a quiet so
James, The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor, won the 2010 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Best First Poetry Book for his collection Gun Dogs (House of Anansi Press).
There is a misleading notion that the writing life is a solitary one. American author Jessamyn West is often quoted to support this: “Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.”