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By Ross Leckie, Editor.
I first came to the poetry of Norman Dubie as a student lurking in second-hand bookstores, finding bedraggled copies of his books, and taking them home with me. Well, I did pay for them, and then they paid me back. “These poems are as simple as ice,” I thought. Then I thought, “These poems are as damned complicated as ice. Slippery too.” If the devil is in the details, then so are the many gods of the living and the dead, and how we speak to them.
Vivaldi’s spring arrives in stately majesty, in grand procession, replete with flounces of embellishment. How could you not love spring in Italy? The first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 evinces a melancholy spring, with occasional crescendos of ebullience. This is also a symphony that takes the waking of Frère Jacques and transposes it to the minor mode to make a funeral dirge. It is a hunter’s funeral, with a procession of animals.
Odd Sundays meets again on April 23 at Corked Wine Bar, 83 Regent St., and the featured readers are Laura Noble and Katherine Ouellette. Their appearance at odd sundays is partial fulfilment of the requirements for their Honours Thesis in Creative Writing course at St. Thomas University. Since their proposed novel projects were approved by STU’s English Department in May 2016, they’ve been researching, plotting, writing, and rewriting under the supervisory eye of Kathy Mac (aka Dr.
By Jenna Albert
Dominique Bernier-Cormier's poems have recently appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and Poetry is Dead, and won honourable mentions in CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize in 2015 and 2016. His first chapbook, Englishing, will be published this spring by Frog Hollow Press.
Editorial Assistant Jenna Albert conducted this interview by email in mid-March.
Jenna Albert: First of all, congratulations on winning the 26th Annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Contest. You must be ecstatic!
This past weekend, Fiddlehead contributor Doyali Islam was on CBC's Sunday Morning talkiing with Michael Enright about "her childhood, the role of poetry in political resistance, and why she became a practitioner of parkour." As part of the discussion, she read "poem for your pocket," which we published last Autumn (The Fiddlehead, no. 269)!
You can listen to the interview here!