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Celebrated Poets Read in Gibsons


Posted: October 8, 2009

The Gibsons Live Poets Society is pleased to present a reading by Nightwood Editions author Joe Denham and John Pass on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30 pm. Denham will be reading from his new collection, Windstorm and Pass will be reading from his award-winning book, Stumbling in the Bloom. The event will be at the Gibsons Public Library, 470 South Fletcher Road.

Windstorm is a passport to the place where chaos and form meet; Denham’s timeless ethereal gaze is rooted in the mastery of poetic forms such as the sonnet and Dante’s terza rima. These quiet, forceful poems explore heaven, earth and sea with arresting images, ideas and words. Like the wind, Denham’s poetry has the power to move.

Joe Denham’s first collection Flux was published in 2003. He is a poet with an international scope, having been anthologized in Open Field (New York), New Canon (Montreal), Jailbreaks (Ontario), Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets (BC) and In Fine Form. He works as a fisherman and lives with his family in Halfmoon Bay, BC.

The poems in Stumbling in the Bloom engage the ever-present enticements and entanglements of beauty on life’s, and art’s, home ground — in wilderness and garden. The book, and Pass’s aesthetic, come to rest on a fulcrum, a paradox, of acceptance: the embrace of uncertainty and (un)happy accident that purpose and effort alone make possible.

John Pass was born in Sheffield, England and has lived in Canada since 1953. He has a BA in English from the University of British Columbia (1969) and teaches at Capilano College in Sechelt and North Vancouver. Fourteen books and chapbooks of his work have been published and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, and abroad. In 1988 he won the Canada Poetry Prize. He has won awards from The League of Canadian Poets, the BC Federation of Writers and the BC Arts Council, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Pass lives near Sakinaw Lake on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast with his wife, writer Theresa Kishkan.