A huge round-of-applause to Donna Kane, author of Orrery, and Dallas Hunt, author of Creeland (Nightwood Editions), for being two of the featured poets in this year's Poetry in Transit program. Both poets have had poems chosen to appear on buses and Sky Trains throughout Metro Vancouver.
Orrery, which was also a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry, is a collection that orbits around the theme of Pioneer 10, an American space probe launched in 1972 to study Jupiter’s moons. Having achieved many firsts before reaching Jupiter and a few more after being hurled away from the solar system, the probe was retired in 2003 when NASA stopped sending signals to it, leaving it to wander alone through deep space.
Creeland is a poetry collection concerned with notions of home and the quotidian attachments we feel to those notions, even across great distances. Even in an area such as Treaty Eight (northern Alberta), a geography decimated by resource extraction and development, people are creating, living, laughing, surviving and flourishing—or at least attempting to.
Congratulations to both Donna and Dallas, as well as the rest of the writers who were chosen for this prestigious program.
On Friday September 24th, Poetry in Transit is having an event to launch the poetry for this season.
Click here to see a full list of featured poets.