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Mayor's Newcomer Welcome Reception

The Mayor’s Newcomer Welcome Reception will provide an opportunity to visit Charlottetown City Hal [ ... ]

Island poetry: Yvette Doucette

Curated by Judy Gaudet

This is how I connect to you

all lissom-like the elm trees bend
seawind lifts and scents my hair

my tongue flattens, no a, e, i, or u
to round to words, to keep earth-bound

I soar blue-black, wings wide
take pleasure in the lemon-streaked sky

there are shapes in evening’s clouds
cat morphs into wolf, dog-bear, whale

a moment comes and passes, a word
bitter-sweet – and twilight is here

we sigh sing-song under the bright weight
of moon, the graceful pines, and the sea

—Yvette Doucette, from In A Burst of Yellow Blossoms, Saturday Morning Chapbooks, 2014

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month. 

Island poetry: Mark Sampson

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Tableau

Chandelier patterns on the panes
You turn your ear to hear the drafts
Snow drifts hide their cursive lines,
endless dunes of snow in the field
They’re holding their breath,
a hardened heart that won’t soften till spring
Then it cracks like a season, like an estuary
freeing its floes, a reason for vanity
and a promise of something new
something unseen. You can see it
through the pane, through the eye slits left
by the heat in your fingers

—Mark Sampson from Weathervane, Palimpsest Press, 2016

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon, 2014)

Island poetry: Hugh MacDonald

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Geese

Brudenell, PEI Nov 27

Beyond the south-faced river windows
the deck sits damp, a skim of pocked ice
melts softly from its Wolmanized floor.
Yesterday’s expanse of snow-laden lawn
reclaims its pale green garb of faded summer:
cupped pale leaves strewn like pie-crust shells
unraked remnants of the autumnal décor,
the reds and yellows of drowsy maple and aspen
strewn here and there, knots on an antique quilt.
Now skeletal, arms like posing ballerinas,
the trees alert and naked in this winter thaw
profiled against a silken haze that hides
away the world beyond the lawn’s horizon,
I sit at our table, lost in Follett’s Whiteout,
sip comfortably on the day’s best cup of tea
when sudden telltale honks of fleeing geese
left to right, east to west, sound their approach.
I raise my eyes above the trees to watch…
instead like strafing fighter jets they swoop,
dark shapes skim by in a grey soup dawn
at the earth’s edge where water ought to flow,
ghosts pierce the murky morning river fog.
They pass, explode upon my absent-minded calm.
then fade like a million unspoken memories.

—Hugh MacDonald from This is A Love Song, Black Moss Press, 2011.

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

Island poetry: David Hickey

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Evening at the Charlottetown Airport

Hands spaded in the earth, my grandfather
watches another plane bring its wheels
to his farm. He can’t pull free of the soil

so he holds tight to a column of field, overripe
bulbs of runway burning red under
wings in the evening. For all he’s grown

he doesn’t remember planting such colour,
the dusk-lit rows showing pilots where
they can and cannot land. When the plane taxis

along the runway, my grandfather kneels
next to the airstrip’s glowing.
He buries the day’s sun in the ground.

—David Hickey from In the Lights of a Midnight Plow, Biblioasis, 2006. Another book from Biblioasis is Open Air Bindery, 2011.

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

Island poetry: John Smith

Curated by Judy Gaudet

It is unbroken

It is unbroken, though forsaken, set
in the tilt of trees toward the prevailing sun.
Not lost, though unregarded, spoken in buried syllables.
Now it rises, a slow star at midsummer,

almost breaks horizon, then glides submissively down
with another declining year.  A ripple is enough
in the half-undreaming stillness of lustral places
not yet endowed, or a leaf that falling

meets its shadow on the ground
in a wilderness untraversed where a bird sings unseen.
Like nothing else.  Like nothing.  Scattered

naked in retreat before the nightmarch
of an alien horde that passes and does not return.
Or say it is you fondling one of a billion stones.

—John Smith, from Midnight Found You Dancing, Ragweed, 1986

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

Island poetry: Richard Lemm

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Grace

Steller’s jays at the feeder, goldfinches and cedar
waxwings, back when clouds of blossoms
rose from plum, pear and cherry
trees in our yards, the cityscape
still jingled with blackberries and yellow broom
feeders on every porch, my grandmother
shooing the greedy jays, calling me down
from my pear tree intrusions on robins’ nests.
Listening star-struck with her on our porch
for the nighthawk’s insect-hungry cry.
Why not remember her standing
heron-still, palm and seed
extended for an English sparrow, not yet prone
and groaning, her dove-grey face
bent over a stainless steel pan?
Why not lie down again on August grass
while her porch-swing voice sings ‘My Blue Heaven’
hands peel apples for the pie and the gulls’
high grace notes embellish the air.

—Richard Lemm, from Field Notes of a Lapsed Birdwatcher, The Gold Flash, The Alfred Gustave Press, 2011. Richard’s two poetry collections are Four Ways of Dealing with Bullies (Wolsak & Wynne, 2000) and Burning House (Wolsak & Wynne, 2010)

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

Island Poetry: Diane Hicks Morrow

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Hay Fever

She’d like to leap
into the void
but she’s afraid,
recalls other leaps –
the drop from the hayloft window
into prickly pillows,
golden motes,
eyes streaming hay histamines.
She felt her way up the ladder
stumbled over slippery bales
to the top once more,
then leapt into
the scream
triumphant.
Oh, to be that kid again,
bringing on hay fever.

—Dianne Hicks Morrow, from Long Reach Home, Acorn, 2002. Dianne is also the author of Fixing up the Farmhouse: Forty Years of Living, Loving, and Lamenting, Acorn, 2015, and What Really Happened Is This, winner of the 2012 PEI Book Award.

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

Island poetry: Deirdre Kessler

Curated by Judy Gaudet

Swifts

How easily we enter into caves and cadences of the sublime,
rush of passion, sweeping, swirling, circling a chimney roost,
diving towards it as does the swift,
at the very last instant to reverse the body
plummet into hollow darkness,
down and down.

One incisive gesture, claws catch brick edge,
thought and momentum turn upwards to zodiacal light,
feathers and feathers cushion the halt.
Safe for the night.

And the day comes to settle – all that winging
and whirling over marshlands, grasses tall as tall, insect-rich,
sudden mud slopes of tidal rivers, and still backwaters,
where the lust of crickets
shivers the moon into fullness.

—Deirdre Kessler, PEI’s present Poet Laureate, has written Afternoon Horses, Acorn, 2009

Island poet and avid poetry reader Judy Gaudet selects a poem by a PEI poet each month.
Judy's latest book is 
Conversation with Crows (Oberon,2014)

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The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle

November 3
Delta Prince Edward The Bruce Guthro Songwriters Circle, presenting Maritime legends and  [ ... ]

Pink Floyd tribute at Harbourfront

November 2
Harbourfront Theatre PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd will come to Harbourfront Theatre in Sum [ ... ]

The Charlottetown Film Festival

October 12–14
City Cinema The Charlottetown Film Society, dedicated to supporting film culture on  [ ... ]

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Drawing the line

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Filmworks Summerside

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An Island wish

On August 23, 4 year old Cooper Coughlin will arrive on Prince Edward Island soil for a once in a li [ ... ]