Group Session: Poetry In Translation/East Meets West/ Oct 3

The Series of online Poetry in Translation seminars has been successful, the final one was a group session which was on Oct 3, afternoon 3:00-4:30 with all four featured poets and Michael Mirolla, Guernica Editions joining us.

  • Guest poets reading and group discussion: 3:00-4:00PM
  • Open Mic / 4:00-4:30pm

Thank you all join us. Thank the League of Canadian Poets for funding.
Co-host by The East and West Learning Club

We are also happy to share Review and Feedback

 

Sept 22: the Art Bar Poetry Series (Frances Boyle and Anna Yin)

The Art Bar Poetry Series Feature  Frances Boyle and Anna Yin
host: Mike Lipsius
on Sept 22, from 20:00-21:30
Reading online (facebook)
Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She performed her poetry on Parliament Hill and has been featured at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival and 2017 National poetry month project etc. She teaches Poetry Alive at schools, colleges and libraries. Her website: annapoetry.com
Frances Boyle is the author of two poetry books, most recently This White Nest (Quattro Books, 2019). She has also written Seeking Shade, a short story collection (The Porcupine’s Quill, 2020) and Tower, a novella (Fish Gotta Swim Editions, 2018) as well as several chapbooks. Her writing has appeared throughout North America and the U.K. including recent and forthcoming work in Best Canadian Poetry 2020BlackbirdPrairie FireEventDreichFeral¸ Parentheses Journal and Cypress. Frances served on the editorial board of Arc Poetry Magazine for over ten years, and now writes reviews for that journal and for Canthius: feminism and literary arts. She lives in Ottawa. Visit www.francesboyle.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @francesboyle19.

George Elliott Clarke – Review Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac by Anna Yin

Thank Live Encounters publishing George Elliott Clarke – Review Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac by Anna Yin

Anna Yin is a startling dreamer. Poems that seem Romantic veer into Surrealism or Symbolism. Tutored in Sylvia Plath and William Carlos Williams, among many other poets (mainly American and Canadian), Yin issues poems that are nightmare dreams or dreamy nightmares: Here’s a world where the natural becomes unnatural, the unnatural natural: “the police-monkey escorts a well-suited rat / followed by his cloned brothers…” Some poems are parables, such as the story of a man- a father-who refuses to leave his home, even while it and others are being reduced to rubble: “I received a copy of the photo in the local newspaper. / My father looked so small on the top of the ruins. / It was titled, ‘The Last Temple.’”
In another poem, the speaker says, “You are tired of his / molding, over and over, / thrashing, nailing / into you.” There’s a fierce feminism here, reinforced by readings of Dot Livesay and Dame Atwood. Though it’s tricky following Yin’s wicked, impressionistic juxtapositions, her painterly imagery is deliciously lustrous.
Yin is endlessly perspicacious, endlessly compelling: “The autumn gusts feel warm / as if it’s spring…. / last night by accident I cut my finger… / slowly, on the rice paper, red roses grew.” She brings to Canadian poetry a sense of classicism and aestheticism and minimalism, all nicely mixed up with sensuality.
Yin’s bravura poems – so exquisite and extraordinary – merit bravo upon bravo.

Publisher’s website:

Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, Clarke was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Photo Credit of George Elliott Clarke : Harvard University.

Anna Yin was Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2015-2017) and has authored five collections of poetry. Her poems/translations have appeared at ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal etc. Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from West Chester University Poetry Conference, three grants from OAC and 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC. She performed her poetry on Parliament Hill and has been featured at 2015 Austin International Poetry Festival and 2017 National poetry month project etc. She teaches Poetry Alive at schools, colleges and libraries. Her website: http://www.annapoetry.com/

© George Elliott Clarke/Anna Yin

In Poetry We Meet: Poetry Reading at VPL – 在詩中相遇

Meet Dr. Chun Yu, an award-winning poet based in San Francisco, and Anna Yin, Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, author of six collections of poetry and an IT Consultant; listen to their bilingual poems and share their creative experiences with boundary crossing. This event will be moderated by Dr. Shuyu Kong, Professor in Humanities at SFU and Co-Director of David Lam Centre for International Communication. This will be conducted in Mandarin.
A link and password to join the Zoom meeting will be sent by email.
register link: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5ef649a09cdc143a0004104c

在詩歌裡 — 遇见有趣的靈魂,遇見你。舊金山作家、詩人和科學家俞淳、多倫多密西沙加桂冠詩人、IT咨询师星子安娜,朗誦她們中英文詩歌,交流各自在詩歌中,如何穿越時空,跨越疆界,與愛和美相遇。SFU人文學系教授、林思齐國際文化交流中心主任孔書玉主持。國語活動(温哥华图书馆)

Joseph Fasano’s two poems and Anna Yin’s translation

Joseph Fasano is the author The Crossing (Cider Press Review, 2018); Vincent (2015); Inheritance (2014); and Fugue for Other Hands (2013), which won the Cider Press Review Book Award and was nominated for the Poets’ Prize, “awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award.” A winner of the RATTLE Poetry Prize, among other honors, he teaches at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

约瑟夫·法萨诺  (trans by Anna Yin)


今夜,当你离开
步入星空,森林,或者城市,
仰望
就像爱情来临之前,
爱情离去之前,
灰烬化为灰烬之前
你一定也这样望过。
看着它们:这城市的
迷雾,冬日,
以及刚开始时那盏
曾经握在你掌中的
月光杯。
那弯新月
你一定曾经在水中
触摸过,
喃喃自语着:蜕变我,蜕变
我,蜕变我。我只想要
做更真实的自己。