Posted by Daniela Elza on Jan 26 2015 | Comment now »
The old year left and the new one arrived. Yes, I was keeping an eye on all that, but I was also busy with a number of things that were pre-occupying me with such delight that all I feared I would feel at the end of the outgoing year was overshadowed by this delight.
Which is a wonderful change from the emotional landscape of the rest of 2014. There are a few new things in my life that I wished for, including a new job (which I love very much). I have also been reading a surfeit of poetry. And, no, it is not a form of punishment. Well, mostly not.
It is only now that I am finally coming around to wishing everyone a Happy New Year. The year is still so crisp and so new and has not gathered any dust or grime around the edges. Let’s keep it that way. Let it be new till the end.
Happy New Year! (You get one exclamation mark, so you know this is significant. I do not use them lightly. In fact, I do not use them at all.)
A few things I wanted to share that came in during this pause in posts.
I am thrilled that Crannóg Magazine (in Ireland) will be publishing speeding steel in their Issue 38, Spring 2015.
And some work will be appearing in the debut and issue 2 of The Absinthe Poetry Review (US), 2015. Namely, afloat (on the emotion of bodies, you could be the one who knocks (a collaborated poem between Matea Kulić and Daniela Elza) and 7 fragments from my self-portraits series.
Also this past year I ran out of the first print run of the book of It. Thank you to all who purchased it. To all of you who loved it enough to write back and tell me about it. It is available in both electronic versions and in a print on demand version and if you want get yourself a copy you can find it here. The Kindle edition, here.
I found this comment on the book by a Kindle customer on Amazon:
At first, I puzzled over the spacing, but then I slipped into the spacing and started recalling some of my favorite childhood memories. The world was more alive then, dew on wet feet, carrots fresh from the ground with the earth still clinging, late night questions my brother and I pondered before sleep took over. The childhood wonder of being 3, 4 and 5 again that Daniela Elza captured and returned to me. And then returned me to age 68, where I was pondering philosophy, physics and the current world. I read this right after finishing “Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn,” by Amanda Gefter. What a perfect transition. And then, of course, I had to go fix dinner; both worlds would have to wait.
This is also a good time to express my gratitude to everyone who made 2014 what it was,
to you who will partake of the next year,
to my family,
to my editors,
and all of you readers who have sat with my words, who have dreamed on them, who have been inspired.
To you who bridge the gaps: Let 2015 be another delightful leap into the unknown.
And hope we can face it all with love, compassion and grace.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Dec 30 2014 | Comment now »
It is the eve of New Year’s eve. And what a year it has been. So much has happened. So much is behind me. There was joy and there was grief and all sorts of colours and shades in between.
And yet, the last two weeks of this year have been filled with blessings.
The Winter Solstice marks an important time of the year for me. The light is beginning to grow. I can celebrate light. Nothing to worry about there. I can celebrate light with a clear conscience. No compromises need to be made.
So I watch the sun paint its canvases on the walls of my house. New canvases each day. Places I would never have thought to put a canvas in, canvases between canvases. Just like you never know where a door would open, where a window will form and where a new threshold might offer itself for the crossing.
Fluid canvases, they move like water, winter water in the bed of a river, light on the walls, in the mouth and grip of life. Listen carefully, watch as they enter your eye. Be prepared to enter each as if for the first time. And each day anew.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Dec 22 2014 | Comment now »
The Solstice is one of those days I can celebrate with a clear conscious. So I am focusing on it this year. I heard the drums. Realized we had not prepared our lanterns, our sources of light. Even though the Solstice found me unprepared, the kids and I joined the procession, the singing, and the drumming to the Granville Island where the fire show took place. All I had was my own light to bring with me. And I did. One little flame next to another little flame makes a big fire. Here is to the light, to love, and to the bearable lightness of being.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Dec 05 2014 | Comment now »
The latest issue of in education is out and I have a paper with friend and colleague William Welton in it titled:
The Many Paths to Sophia: Toward a Deeper Philosophical Appreciation of Poetry
Here is the table of contents.
If you get a chance to read it, let us know what you think.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Dec 02 2014 | 2 Comments »
Collaborations continue. As some of you know I have been writing poems with other poets for a few good years now. It is a different experience with each poet. And it has been a beautiful exploration of these spaces between.
Here is a poem I wrote with Jude Neale which just found a home as Monday’s Poem at Leaf Press.
Hope you enjoy it.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 17 2014 | Comment now »
So this is out. The Inflectionist Review (issue 3). I have an interview in it which I really enjoyed doing and a selection of poems. All in all about 15 pages or so. If you get a chance give it a read.
This is what one of the editors says.
“We’re excited to announce Issue #3 of The Inflectionist Review is now available. You can read the new issue at Inflectionism.com.
We are honored to present the ambitious and evocative work of Vancouver, BC poet Daniela Elza in this issue’s Distinguished Poet section, alongside the textured abstracts of featured artist Jonathan K. Rice.
Each piece in TIR thrives within its own created world yet adds to the larger dialogue we hope to foster. We invite you to join the conversation.
As a note, we have now begun reading for Issue #4.” —John Sibley Williams (editor)
Click here to go to the front page and then click on the cover to read. I am somewhere betwen page 45-60ish.
Let me know what you think.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 13 2014 | Comment now »
Tonight is the Southbank Reading Series:
I will be reading along with featured poet Kate Braid, and readers Cristina Viviani, Tanveer Sohal, Laurel Albina, Joan Boxall, and Bernice Lever. Doors open at 6pm, readings begin at 6:30pm. Location:
Surrey Central City Library, Room 120 (lower floor)
maybe you will join us.
Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 01 2014 | Comment now »
Yes, it happened in Vancouver as we unsuspectingly went about our day. We had to cross a busy street (at rush hour) to get to see it. The traffic lights were not synched up. No cross walk there, either. But we made it.
Yes, this is a real pumpkin. It was not alone. It is big enough for me to sleep in. It is big enough for me to stand behind. I was not dressed up as anything. I was on my way to yoga, so you can imagine. That is why I hid behind it. It was my costume. It is almost as tall as I am, and surely it is as wide as I am tall.
As I said: it was not alone. It had an uncarved partner. You could see the effects of gravity on the way it lay there.
I feel the effects of gravity too. Hence all that work to defy it. And then generously give in to it. If you do not know what I am talking about, no worries. It is a yoga thing.
Now, can someone tell me how you grow such a monster of a pumpkin? Dad? Mom? Anyone?
[credit for the photo goes to my son]
Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 30 2014 | Comment now »
Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing is a reprint anthology collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work published by Canadian writers in the 2013 calendar year.
So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that I am going to be in the Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Of course, that was only after I discovered the acceptance email in my spam folder. (So it is worth scanning through that spam from time to time before you delete it.)
Click here to see the table of contents and the cover.
Also here you can see the line up and the honourable mentions.
I have not yet made it yet into the Best Canadian Poetry anthologies that get published each year by Tight Rope Books. So making it into this one was pretty cool, right along Cory Doctorow’s, By His Things You Will Know Him, Anne Carson’s excerpt of Red Doc, and a number of other familiar names, whose company I am happy to be keeping.
Thank you to Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi for selecting an excerpt from my milk tooth bane bone book to include in this anthology.