tree morphologies

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 28 2016 | Comment now »

The BC Book Prizes had an online auction this year and one of the items on it was coffee donated by Echo Cafe. There is more. Along with each coffee you get a poem for each week of the year. The poems are by local authors. Yes, that is 52 poems for each week of the year. I had a poem (or few) in there as well.

Grant Smith won the poem-a-week item on the auction list. He writes about it in the Clearline newsletter he sends out to his client.
It was delightful to see that out of the 52 poems he chose tree morphologies to include along with the description in his newsletter.
I also love the idea that he encouraged poems to be circulated around the office for his associates to read. Thank you Grant for supporting the fundraiser and for putting the poems to work. We cannot have too much poetry in out day. Or, at least, we surely can use more.

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For the last two months we have been under cloud cover with the occasional moment of the sun coming out or a piece of blue showing. It has rained nearly every single day for the past two months, except for five. The poem always reminds me of that time of the year. Though this year it seems a bit extreme, even for Vancouver.

tree morphologies was initially published in The Pinnacle Literary Journal, Spring 2013. Its permanent home is in milk tooth bane bone (Leaf Press, 2013).

masks

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 04 2016 | Comment now »

It has been a while. I was going to post something about my one week tour to Calgary back in August. Here we are in November already and I have not yet done that. Halloween just passed. Perhaps that summer post will come in December, when I need to remember again the long August days.
It has been rainy and gloomy too often lately, and the sun only makes small appearances here and there. I counted six rainy days in a row recently. So, perhaps my choice for a mask was no surprise. Something about light dispersing the dark, something about raven stealing the sun and releasing it into the sky.
Yes, there is a first time for everything. And this time it was putting on a mask. And so this is how we were in the Writing Room this past Monday.
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These leaves I found on the ground at lunch break and … the similarity drew me. The shape of the leaves and how they hold the light also drew me.
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At work the kids asked what I was. I said: I am a poem open to interpretation.
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They made their guesses. They came up with ones I would never have come up with. That is the beauty of keeping the doors of poems open.
I hope you are all well in these shortening days. Make the dark less dark with your laughter and your wonder, your awe and your words.

their thin mouths

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 02 2016 | Comment now »

My poem their thin mouths is up on Don’t Talk to Me About Love. It is part of a sequence of love poems I am wrestling with. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

Indie Author Day @ VPL

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 08 2016 | Comment now »

Today the book of It and its siblings are going on a field trip to the Vancouver Public Library for the Indie Author Day.
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I used to take my kids to the library, now I take my books. Come and say Hi if you happen to be near by. We will be in the Promenade between 11am and 2pm.There will also be 5 min. readings and an Authors Corner. I am scheduled for 11:25am reading and for 11:55am at the Authors Corner.

ghost fishing

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 22 2016 | Comment now »

My poem beware of dog will be in Ghost Fishing: An Anthology of Eco-Justice Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2017). It was previously published in dANDelion magazine and FORCE FIELD anthology edited by Susan Musgrave. Thank you to the editors for selecting the poem.

*crow morphologies* CD

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 04 2016 | Comment now »

Recently, I made more crow morphologies CDs, and tucked them in their origami covers.

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[front cover]

The poems come from my book milk tooth bane bone and the vocals and soundscapes are by the wonderful Soressa Gardner.

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You can hear the spaces between the words in the CD the way they are meant to be read. I love what Soressa did in collaboration with the poems and my voice. It delights me still. The CD is 30 min. long and has six tracks on it.

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[back cover]

Each is $10. Each is a crow. So you can pick a number. We are at Crow # 60. Some of the numbers have already flown away like #63, 64, 66, 72 and #65 & #67 are spoken for.

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Click here to listen to at.tension (track three), which was also turned into a video poem by Tara Flynn.

Here is a review of crow morphologies by Catherine Owen (thank you, Catherine).

Let me know if you want one and I will find a way to get it to you. If shipping is involved and you are in Canada it will cost about $2 extra. If it has to be shipped further I can find out how much the shipping will be and can release a crow your way.

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Initially, I imagined listening to the CD in the car on a long drive somewhere. I listened to it for the first time in its entirety, and as a listener, driving between Smithers and Terrace, BC. Away from the noise and bustle of the city. It was overcast and there were low tatters and wisps of clouds floating in and out between the hills. Some of these formations almost looked like dragons in their shifting. And I cried. It was an unforgettable moment. I was delighted to receive this note from a perfect connoisseur:

“I listened to your CD on my way north to the Cariboo. It was joyous. I am so proud to be able to say that I am living in the time of Daniela Elza, to share this atmosphere with your breath. Thank you. You got it perfect. This is the kind of work the whole world should notice.”

Thank you Harold Rhenisch for these words. And thank you to the rest of you who emailed me with similar sentiments.

August events

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 31 2016 | Comment now »

Here are the events coming up in August. If you are in the area come and say Hi.

  • Writing Workshop, Revelstoke, BC
    I am giving a writing workshop on August 9th, from 7-8:30pm., at the Revelstoke Public Library, 605 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC.
  • Flywheel Reading Series, Calgary
    I am reading at flywheel reading series alongside Martin West, Richard Kemick, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best on August 11th, 7:30pm, at Pages Bookstore, 1135 Kensington Road, Calgary.
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      [sunset, on the train back from Portland, OR]

    • Writing Workshop, Salmon Arm, BC
      I am giving a writing workshop on August 13th, 1-2:30pm and a poetry reading right after (3-4pm), at the Salmon Arm Public Library, 285 Piccadilly Mall, 1151 10th Ave. SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
    • Poetry New West Reading Series, New West, BC.
      Raoul Fernandes and I will feature at Poetry New West Reading Series on August 14th, 2-4pm., at Original’s Rstaurante Mexicano, 800 Carnarvon Street, New West. There will be open mic spots too.

    *book of it*

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 28 2016 | Comment now »

    the book of It took part in the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2016. It was super excited to come home with an Honorable Mention.

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    Thank you to the judges for their comments and recommendations. They loved the concept of the book. They made recommendations I can embrace and agree with. And they recommended using this book as a starting point for creative writing exercises in schools. I always delight when the book ends up in the hands of young people.
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    the book of it is jumping up and down with its usual joy. Today it is asking me to explain what an Honorable Mention means. It wants to know if that would change anything in its life. It is asking me a lot of questions I am not sure I can answer. Such a curious little book.

    summer events

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 10 2016 | Comment now »

    What’s coming up in the next few months? Here is the line up so far. I will keep updating the information as it comes in.

    • June 25, 2016
      House concert. Poetry and Music with Clyde Reed and Jared Burrows. (I hear it is sold out)
    • July 3, 2016, 7pm
      Al Rempel will be launching “Four Neat Holes” (Leaf Press, 2016) and Geoffrey Nilson & myself will accompany him. “Four Neat Holes” is a short suite of thirteen poems that examines loss and grief through the eyes of four children growing up and coming of age. I will be reading some new work. Sunday, July 3rd, at 7pm at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr, Vancouver. Free Event. Books for sale.
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    • August 9th, 2016, 7-8:30pm
      Writing workshop at the Revelstoke Public Library, 605 Campbell Ave, Revelstoke, BC.
    • August 11th, 2016, 7:30pm
      I will be reading at flywheel reading series alongside Martin West, Richard Kemick, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best. @ Pages Bookstore, 1135 Kensington Road, at 7:30, Calgary.
    • August 13th, 2016, 1-4pm
      Writing workshop (1pm-2:30pm) and Poetry Reading (3pm-4pm) at the Salmon Arm Public Library, 285 Piccadilly Mall, 1151 10th Ave. SW, Salmon Arm, BC.
    • August 14, 2016, 2pm-4pm
      Featuring at Poetry New West Reading Series with Raoul Fernandes. There will be open mic too. 2-4pm at Original’s Rstaurante Mexicano, 800 Carnarvon Stree, New West. The series is run by local poet Alan Hill.

    If there are any questions, please contact me. Hope to see some of you here and there this summer.

    the taste of summer

    Posted by Daniela Elza on Jun 10 2016 | Comment now »

    I can taste summer. Literally.

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    The garden is flourishing and there is an abundance of kale. The last few weeks we cannot keep up with it.

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    We planted some nasturtiums too. The leaves delight me. Just imagine what happens when the flowers come in.

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    We have been picking kale every other day and my friends have been enjoying it too. I am remembering all the things I can do with it. We are even freezing some of it.

    How does your garden grow?

    I am updating my reading and workshop schedule for the summer and will post the line up of what is growing on the literary front in the next post.