a ray of sunshine a poem and a sentence

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 09 2015 | Comment now »

This morning I have been working in my living room in that place on the floor where the sun lights up a spot as it passes through the wintery sky. Taking in as much of the light for as long as it shows up in November. Sometimes it peeks from behind the pines and it flits on my eyelashes. In a few special moments we have even briefly looked into each other’s eyes.

So what is new? Well, lots, including a new government which seems to have lifted a big worry burden off many shoulders, but what I would like to mention here is the following two very small things.

It was nice to wake up on Sunday to an acceptance of a little poem called at the clinic. It will be forthcoming in Cactus Heart Press, BODIES issue, 14.5. Thank you to the editors for selecting it. I am still struggling with the ending. I feel there is still a better way.

Also the book to which I contributed one sentence is out as well. The sentences are written by different writers. A Rewording Life by Sheryl Gordon is a book of sentences that elucidates and brings clarity to obscure words in collaboration with over a thousand Canadians (Yann Martel, Jane Urquhart, Terry Fallis, Miriam Toews, Wayson Choy, Sass Jordan, Colin Mochrie, et al.). My word is chimera.
The book is hoping to raise money for dementia research. For more on this project, and how to support it, click here.

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the inflectionist review

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 06 2015 | Comment now »

The Inflectinist Review is a journal that is curated by Portland poets/editors John Sibley Williams and Anatoly Molotkov. I have appeared twice in it, one of those times as a distinguished poet which included an interview as well. The journal is available on line. You can click on the different issues.

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The editors just put out The Inflectionist Review Anthology. I have quite a few poems in it alongside other fellow inflectionist poets from both sides of the Canadian-US border. There are 81 poets altogether within the 202 pages.

Thank you to the editors John Sibley Williams and Anatoly Molotkov for their work on the journal and the anthology.
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I love the cover and cannot wait to hold a copy and read it.

In the mean time the rain keeps coming down.
All night,
all morning,
it keeps coming down.
It kept me in bed this morning
and I listened
and listened
till I was full.

rain all day and new poems

Posted by Daniela Elza on Nov 01 2015 | Comment now »

Hello November,

With your one extra hour today and the rain coming down all day. Where did the extra hour go? How your gloom and rain makes me all introspective and unwilling to venture out. How I sit here with my books and thoughts and rain coming down all day.

Here is a song then for you:
Rain all day

Here is some news too:
My poem afloat (on the emotions of bodies is out today in the Absinthe Poetry Review (Issue Two, p. 19).
Check out the other poets in the issue.

The first issue published a collaborated poem between myself and Matea Kulić. You can read it here in Issue One.

I will be the Green Hour Feature in the next (Issue Three) issue with 7 pieces from some more new work. So watch out for that soon.

Also the Revolving City: 51 Poems and the stories behind them Anthology (Anvil Press, 2015) is out with some more new work.

back to the future day

Posted by Daniela Elza on Oct 22 2015 | Comment now »

One of the younger kids in the writing room yesterday told me it was Back to the Future day.
I said: “So, any minute now they will be coming in?”
There was brief puzzlement in his eye, a bit of a double take, then his face lit up.
The next student that came in signed in as Marty McFly.

I love my work. Life has been busy, for sure. I hope to post more soon.

Word, Vancouver

Posted by Daniela Elza on Sep 12 2015 | Comment now »

Word, Vancouver is the new name of Word on the Street. There is so much going on. Here is the full schedule. Hopefully, you can catch a bit or a lot of the events.
Below are the three ways I will be involved: a workshop, and two readings

3:00 pm Wading into the Swamp: Getting Messy with Writing with Daniela Elza
in Alma Van Dusen Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver

Poetry On The Bus
11:30 am The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press $18.00)
With Daniela Elza, Mercedes Eng, Mariner Janes, and Cecily Nicholson. Hosted by Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

Magazine Words
Canadian literary magazine presentations, readings, and panel discussions.
12:10 pm Room Magazine with Daniela Elza and Meaghan Rondeau
Presented by Room Magazine. Hosted by Bonnie Nish.

words by the water

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 25 2015 | Comment now »

Hey North Vancouver,
I will be reading a 15 min set of poems tomorrow at Words on Water, Lonsdale Quay Public Market. Looking forward to seeing some of you there, especially you, North Vancouver. It is rare I cross the water to you. Also bring something for the open mic section of the event.
Here are the details:
Pandora’s Collective presents
Features: Daniela Elza, Suzy Malcolm, Kevin Spenst, Sophea Heang
@ Words On Water. There will also be open mic.
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Lonsdale Quay Public Market,123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
(Outdoor performance stage by the fountain, close to the sea bus stations.)
Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Una Bruhns

And click here for the FaceBook Page.

reading and workshop

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 14 2015 | Comment now »

Dear Armstrong,
I will be seeing you this weekend for the 3rd Annual Armstrong Farmers’ Market Literary Festival.

Here is where and when:

  • August 14 – Friday evening at 6:30 pm – poetry reading “Food for Thought” + Q&A @ the Armstrong Library.
  • August 15 – Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm – writing workshop @ the Armstrong Library.
  • I will also be at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and will be offering to write you poems, organic ones, of course. So, stop by. Yeah, seriously.

The rest of the time I will be with the bees.

what makes my day

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 06 2015 | Comment now »

Writers write. Readers read. Sometimes we get reviews of our books. Sometimes we hear back from the individual and unique reader. I find these notes most exciting. I find they continue to fuel and inspire what I do. A reader does not have to say anything. However, I find that when they do, it is thrilling to close that loop from writer to reader and from reader to writer.

A couple of days ago I got this note:

“I have been reading a lot of poetry this summer by the likes of John Ashbery, Les Murray, Donald Justice, Frank Bidart, Jorie Graham, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Seamus Heany, James Dickey, Rae Aramantrout, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marilyn Hacker, Adrienne Rich, Jean Valentine, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Anne Sexton, Mark Doty, Richard Wilbur, Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan and many, many, many others; and I got to say as a lay reader your book, “the weight of dew”, continues to impress and tickle me sometimes at the same time. I hope you are finding the time to continue to develop and learn your craft. Some people try what you do with form but fail miserably so keep on keeping on e.e. elza. You have quite the voice in your writing.”

Thank you Phil Menger, for this! It made my day. It is going into my reviews/feedback section.

SAIL, Portland

Posted by Daniela Elza on Aug 05 2015 | Comment now »

I love the long days. The hours spent on the patio. The opportunity to travel here and there. In July I went to Portland (OR) where for the second year in a row I volunteered for the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) camp. It is for high school kids and hopes to inspire them to go to college and university. There are all sorts of subjects covered during the week like Economics, Architecture, Engineering, Neuro-Science etc. In my case we got busy writing and explored what writing has to offer to our curiosities and discoveries through language. I was pleased that we could offer each of the participants a copy of the book of It.

While in Portland we also managed to go on a day hike to Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. Yes, it was a gorge-ous place. Here are a few photos from some of what we saw.

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Tree pose on a river rock
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Hello, August! We meet again.

summer update

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 04 2015 | Comment now »

I am pleased to say that my short short story Tempera in the Kitchen just got accepted for publication in Shale: Anthology of Short Fiction (Texture Press, US, 2015). It is a story I wrote quite some time ago, before I had kids. That puts it at about 20 or so years old.

In June I contributed a piece to a project from Brick Books in honour of their 40th anniversary. It is a year long project of Celebration of Canadian Poetry hosted on the Brick Books site. Click on the highlighted title to go to the piece. Hope you browse around at some of the other entries.

A few other things that came out in the mean time:

The latest issue of Prism international, 53.3, 2015 published three new poems. Thank you to the editors for selecting these.

  • autobiography of grief 1
  • autobiography of grief 2
  • what remains

I have two poems in the Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015). This anthology came out just in time for the 5th Cascadia Gathering in Nanaimo.

  • intimate harbours
  • the salt of being

Last month the debut issue of a new journal came out. Cede Poetry. It was started here by a local poet and I am happy to have a very new poem in it:

  • waking up with you
  • To view and purchase ($3.00) the inaugural issue click here and scroll down until you see it. Or click on purchase and it will take you to it.

    And forthcoming in August is:

  • speaking refuge
  • methodology II
  • in Room Magazine, 38.3, 2015.

Things to look forward to:
I will be giving a workshop at Word, Vancouver in September and likely reading for Room at their tent. More information on that as it becomes available. Stay tuned.