the old crow café

Posted by Daniela Elza on Jul 25 2013


Oh, my goodness Gabriola Island, and Poetry Gabriola thank you for making me feel so welcome.

Over 40 people crowded the the Old Crow Café and lent their attentive ears to the reading on Thursday night (July 18th).
I enjoyed sharing the stage with Naomi Wakan and David Bateman, who read from their book pause. pause was written as a collaboration between the two in the form of back and forth tankas. So they sneakily tanka-ed for a whole book. Then delighted us with the outcome.
You can see some of the delight in this photo.
{photo courtesy of Elias Wakan]

I read from all three of my books, the weight of dew, the book of it, and milk tooth bane bone. My crows were especially thrilled to be there.

Thank you for your support buying books and for your words. I had so much less to carry the next day on my way home. The heaviest thing a writer carries are the books, in more ways than one.


Here is Heide who I met on the ferry and who took such good care of me.The serendipities and things we discovered together are something I love and live for. They bring more of a spark to life.

Meet Heide’s partner, Raymond, who surprised me with further serendipities like his poem on It and this wooden sculpture of It.


The next morning, this is how we begin the day; with a bowl of home grown raspberries that Raymond picked.

So that is about It. Overall,
a beautiful trip, with beautiful people.
What more can one ask for.
Gratitude to everyone who made it so and to poetry Gabriola and Lisa for inviting me and organizing and for keeping this event going.

Oh, and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful mom.

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