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Review of The Best Canadian Poetry in English in 2012

To read the full review, go to http://lonelyoffices.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/review-the-best-canadian-poetry-in-english-2012/ 

The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012
Edited by Carmine Starnino
Series Editor Molly Peacock
Tightrope Books

Reviewed by Lori A. May

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“The New House” by Rhea Tregebov calls upon the complexity of remembering the past, while not letting the past keep hold of us. In what flows like a love poem to a former life, a woman reminisces about the time spent in an old house. In an apostrophe to her child, she refers to this sacred space as “the one where we both grew up,” paying tribute to the sudden maturity that comes with parenthood. The poem is melancholic, though, as the speaker traces history through packed boxes and as she packs “childhood into two plastic bins.” The child is now an adult with a separate life, a life complete without the parent. The poem traces the joy of familial relationships and how these are so often tethered to a concrete place, a home, and how memories of these follow us, no matter the moves that come later in life. [...]

 

Lori A. May is the author of four books. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rattle, Two Review, and The Writer. Please see her website for more details. http://www.loriamay.com/

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Kingston WritersFest Event # 49 Poetry to Prose & Back Again

Sunday, September 29, 2013 /

1:00–2:30 pm /

Bellevue South

49. Poetry to Prose & Back Again

Michael Crummey & Anne Michaels Readings & Conversation Michael Crummey and Anne Michaels began as poets, wrote award-winning novels, and now return to poetry with their first collections in more than decade. Michael’s Under the Keel is filled with poems about youth, love, loss, wonder, and all that ties us together as humans. Anne’s Correspondences is a book-length poem about language and history, printed on one side of a unique accordion book, with facing portraits by artist Bernice Eisenstein. Discover how the poetic muse keeps luring these writers back.

Moderated by Rhea Tregebov.

General admission: $13.50/$17.00 onsite -

See more at: http://www.kingstonwritersfest.ca/events.php#sthash.Ib4ZijfS.dpuf

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Poets in Profile: Rhea Tregebov Open Book Toronto

 

Submitted by Grace on February 12, 2013 – 12:49pm

February 8 Performance John K Sampson, Christine Fellows, Rhea Tregebov & Steven Galloway

January 22, 2013 Media contact: Laurie Townsend (604) 822-9161

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Singer-songwriters Christine Fellows and John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans) perform at UBC February 8, at 8:00 pm
Vancouver, BC ~ The UBC School of Music, in partnership with the UBC Creative Writing Program, present Winnipeg singer-songwriters Christine Fellows and John K. Samson in performance at UBC in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall on February 8, 2013. Christine Fellows and John K. Samson will be joined by poet Rhea Tregebov and novelist Steven Galloway, both UBC faculty members.  Works by all four creators will be featured in the concert. Fellows and Samson, Writers-in-residence at the UBC Creative Writing Program for 2012/13, will also participate in a roundtable discussion titled Music, Place, People: Popular Music and the Collaborative Act. The roundtable will take place on Friday February 8 at 3:15 pm in Gessler Hall (Room 116) in the Music Building at UBC.
For further details, click here.

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Toronto Launch of All Souls’

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A Reading with Rhea Tregebov Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer

 Toronto New School of Writing Presents: A Reading with Rhea Tregebov, Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer.

Toronto New School of Writing is pleased to host a reading by Vancouver poet Rhea Trebegov in conjunction with her Counterfactual Workshop. This will be Rhea’s first Toronto reading from her new book, All Souls’ , published by Signal Editions. Joining Rhea for the  evening are Toronto poets Aisha Sasha John and Shannon Bramer, who will read from their work.

When: 20 February 2013, 6:30-8:30 (readings will start at 7 sharp) Where: Supermarket 268 Augusta, in the back room

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The New School of Writing Toronto Workshop February 19, 2013

The Counterfactual: A Workshop with Rhea Tregebov

 19 February 2013, 6-8:30pm

Location: 401 Richmond Street West, Studio 408

The counterfactual – what didn’t happen, the path not taken or the path not there – can be a fundamental source of creativity. This workshop will examine how departures from our own, or world, history generate writing. What is the mindset that fosters imagination? Whether we are writing poetry with autobiographical sources, or speculative fiction that builds invented worlds, one of the more alarming aspects of writing is the pressure to “make something up.” Iconoclastic micro-fiction writer Etgar Keret has said that he is interested in writing stories that are fundamentally true, not factually true. How do we separate the facts from the truth of our writing, and how do the facts, as well as alternatives to the facts, interact with what we have to say?

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Winnipeg Free Press Review of All Souls’

Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, Vancouver-based Rhea Tregebov begins her seventh collection, All Souls’ (Signal, 78 pages, $18) with a poem in which “You thought all the poems had grown up / and left home. You didn’t expect to find one / putting its little hands on your face.” A fine, fitting metaphor for the moment of poetic inspiration, which is notoriously difficult to place into words.
To read the complete review, go to Winnipeg Free Press or here.

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Quill & Quire Review of All Souls’ by George Fetherling

Rhea Tregebov opens her seventh poetry collection by telling us about a visitation she had that unexpectedly put an end to a period of literary silence: “You thought all the poems had grown up / and left home. / You didn’t expect to find one / putting its little hand on your face.”

This is a book about cycles, such as the poet’s geographical progress from Winnipeg to Toronto, then from Toronto (“I’m such a sorry mess I’ll miss it”) to the West Coast, where she teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Most of all, it centres on the cyclical experiences of families, of watching children becoming adults and adults eventually dying (or in her father’s case, getting lost in dementia): “My father can’t draw the hands of the clock, / can’t draw its face. In his own hand, the pencil / falters, rests.” “Family Dinners,” the last of three poem sequences, is the heart of the book, uniting Tregebov’s themes of childhood, maternity, and decay with gardening, dining, and impermanence.

To read the full review, go to Quill & Quire or here.

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The Toronto Quarterly Interview with Rhea Tregebov on All Souls’

TTQ – What inspired you to start writing poetry?
Rhea Tregebov – I was sick a lot as a kid, stayed home from school living in my imagination, very immersed in reading. So that living in my head was what got me started as a writer. Why it was poetry that drew me is a little more obscure, but I think it was in part a distrust of the causality (this happened because of that) that plot implied and in part a strong sense of the value of what went on in my, and by extension, others’, heads – that interior life. 

TTQ – How difficult is it for you to write a great poem?
Rhea Tregebov – Very rarely does the writing come easily. There are a few poems that have come just as gifts, but mostly it’s a question of revision after revision and a lot of sweat in working through to get it right. It feels like I often start with an amorphous block of marble and then have to write my way through, chipping away to the shape of the poem inside. In terms of figuring out what is my best work, that’s pretty hard too, but luckily I have some very adept fellow writers who help me out with that evaluation.

 

To read the complete article, go to http://thetorontoquarterly.blogspot.ca/2012/11/rhea-tregebov-all-souls-interview.html

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Vancouver is Awesome feature on Reading

Read All Over celebrates the bookworm in all of us, showcasing readers in Vancouver and the books they love most.
Rhea Tregebov is a poet, novelist and children’s writer. Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, she spent many years in Toronto and then was lured to Vancouver eight years ago by a job in the Creative Writing Program at UBC. Her seventh collection of poetry, All Souls’,was released by Signal Editions/Véhicule Press (Montreal) in September, 2012. 

Her historical novel, The Knife-Sharpener’s Bell (Coteau Books), follows a Winnipeg family who make a reverse migration back to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. She’ll be at the Jewish Book Festival on Thursday November 29, at the Vancouver JCC.

What are you currently reading? Your thoughts on it?

I’ve just finished Linda Svendsen’s Sussex Drive, a wickedly funny Ottawa satire with a very frightening, too-close-for-comfort political message. And I’ve started Annabel Lyon’s The Sweet Girl, which features Aristotle’s daughter Pythias, and is a sequel to The Golden Mean, Lyon’s book about the philosopher. I find the way Lyon is able to enter the human mind of Classical times uncanny, unsettling, and fascinating. Since I can never read just one thing at a time, I’ve also started Rachel Rose’s new book of poetry, Song & Spectacle. I’m a long-time fan of Rose’s work, and admire as much the wisdom of how she sees the world as the technique that makes her such a skilled writer.

 

To read the whole feature, go to http://vancouverisawesome.com/2012/11/28/read-all-over-rhea-tregebov/

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Maisonneuve review of All Souls’

All Souls’ (Signal Editions), Rhea Tregebov‘s seventh collection of poetry, unwraps the banal, beautiful experiences of a uniquely Canadian life. The lines are delicate but visceral: ‘Soon / it will rain, soon wind will spread / the prairie dust, moths will give up / their lives against the glass,’ Tregebov writes in ‘House Work.’ Tregebov’s poems are thoughtful and confident, but never overreach. Her use of language is effortless, allowing the book to contemplate—sometimes quietly, sometimes more forcefully—the way in which small moments speak to a larger human consciousness.” Taylor Tower, Maisonneuve, Issue 45.

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Poem for All Souls’ Day

The title poem of Rhea Tregebov’s new book on this dark day…

All Souls’ Day

 

 

Some moon – full, and fall.

So close it grazes the houses.

The clocks gone back now – six

and it’s near dark. That moon

bright, though, and this city. Cars,

their lights, wash by on pavement

made for them. This sidewalk,

its dates marked in concrete

(1977, 1992), made for me.

By someone. That someone

a soul now perhaps, body

done, in earth. Winter soon.

 

© Rhea Tregebov

from All Souls’, Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, September 2012

ISBN: 978-155065-338-0

http://rheatregebov.ca

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Vancouver Jewish Book Fair Panel From Poetry to Prose

 


 

Thursday Nov 29 @ 6:30pm

MEET THE AUTHORS From Poetry to Prose and Back

Rhea Tregebov / All Souls’

Susan Glickman / Smooth Yarrow            

 Isa Millman / Something Small to Carry Home

Tickets: $14.00  BUY TICKETS ONLINE >>             or call 604-257-5111

Susan Glickman’s sixth collection of poetry, The Smooth Yarrow, just came out in May. According to Quill and Quire, “Glickman’s writing is defiant: like yarrow, it is lean and strong, not only beautiful, but possessed of myriad healing properties.” She is also the author of two novels for adults, The Violin Lover, which won the 2006 Canadian Jewish Fiction Award, and The Tale-Teller, which just came out this autumn, the “Lunch Bunch” series of children’s books, and a prize-winning work of literary criticism, The Picturesque & The Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape.”

Isa Milman is a poet and visual artist who lives in Victoria, BC. Born a displaced person in Germany in 1949, she grew up in the United States and came to Canada in 1975. She’s a graduate of Tufts University, and holds a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McGill, where she taught for a decade. She is the author of Between the Doorposts (Ekstasis Editions, 2004) and Prairie Kaddish (Coteau Books, 2008), both of which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Her latest collection, Something Small to Carry Home, was published by Quattro Books in April 2012.

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books of poetry. Inspired by crises both personal (divorce, adult children, aging parents) and societal (global warming, financial implosion),All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.

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Green College UBC Principal’s Series:

Reading from Rhea Tregebov’s 7th Collection of Poetry, All Souls’

Rhea Tregebov, Creative Writing Program, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
November 13 5:00 pm -  6:30 pm

Bluesy, opinionated, sly, self-chastising and tender, UBC Creative Writing professor Rhea Tregebov’s All Souls’—her first  collection since 2004—commands a range of tones wider and bolder than anything in her previous six books. All Souls’ bracingly addresses the quandary at the heart of our present moment: the fear of change and the fear of standing still. Enriched by a sharp palate and crackling with confidence, Tregebov’s new poems capture life in all its rueful aspects, and do so with a lyricism of considerable beauty and power.

 
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Rhea Tregebov at the Thin Air Festival of Writing, Winnipeg

MAINSTAGE: VOICES FROM OODENA/VOIX D’OODENA September 23, 2012 { 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm}

Oodena, the natural amphitheatre at The Forks, has been a gathering place for centuries. THIN AIR celebrates that history with a collage of commissioned work from writers who have made a mark on the local scene. Gather on the stairs for a magical evening of words in many flavours. Bring a jacket—the air is cool as the sun sets.
Admission is free. Books for sale on-site. Inclement weather: Centre Court, The Forks Market

Location:
  • Oodena, The Forks
  • Oodena Celebration Circle, behind the Johnston Terminal at The Forks
Admission:
FREE

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Recordings of Yiddish Stories and Poems by Women Writers

Readings by members of the Winnipeg Yiddish Women’s Reading Circle (recorded in 2011).

 The Winnipeg Yiddish Women’s Reading Circle meets monthly in order to read, hear, and discuss stories and poems by female Yiddish authors that would otherwise be forgotten. By rescuing the stories of these writers, the participants in the Reading Circle are also able to enjoy listening and speaking their mameloshn, or mother-tongue. 

Yiddish was the language of Central and Eastern European Jewry and was brought to Winnipeg by Jewish immigrants. Many of the women in the Reading Circle are the children of immigrants and thus grew up in Yiddish-speaking homes. Some of them were students at the I. L. Peretz Folk Shul, a Winnipeg Yiddish-language school that was the first full-time Jewish day school in North America. Other members immigrated to Winnipeg from Europe after the Holocaust. 

The Winnipeg Reading Circle has been remarkably active since its inception in 2001. In 2007 the group published an anthology of English translations of their favourite stories, Arguing with the Storm: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, edited by Rhea Tregebov (Toronto: Sumach Press; New York: The Feminist Press). The Reading Circle was also recognized by the UNESCO and was included in its Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation.

Yiddish is no longer spoken or understood by the majority of Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of Central and East European origin). The women of the Winnipeg Reading Circle belong to an increasingly small group of Winnipeggers fluent in the language. The stories and poems presented here have been translated into English, but the women who read these stories for you hope that by listening to the original Yiddish, even those who do not understand the language will get an impression of  the humour, linguistic musicality, and emotional depth in the Yiddish language and Yiddish literature. 

To access the website, click here.

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G&M Review of Eve Joseph’s The Secret Signature of Things

The poems in The Secret Signature of Things are immersed in the rich landscape of British Columbia. In the first section of the book, Menagerie, Joseph takes on the voices of 10 resident creatures, some native to B.C., some domestic. By inhabiting this variety of creatures, Joseph extends the usual limits of the lyric, allowing the reader to imaginatively enter into the point of view of the subjects of her poems – crow, carp, swallow – whose voices she assumes. Joseph employs a lean, streamlined lyric, reliant on the clarity and integrity of her images.

To read full review, go to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-secret-signature-of-things-by-eve-joseph/article1714924/

Reviewed by Rhea Tregebov

Globe and Mail Update Published on  Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 12:37PM EDT

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Ekphrasis Twelve at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Sunday, September 26th at 3 pm.

 Ekphrasis Twelve at the AGO

This project brings together twelve recognized poets, dancers and musicians taking inspiration from the permanent collections at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Ekphrasis, one form of art commenting on another, goes back to Ancient Greece and continues on as a vital form in our century. Artists of every stripe have long found inspiration in the artistic expression of their peers and forbears. At the AGO, you can have it all: artworks that inspire and a diverse collection of creative responses, works of art in their own right.

Join poets Rhea Tregebov, Alison Watt, Sue Chenette, Sue MacLeod, John Reibetanz, Jim Nason, Helen Humphreys, Joanne Page, Julie Salverson, dancers Julia Aplin and Hope Terry, and jazz cellist Kye Marshall for an afternoon of poetry, music and dance.

Walker Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Regular admission prices apply.

 Ekphrasis: a rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another… and in doing so, relate more directly to the audience, through its illuminative liveliness… For example, a painting may re-present a sculpture; a poem portray a picture; a sculpture depict a heroine of a novel; in fact, given the right circumstances, any art may describe any other art (Wikipedia).

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YouTube reading of Billy Collin’s “Litany”

Even more impressive, here’s the same three year old reciting all 30 lines of former US poet laureate Billy Collin’s “Litany”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVu4Me_n91Y&feature=player_embedded

Here’s the text of the poem:

Litany

You are the bread and the knife,
The crystal goblet and the wine…
-Jacques Crickillon

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman’s tea cup.
But don’t worry, I’m not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and–somehow–the wine. 

© Billy Collins

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YouTube reading of Tennyson’s “The Eagle”

I know YouTube videos are suspect, but this three year old seems genuinely to love the poem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzk8E_RKeQ4&feature=player_embedded

Here’s Tennyson’s text:

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

1851

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G&M Review of Triny Finlay’s Histories Haunt Us

Triny Finlay’s second collection of poetry, Histories Haunt Us, intends to unpack past events in order to comprehend their impact on the present. Finlay’s method is delicate, elliptical. The book’s first section, New Astronomers, opens with a series of five poems examining loss in the context of the speaker’s fragile psychological state: “pills and group and pills and group and pills” (Abstract Loss, 4).

To read full review, go to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-histories-haunt-us-by-triny-finlay/article1674454/

Reviewed by Rhea Tregebov

Globe and Mail Update Published on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 12:28PM EDT

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G&M Review of George Sipos’s fine The Glassblowers

The Daily Review, Wed., Aug. 4

‘Out beyond the window’

George Sipos

George Sipos

George Sipos’s new collection is technically brilliant and free of the romanticizing common to poetry about nature.

Review by Rhea Tregebov: To read complete article, go to:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/books/review-the-glassblowers-by-george-sipos/article1661508/

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YouTube video Rhea Tregebov reading at La Muse

A glimpse of the amazing La Muse Writers’ Retreat. Rhea reading new poems, some written there. Two links: one (5 1/2 minutes) and the second one  (less than a minute). The baby cooing is John and Kerry’s daughter Gloria, one of  the muses of La Muse.

Part 1

Part 2

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