Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Our featured poet this month is Annick MacAskill, an amazing poet. Her poem November 11 is one of nine poems selected as a result of a call for poems we issued in May. I love how this poem ends, so fiery and colourful. I am also featuring a monoprint by Nova Scotia printmaker / artist Bonnie Baker. I thought Bonnie’s piece goes well with the poem.

Just last week it was announced that the AGNS acquired kent Monkman’s large painting, Miss Chief’s Wet Dream, featuring Jesus Christ, Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, as well as Miss Chief Testickle, Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego. This weekend’s video celebrates that acquisition, and I also use it to plug the wonderful Monkman exhibition up now, and running til mid-December, and especially also a collective viewing this Thursday evening organized by MLA Lisa Roberts. Thursday nights are free at the AGNS.

Delighted to present Vision, a poem by Heidi Mitton, one of the poems we selected as the result of our call for poems earlier this year. In her short bio she quotes Alice Walker, “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution and the raising of consciousness.” We agree, and believe that’s precisely why among our op-eds and stories about poverty, racism, and inclusion the poems we publish are entirely an excellent fit.

Public Service Announcement: Caroling with Nova Scotia Mass Choir, with Special Guest Jody Upshaw. Jody Upshaw is a 15-year-old singing sensation from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Pushing the envelope with each performance, cover or track, Jody has performed throughout the Halifax area and has worked with multiple local artists including Quake, Shevy Price, Neon Dreams and Classified.

The Mi’kmaq often refer to Black Ash wood as white gold: It’s the perfect material for basket-making, but now that the Emerald Ash Borer has arrived on the east coast, the Black Ash is in danger of disappearing entirely in Nova Scotia. Quentin Kerr investigates these new threats to the Black Ash tree, and how Mi’kmawey Forestry, imbued with the spirit of Netukulimk, is doing what it can to preserve the species.

Poet and writer Joanne Bealy went to the Kent Monkman talk at the Central Library, and learned some hard lessons about white privilege and complicity, not just from Monkman but especially from two Black women.

Delighted to present this wonderful poem by South Shore poet Peggie Graham, written for a One Billion Rising event in Lunenburg on International Women’s Day, and now one of the poems selected for our one-poem-a-month poetry competition.

This weekend’s weekend video is Missing Women”, based on a stunning poem by Mad poet and filmmaker Anna Quon. The poem lists some of the ways women have gone missing from history, culture and their own lives, and names some of those women and girls to help us remember them. You really should watch this.