A powerful little book, written in a day by some 30 children from in and around Halifax, speaks to to the enduring legacy of slavery in Canada and the need for all of us to engage in a serious conversation about reparations.
In 2018 white supremacists joined the Apple Blossom parade in Kentville to spread their hateful anti-immigration message. Chad Norman wrote this poem in response.
PSA: Halifax Poet Laureate Afua Cooper in conversation with Sue Goyette, Thursday January 24 , 6:30 PM, Halifax Central Library
PSA: Join local author Guyleigh Johnson in celebrating her second collection, titled Afraid of the Dark, on Jan. .
A poem by Phillip Crymble, about the Thing. This is the last of nine poems we published during latter part of 2018, after issuing a formal call for poems in May. We’ll do it again in 2019.
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.
PSA: The Fondation Fabienne Colas Foundation is launching a call for applications for its program “Youth and Diversity”, in collaboration with the Halifax Black Film Festival – HBFF !
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.