Friday April 26th,Â 7PM to 9PM
Yoko’s Dogs launchÂ Whisk
Written collaboratively in the tradition of Japanese linked poetry or renku, Whisk plays with form and subject matter ranging from the everyday to the intensely lyric, from the urban to the rural. Both humorous and contemplative, Whiskâ€™s verses are linked by means that are neither merely logical nor predictable, with the final emerging poem acting more as journey than story. While drawing on Japanese formal tradition, Yokoâ€™s Dogsâ€™ poetry takes on a distinctly Canadian and contemporary cast that evolved over the course of five years.
Yokoâ€™s Dogs was formed by Jan Conn, Susan Gillis, Mary di Michele and Jane Munro in 2006 around a small tin table at La Maison Verte, a co-op grocery and cafÃ© in Montreal. Susan Gillis teaches literature and creative writing in Montreal; her most recent books are The Rapids (Brick Books 2012) and Twenty Views of the Lachine Rapids (Gaspereau Press 2012). Mary di Michele, poet and novelist, teaches at Concordia University. Her latest published collection is The Flower of Youth, Pier Paolo Pasolini Poems (ECW Press 2011). Jan Conn is a research scientist in Albany, New York, and her latest book of poems is Edge Effects (Brick Books 2012). Jane Munro lives in Vancouver; her most recent poetry book is Active Pass (Pedlar Press 2010).