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Literary Connections across the Ocean: Canadian-British poet Paul Sutherland

September 16, 2013

Greetings again….I was very pleased to meet border-crossing poet, Paul Sutherland, born in Canada, who emigrated to England as a young man, but a regular “summer bird,” returning home to Ontario for parts of every summer….he read from his new book JOURNEYING (Valley Press) at “Conspiracy of 3” this past summer, and I told him how much I admired his reflective poems of life’s many “journeys.” We exchanged books, and he was kind enough to share some comments, later this summer, on mine:

“I’m very moved by your book, the way it explores motherhood seems particularly interesting–from young to older motherhood…..The book’s title suggests, without over-stating, the importance of telling stories, and you certainly tell them. The dramatic effect is in part created by the tension between lyrical and narrative forms–one connecting events, the other disconnecting and highlighting individual moments or images. I like the way you do this.” 

To extend this poetic exchange, Paul is coming to read for my Can. Lit. class early this winter, and I am pleased that he has accepted two of my poems for publication in the UK journal Dreamcatcher (issue #27). 



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