Keeler opens The Cobourg Po­etry Work­shop’s new sea­son

Northumberland Today - - OPINION -

The Cobourg Po­etry Work­shop’s 3rd Thurs­day Po­etry Read­ings be­gins its 2017/18 sea­son Sept. 21, lead­ing off with lo­cal poet Wally Keeler, a well-known and well­re­garded mem­ber of the lo­cal po­etry com­mu­nity. “When Wally gets up to read, or per­form,” said a mem­ber of the Po­etry Work­shop, “one never knows what to ex­pect. While some poets have a con­sis­tent style, Wally is un­pre­dictable, bring­ing a re­fresh­ing ap­proach to his read­ings, keep­ing the au­di­ence off bal­ance, hold­ing its at­ten­tion at all times. It’s a read­ing not to miss.”

Also read­ing with Keeler is Toronto poet Stan­ley Fef­fer­man whose po­ems critic Laurence Hutch­man de­scribed as be­ing ‘… struck by the their mu­si­cal­ity, hu­mour ..with phrases and lines that sur­prise us with their shift­ing tones of voice. It is po­etry filled with in­sight and grat­i­tude.’ A reg­u­lar broad­caster on CBC Ra­dio, Fef­fer­man will be read­ing from his first col­lec­tion of po­etry, Home Was Else­where.

Join­ing Keeler and Fef­fer­man will be an­other Toronto poet fa­mil­iar to Cobourg au­di­ences, Allan Bries­mas­ter, whose most re­cent col­lec­tion of po­etry, Against The Flight of Spring, is de­scribed as ex­plor­ing life and form with a daz­zling va­ri­ety of po­etic forms and style. A free­lance ed­i­tor, pub­lisher and lit­er­ary con­sul­tant, Bries­mas­ter has pub­lished seven full-length books of po­etry, giv­ing read­ings from St. John’s to Vic­to­ria.

Held at Meet At 66 King Street East in Cobourg, the read­ings com­mence at 7:30 p.m. with the doors open­ing at 7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free.

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