Cohen Anthology includes Queens author
Just one poet from Nova Scotia is among the 75 authors from around the world whose poetic tributes to Leonard Cohen are included in the upcoming book ‘Leonard Cohen: You’re Our Man’ to honour Leonard Cohen on his 75th birthday (Sept. 21, 2009.)
Susan Borgersen is a visual artist and writer from Queens Co. who received the call for submission asking for a poetic response to one of Cohen’s own poems. “It was more of a knee jerk reaction than a response,” she says. “I received part of my education at a convent boarding school and so responding to his poem ‘ To Young Nun’ came naturally.”
The poem is entitled ‘Sister of No Mer- cy.’
The anthology is a fundraiser to help create a Leonard Cohen Poet-in-Residence Program at Westmount High (Leonard’s old high school near Montreal). The publishers, The Foundation For Public Poetry/Foundation Poésie Publique has announced the names of the 75 poets from Australia, Israel, Turkey, the USA, the UK/England, Belgium, South Africa, Portugal, Cyprus, France, and across Canada including Margaret Atwood and Nova Scotia’s Susan Borgersen.
“I am thrilled,” says Borgersen. “ Words can’t describe the feeling. I’m not sure if I can go to Montreal for the book launch on his [Cohen’s] birthday, but I’m just honoured to have my work included.”
The same weekend, Borgersen is hosting a creative writing weekend workshop in Liverpool – Writing the Historical Novel. “ You can’t be in two places at once,” she jokes.
A complete list of poets (with poem titles) can be seen at www.publ icpoetr y. wordpress.com. The book’s printing is being donated by Friesens Corporation, of Altona, Manitoba. The official launch date will be September 21, 2009 (Leonard Cohen’s 75th birthday.)
Susan Borgersen can be contacted at email@example.com or at her studio, Glorious Mud in East Port Medway.