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Four Voices: David Watmough, Miles Lowry, Mike Doyle and Brian Brett
On Tuesday, May 12, at 7pm there will be a reading at the Martin Batchelor Gallery at 712 Cormorant Street featuring performances by novelist and poet David Watmough, artist/poet Miles Lowry, Mike Doyle and Brian Brett.
Naturalized Canadian, David Watmough has been shaped and nourished by a Cornish background as well as years in London, Paris, New York and San Francisco. All his novels, short stories, plays and poems, however, have been written on Canada’s west coast during the past 45 years. Geraldine, his eighteenth book and thirteenth fiction title, was published in 2007 by Ekstasis Editions. In 2008 he published a book of poems, Coming Down the Pike: Sonnets. After a lifetime of writing mainly fiction, all of it written in Vancouver, his retreat to Boundary Bay (one field away from the U.S. border) has marked a significant change in his work, as these sonnets, broadly in the idiom of those of John Milton, attest.
Miles Lowry's most recent book is Blood Orange: The Paul Bowles Poems, a book that explores the life of novelist Paul Bowles in a snapshot album of poems and images drawn from years of Lowry's wandering in Bowles's fiction and biographical remnants. Lowry lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is Artistic Co-Director for Suddenly Dance Theatre. His cinematic poem Opium, based on French poet Jean Cocteau, was produced for Canadian television and selected for the 2007 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City. A short film, Aisling - We Saw a Vision, was recently produced for Bravo!fact. Author of five previous books of poetry, he is also known as a painter, sculptor, photographer and theatrical designer. His work is seen in a wide variety of exhibitions, performances and publications.
Check out: http://www.mileslowry.ca/
Mike Doyle has written numerous books of poetry, as well as books on William Carlos Williams and James T. Baxter, a biography of Richard Aldington, plus critical essays on Williams, Wallace Stevens, H.D. and others. In Paper Trombones Doyle shares musings on poetry – his own and others’ – drawn from informal journal notes of the past thirty years. Born in London of Irish descent, Doyle lived in New Zealand before moving to Victoria, BC. As a poet and academic on three continents, Doyle recalls fascinating encounters with prominent literary figures – from Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to Basil Bunting, Anne Sexton, Robert Creeley, James Wright, Robert Bly, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, George Woodcock and various Canadian poets. With candid commentary on his wide reading in poetry, philosophy and criticism, Mike Doyle is a personable guide to the currents of contemporary literature. Pound, Williams, Stevens, Modernism and the language and Black Mountain schools, are discussed, as well as Keats, Coleridge and Hardy, both in terms of the writing and the effect on Doyle’s poems.
Brian Brett is a poet, fictionist, critic, journalist, is the author of 10 books. He has been publishing since 1970. His acclaimed memoir /poetry diptych Uproar’s Your Only Music was released in 2004. There is also a CD of his ‘Talking Songs’ called Night Directions for the Lost. His forthcoming book is Trauma Farm: A Natural History of Living on the Land. He lives with his family on his farm on Salt Spring Island.
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