“Pump organ, stops labelled/vox, vox, vox – tremolo, bellows filling air./Take this creature into your throat pipe. Gristle,/heft, and hide. Rasp, slide the whistle – the alder/cuts its throat to speak its sound.”(From “Vox animalia” by E. Alex Pierce)
This month’s edition of the Governor’s Author’s Pub, a/k/a “Authors With Glasses”, on Tuesday, November 15, 7 pm to 9 pm, features two experienced poets both from Nova Scotia, E. Alex Pierce, from Sable River, and Chad Norman, from Truro.
Pierce is familiar to the local arts scene. While she taught playwriting at Cape Breton University, she gave many readings of her poetry as well as mentored emerging writers of every age. Since her return to her mainland home, she has visited Cape Breton often and kept in touch with many of her former students.
She also leads a poety writing workshop in Sydney every Thursday evening at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Her latest collection of poetry is Vox Humana from Brick Books.
Chad Norman lives in Truro and has just launched his new collection, Hugging The Huge Father, this month. That collection examines his relationship with his deceased father as a way of examining the relationships between fathers and sons, and boys and men, in general.
From “A Nap On The Day of Rest”: “He stood in the aisle as we sat in a row like other boys,/without a thought to look at anything but the cross,/thinking about the hurry, the blurry rush, sweat in sleeves/under the stiff suits worn each week for a necessary hour.”
While Norman has several books of poetry published through a variety of presses, Norman has also founded Grant Block Press, an endeavor to bring out books without government or taxpayers’ money. He has given readings all across Canada in every imaginable type of venue.
As usual for the Authors’ Pub, the second half of the event will be the Open Stage, an opportunity for emerging writers to read a short (5 to 7 minutes or what time will allow) selection from an unpublished work before a very live and very appreciative audience. Anyone wishing to participate in that should register by 7:30 pm on the night of the event.
Admission is by donation. This event is also supported by The Canada Council for the Arts and The Writers’ Union of Canada.