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Interview: Canadian Poetries

January 21, 2014

Canadian Poetries is starting a new mini-interview series for poets and they asked me to kick it off. Here you go.

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Books: Wow Wow and Haw Haw

December 6, 2013

My first book for children, in collaboration with artist Michael Pittman, has been announced in both the Quill and Quire and Publisher’s Weekly. It’ll appear in Spring 2014 from Breakwater Books. It’s going to be a thing of beauty — hardcover with a nice dust jacket and full-colour paintings by Sobey Prize nominee Pittman. I had already owned three of Michael’s paintings, purely as  a fan of his work, when his name came up as illustrator. I was so thrilled he said yes. We jived really well in the development of this book and hope you’ll all enjoy it.

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Event: Wild Writers Festival

October 11, 2013

I’ll be appearing at the Wild Writers Festival in Waterloo, Ontario in November. The entire program is here. It looks like it’s more of a festival of discussions than readings, which means things should be pretty interesting and lively, especially given the lineup. Come out and join us!

Saturday, November 9, 3:45pm to 5pm

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Readings: Mahone Bay, The Atlantic Poetry Prize, and Halifax Word on the Street

September 16, 2013

I’ll be reading three times in Nova Scotia this week, around Whiteout‘s nomination for the Atlantic Poetry Prize and Word on the Street. Please tell your friends!

Friday, Sept 20
Who: Carole Langille and George Murray
When: 3pm
Where: The Biscuit Eater Cafe and Bookstore (16 Orchard Street, Mahone Bay)

Saturday, Sept 21
Who: Herb MacDonald, Donna Morrissey, George Murray (Whiteout), and Russell Wangersky
When: 2pm
Where: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (1113 Marginal Road, Halifax)

Sunday, Sept 22
Who: Leslie Choyce, Michelle Ellrick, Sue Goyette, Rachel Lebowitz, and George Murray
When: 2:45pm
Where:  Dynamic Dialogues Tent (on the Warf, Halifax)

 

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Reading: Fisher’s Loft, Port Rexton

August 28, 2013

I’ll be reading this weekend up in Port Rexton, a lovely small town in scenic Trinity, at the incredibly posh B&B/Inn The Fisher’s Loft (I think it’s been profiled in big places like National Geographic, etc., as one of the best places to stay in the world) as part of their Just Before Dinner reading series. I’ll read to guests and they people stay for dinner from the 5-star chef. Including me. Hot damn. If you’re looking for an end of summer activity to treat yourself, this should be great. I’m reading aphorisms, old and new.

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Shortlist: The Atlantic Poetry Prize

June 9, 2013

Whiteout has been shortlisted for the Atlantic Poetry Prize. I’ll be reading from it in Halifax at Word on the Street and again at the event for the poetry prize.

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Review: Whiteout in Canadian Literature

May 6, 2013

There’s  a somewhat academically dense review of Whiteout in Canadian Literature. It’s nice to have one so late in the book’s life, though. Buy the book here.

If Murray successfully translates fourteenth-century Italian poetry into present-day Newfoundland, he likewise telegraphs local vernacular as vital element of lyric tradition, whether in the sing-song rhymes of Song for a Memory (The old men are proud of their jukebox picks, / Humming in time where the words come unfixed) or the philosophical familiarity of St. John’s (Your future could lean in that door and you / might not recognize it as anything / but the next in another series of nows). The collection’s two Ligature poems—Ligature ( ) and Ligature (&)—succinctly articulate Murray’s poetic in Whiteout (a condition during which sea, sky, and land have no discernible lines of demarcation). Signalling the poet’s fealty to linguistic marks and sounds, these poems employ ligature as metaphorical conjunction of two bodies come together as something resembling an us that just might make a shape of life.

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