Cedar Postcards

I’ve begun making a series of postcards. Here are the first two I’ve designed, back from the printer. These are combinations of two poems I’ve written superimposed on two of my linocuts. You can also see the postcards in my etsy shop.

I decided to give the series a name and hit upon naming them in honour of my beloved childhood dog–a beagle named Cedar.





The Excellent Poetry I’m Reading

Books by Darwish & Zaqtan
Poetry books by Mahmoud Darwish & Ghassan Zaqtan, translated by Fady Joudah

I’m reading and rereading the books of two great poets, Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Zaqtan.  These were translated from Arabic into English by Fady Joudah.  I mentioned that his translation of Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me won him and Zaqtan the Griffin Poetry Prize this year. Reading Straw Bird has led me to Darwish’s If I Were Another.  Joudah, the translator, has given English speakers a gift in translating these works that are of the highest quality writing.

Griffin Poetry Prize

Griffin Poetry Prize 2013
Griffin Poetry Prize 2013–Shortlist Anthology

I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that I have begun writing over the past several years.  Reading and hearing poetry is a large part of my education as I learn to develop my capacity to write poetry–to closely observe life and put the observations into words.  

Last night I went to Koerner Hall in Toronto to hear the Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings.  This was a terrific event.  It was the second year that I’ve attended the reading which I plan to go to again.   Seven poets–four international and three Canadian–read their work in this beautiful hall. Listening to poetry being read is an experience we don’t often have,  but one which can be deeply meaningful–as it was last night hearing these excellent poets.  Today, the two winners–one international and one Canadian will be announced.

Koerner Hall
Waves of wood below the ceiling in Koerner Hall where the Griffin poetry readings were held, June 12, 2013

The poets are:


Fady Joudah, translator, and Ghassan Zaqtan

Jennifer Maiden

Alan Shapiro

Brenda Shaughnessy


David W. McFadden

James Pollock

Ian Williams