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The Border Terrain: Rob Taylor interviews Sadiqa de Meijer

Ancestor vs. Ancestor – Sadiqa de Meijer The darkness then was darker than we know; it never left the corners of a room, rose velvetly from cellars, where it blinded the potatoes— like curd it formed a film on wooden spoons. Grains of darkness clustered between brothers. Dark moisture kept the cabbage leaves apart. All […]

Memories on Roblin Lake, Ameliasburgh, Ontario: The Green Waves by Rob Taylor

The Al Purdy A-Frame Residency for writers holds a special place in my heart: my father and I were the first ones to enter the property once the Association decided to begin restoration. Vancouverite poet Rob Taylor’s latest poetry chapbook, The Green Waves, was conceived during his residency. Reading Taylor’s work has been so enjoyable because the setting overlaps his personal experience, my father’s, Purdy’s, and my own of being in Purdy’s second home, a characteristic property lined with bookshelves floor to ceiling that possesses a graceful beauty aged only by the silence and solitude of his passing.

More Talk and More Action: What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation edited by Rob Taylor

In the foreword What the Poets Are Doing: Canadian Poets in Conversation, editor Rob Taylor gives his inspiration for the collection: 2002’s Where the Words Come From: Canadian Poets in Conversation (Nightwood Editions) edited by Tim Bowling. Where Bowling’s editorial vision encompassed an homage to Al Purdy (who died in 2000), Taylor’s honours the work of deceased poet and Tragically Hip singer Gord Downey. The title, What the Poets Are Doing, echoes a lyric from the Tragically Hip song “Poets.”