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CV2 & Prairie Fire Celebrate World Poetry Day with Alice Major

Thursday Mar 21 2019 8:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove
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Contemporary Verse 2 and Prairie Fire magazine are proud once again to join forces to celebrate UNESCO’s World Poetry Day with a reading by three fine poets.

This year’s featured guest is Edmonton poet Alice Major, author of the acclaimed collection, Welcome to the Anthropocene (University of Alberta Press). Alice will be joined by two excellent local poets, Lori Cayer and Marjorie Poor. Following the readings, Major will be joined in conversation by Winnipeg International Writers Festival director Charlene Diehl. Audience members are invited to stay after the readings to chat with the poets and eat delicious cake.

Alice Major has published eleven collections of poetry and a collection of essays on poetry and science. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Pat Lowther Prize and a National Magazine Award Gold Medal. She served as the first poet laureate for her home city of Edmonton and received the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award.

Lori Cayer is the author of four poetry collections, Dopamine Blunder, Attenuations of Force, and Stealing Mercury. Her most recent book, Mrs Romanov (The Porcupine's Quill) is a work of historical poetry based on the life and times of the last Tsarina of Russia whose reign, with her husband Emperor Nicholas II, ended with the beginning of Bolshevism. A winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, she is a former co-editor for CV2 and co-founder of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. She lives in Winnipeg.

Marjorie Poor is an editor and writer who lives and reads (and lives to read) in Winnipeg. By day, she edits educational materials for the provincial government, and, on the side, she is the editor of Prairie Books NOW. Her reviews and poetry have appeared in Prairie Fire and Zygote.



Welcome to the Anthropocene

- Alice Major

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Alice Major observes the comedy and the tragedy of this human-dominated moment on Earth. Major's most persistent question--"Where do we fit in the universe?"--is made more urgent by the ecological calamity of human-driven climate change. Her poetry leads us to question human hierarchies, loyalties, and consciousness, and challenges us to find some humility in our overblown sense of our cosmic significance.

Now, welcome to the Anthropocene
you battered, tilting globe. Still you gleam,
a blue pearl on the necklace of the planets.

This home. Clouds, oceans, life forms span it
from pole to pole, within a peel of air
as thin as lace lapped round an apple. Fair
and fragile bounded sphere, yet strangely tough--
this world that life could never love enough.
And yet its loving-care has been entrusted
to a feckless species, more invested
in the partial, while the total goes unnoticed.

-- from "Welcome to the Anthropocene"

Mrs Romanov

- Lori Cayer

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Lori Cayer's poetry collection Mrs Romanov reveals the unexpectedly quotidian concerns of Alexandra Feodorovna, the last tsarina of Imperial Russia.