The Hermit Poet

October 24, 2006

Post Reading Report

Filed under: General — Neil Aitken @ 11:13 am

Well, despite an embarrassingly tardy arrival at last night’s reading (I arrived an hour late due to traffic and my own misreading of the emailed time), the North Vancouver Teacher Librarian Association generously allowed to me read at the close of the event.

The reading was held in the gallery portion of the Leo Marshall Curriculum Hall — room filled with artwork and a sense of space. The room’s acoustics were perhaps the best I’ve experienced for a while and I felt more comfortable reading there then almost anywhere I’ve read before. Regrettably I missed the poems read before my arrival by Bonnie Nish, Fran Bourassa, and Daniela Elza. I heard that they were each outstanding and look forward to an opportunity to hear more from them.

After the reading, I went out with Bonnie, Fran, and Daniela to a local pub for wings and conversation while we waited for traffic to die down. I’d forgotten how nice it is to sit down with other people and talk seriously about poetry. Living out in Port Coquitlam, I feel quite isolated from any sort of literary scene. I miss as well the comraderie and intellectual stimulation that comes when you’re in a writing program of any sort. To a certain extent, I think we were all feeling somewhat starved for this type of conversation and ended up talking for another 2.5 hours.

I’m looking forward already to the next reading.

One Response to “Post Reading Report”

  1. daniela elza Says:

    Hi Neil,

    I did not know you had a blog, just happened upon it and thought I would leave you a note and book mark this space to keep up with what you are up to.

    I loved the time we spent talking (and reading that night) and I agree with you that the space in the little gallery was great to read in. I even was impressed that the TVs in the pub could not drown out our eager talk. As I told Fran I have started writing a couple of things form the discussion that night. now i should get my blog up so i can post them.

    hope to see you move closer, and will let you know when my blog or site is up.
    and good luck with those manuscripts. hang in there, this type of dedication should meet with success sooner or later.


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