Category Archives: Literary Diversions

When words come to life — literally

Mesmerizing isn’t it? Say hello to one of the most promising artists of our time, Ebon Heath. He is a Berlin-based artist with roots in Brooklyn and Bali, who is currently revolutionizing the face of visual poetry. Yes, that means words that we not only see, but can also touch and feel. He is transforming [...]

Book nerd’s Christmas tree

If you’re anything like me, you have far more books than can reasonably fit on the shelves. I have books stacked in corners, and even inside a bread box. But I don’t have a book tree. My partner would be certain it would turn into a scene from Fahrenheight 451. /reddit

Live in/near Brantford? Enjoy poetry?

The city of Brantford will have its very first poetry slam tonight @ 7:30 at Brantford’s Station Coffee House at the Via Rail Station. If you’ve never experienced a poetry slam, I highly recommend you do so. They’re a little silly (be prepared to shout out ridiculous phrases), and always fun—and you never know what [...]

Book Sculptures: A Mystery

It started in March, 2011. The staff at the Scottish Poetry Library discovered a gift that had been left anonymously on a table, with a note: It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree….We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much [...]

100 Thousand Poets For Change

Beverly Akerman, whose list story, “What I’ve Prayed For” was published in Issue 114 (and later in her collection, The Meaning Of Children), wrote to tell me about 100 Thousand Poets for Change. The event intrigued me, so I asked her to tell me, and you, more about it. Take it away Beverly… Though I’ve [...]

Poetry Bomb!

Kitchener/Waterloo, especially in uptown/downtown (that’s right, it’s a forward slash kind of community), is awash in knit/crochet graffiti. Not only is an unexpected burst of colour delightfully smile-provoking, I appreciate that: 1. someone has taken the time to share their craft in a way that requires stealth, speed and skill, and that 2. it is [...]

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