I know there’s nothing special about me
being here; I see the same things as all
the others, exclaim the same compliments.
But here in a warm wood-panelled bar, I’ll pound
my hand on the table, press my shirt to my chest,
and declare, solemnly and without irony,
that I too could live here.
JULIE CAMERON GRAY, from Thoughts of a Drunken Tourist at the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery (Taddle Creek)
“what if I wrote lines that took nothing / but the shape of my thoughts?”
NYLA MATUK from Stranger
THIS WEEK | THURSDAY NIGHT POETS
Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish
Julie Cameron Gray is originally from Sudbury, Ontario. She is the author of Tangle (Tightrope Books, 2013), and has previously published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Carousel, and in Best Canadian Poetry 2011 (Tightrope Books, 2011), and her second book of poetry, Lady Crawford, is out now from Palimpsest Press..
Nyla Matuk is the author of two books of poetry. Sumptuary Laws (2012) was nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for a best first book of poetry in Canada, and Stranger was released in October 2016. Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Matuk received a Yaddo fellowship in 2014 and held the 2015 Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist at McGill University. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, PN Review, The Literateur, The Walrus, Prelude, and the New Poetries VI anthology published by Carcanet Press in 2015.