poet poetry splendid spring

“we make our lives by what we love”





walking through woods
imagining sex between John Cage
and Merce Cunningham
a constellation that resembles a toad
a river you can see
a piano in the northern sky
nothing more than nothing can be said
we make our lives by what we love
our ears are now in excellent condition
I have three losses
first when I was young I was eager to study
and travelled all over the world
then when I returned my parents were dead
second all good companions in my life have now gone
third I forget the third
the nervous system
the blood in circulation
two sounds: one high one low
every year around this time
I draw a sparrow
magnificent magnificent
no one knows the final word
the ocean’s bed aflame


GARY BARWIN is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn). His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Fiction) and the Hamilton Literary Award (Fiction). It was also a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His interactive writing installation using old typewriters and guitar processors was featured during 2016-2017 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 
A finalist for the National Magazine Awards (Poetry), he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. He is one of the judges for this year’s CBC Poetry Prize.
A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library and is currently be writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library in 2017-2018.
See GARY BARWIN’s BROKEN LIGHT at BRYAN PRINCE BOOKSELLER (Hamilton, ON) now through June 2018.

By Kirby

Poet. Book Fairy. Publisher knife | fork | book

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