April 3, 2020

The absence of these faces:

Petals on a wet, black plague.

 Verdun                                              Outremont                                       Lucien L'allier                               

Cote Ste-Catherine...

January 3, 2018

The word “proem” means a preamble to a book or speech. I have “re-appropriated” it and created a new genre, the “ProemCard.”  I have been writing ProemCards for a number of years. I write them whenever I am travelling or am somewhere other than home.

            A ProemCard is a poem that combines prose and poetry and the spirit of the postcard. “ProemCard from Montreal” was meant to be my last birthday gift to Montreal on its 375th birthday but it took a bit longer, (in Montreal construction is never completed on...

December 22, 2017

Letter to A.M. Klein

Dear Abraham

It is late, but for us, it is the right time to be awake, steal time from sleep and pensate upon the fate and faith involved in living in this place.

I, too, am an immigrant and, like you, know what it is to be inside outside.

Much, yet no much, has changed since you, as child, held your father’s hand on the way to and from shul every Sabbath, as a young man, held your sweetheart’s hand on the way to and from a summer evening stroll on the Mountain, as father, held your children’s ha...

November 9, 2017

Sainte Catherine Street

Towering black nuns frighten us

as they come lumbering down the tramway aisle

amulets and talismans caught in careful fingers

promising plagues for an imprudent glance

So we bow our places away

      the price of an indulgence

How may we be saints and live in golden coffins

Who will leave on our stone shelves

      pathetic notes for interventions

How may we be calm marble gods at ocean altars

Who will murder us for some high reason

There are no ordeals

Fire and water have passed fr...

October 18, 2017

The Whistle Blowers

Part Five

Hungary Something is Eating you.

Evening October 23, 2016

We were in the kitchen eating Z’s delicious homemade goulash and watching Duna TV, the state-controlled station. We watched clips of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s short speech at the celebration. According to the magazine 168 Óra, a magazine that defines itself as a critical civic-intellectual weekly, Orban wanted the event, his speech included, to grab the young. He had ordered his event planners to make it “fancyk, trendik and s...

October 17, 2017

The Agony of Being an Expos Fan

It's like having your fines innocent hopes shattered, your heart

ground to dust. Your pancreas has been removed and now you must eat pure sugar.

   You have many questions that will always remain

unanswered. What was the cosmic attraction between Ron 

Leflore, Tim Raines, Terry Francona and the left field wall?

Who stole Steve Rogers' fastball? Was Rodney SAcott the finger

in the dyke? Did Bill Lee put a macrobiotic curse on the team?

Was John McHale in league with the devil. Whatever


October 2, 2017

Carolyn Marie Souaid is a poet and author whose first book of fiction, Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik (published by Baraka Books), will be launched in Montreal, Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm at La Vitrola (3rd floor) - 4602 boul. St. Laurent. Be there for the launch, bannock, baklava and throat singing. For more information go to Ms. Souaid's website here

For more than half a century, the Ruby Foo’s brand has been a Montreal tradition.  The restaurant opened in the late 50’s and became the place to see...

September 18, 2017

Tom Konyves a member of the Vehicule Poets that never were from 1970--- is a pioneer of videopoetry. He will be reading at the Trois Rivieres International poetry Festival in Quebec in October. Check out the site for schedules of events.

Montreal Lane Vision

A couple of clothespins later,

another creak.

The cat looks up

in heat: a sunbather looks down

in between the leafy branches,

where the sparrow turns

and spies its mate.

And it’s these sparrows

who repeat all our thoughts

in their infe...

September 1, 2017

Stain glass mural: History of Montreal at Berri de Montagny  (now Berri-UQAM) metro station. 

Claudia Lapp is one the Vehicule Poets who lived in Montreal during the seventies. Her poems are sensual, evocative and feminist. This poem from her book Honey published in 1973 captures the sensual, erotic and multicultural possibilities of the city.

Going into the city’s centre

in a snowstorm

to catch the metro

her ovaries sending blood signals

her breasts full-moon-full under wool

asking herself, is no one real

these chi...

August 22, 2017

I will be at 5151 ch. de la Côte Sainte- Catherine signing copies of my book Never,Again. Drop by, would love to see you. Please spread the word.

Sunday, August 27,

1:00-4:00 pm.

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