Couplets: a collaborative poetry reading series
Each episode of Couplets is a unique blend of dialogue, collaborative writing, and collaborative performance.
Thursday September 21, 2017 at 6 – 7 p.m.
“September is work to the center…,” writes Mary Jo Bang. What better way to centre yourself for the end of summer than by working your way over to London’s centre of collaborative poetry, The ARTS Project, for some off-centre work by Shane Neilson and Emma Croll-Baehre? Rhetorical question!
Shane Neilson—a poet, physician, and critic from New Brunswick—lives in Oakville and is completing his PhD at McMaster, where he researches representations of pain. Dysphoria, the final entry in his trilogy on affect, was published by Porcupine’s Quill in March. He often writes about matters pertaining to dis/ability.
Emma Croll-Baehre—a Newfoundland-born poet—is completing her Honours Specialization in English at Western. Her poetic affiliations span from the late April Rabbit Poetry Reading to Poetry London. Her latest work, Limit Al Lives (co-written with Marta Croll-Baehre) explores liminal lives in relation to psychic/physical borderlands.
What is Couplets?
Two poets locked in mortal struggle and/or collegial mentorship. One established poet (the ‘anchor’) and one emerging poet (the ‘wildcard’). For an entire month, they’ve collaborated on this evening of alternating readings, response poems, renga, duets, live interview, writing exercises, shouting matches, elaborate period-costume satire, and general poetic tennis. For one night only, they present this collaboration to you. Live! In full colour and surround-sound! Admission is always free because your attendance is invaluable—but we will pass a hat for our poets so you can show that you value artistic labour in a cold, hard way.