Review on The Found Poetry Review

Thank you Douglas Luman for this wonderful response to my book at The Found Poetry Review. It is so gratifying to read such a thoughtful, thorough response.

The form of the book, the feeling and space that it inhabits, is reminiscent of Kaia Sand’s Remember to Wave, though the subject matter and arrangement of the books are as different as they are alike. The immediate ability draw the reader in is palpable, and does not let go fully, even if the final speaker of the book attempts to disengage. The potential offered by such a use of self-erasure certainly demonstrates that the space occupied by the second hand, one often vacated or ill-attended by poetry, can be a powerful place in which to meet a reader and establish relationships that, even if they aren’t exactly us, offer the possibility of seeing ourselves in them.

You can read the whole review here. 

Sometimes I leave my cave and go out in public

I have a few public readings coming up in the next while. I’m reading on February 6th to support the land defenders on Burnaby Mountain against the Kinder Morgan pipeline development. I am reading with several poets and activists, including Audrey Siegl from Musqueam and poet Stephen Collis, one of the profs sued in the legal case. The event is at the Biltmore at 8 PM. All funds go to the land defenders. There are also bands. Here is the Facebook page.

On February 18th I’m reading at SFU (Simon Fraser University) with Roy Miki, a poet and thinker I respect very much. Roy was a key figure in the Japanese Redress movement’s social justice work for the Japanese Canadian Community. I am honoured to be reading with Roy. All details about the reading are here.

On February 24th I’m reading at REVERB reading series. I’ll post the details for that soon. And looking ahead, in late April I’m reading at the North Shore Writers Festival.

Then I go back into my cave and eat Doritos. True story.

Review & interview in Matrix

Thank you to poet Fazeela Jiwa for her review and interview about my book in Montreal’s Matrix Magazine. 

From Fazeela’s review: “It would seem fitting to describe these iterations as Russian dolls, except that analogy implies that each version looks like the original, only smaller. Instead, Leslie’s distillation and rearrangement of the original words opens new worlds within the same story. Subsequent versions may be smaller but despite this, the startling re-combinations of words and phrases explore the creases of the first iteration.”

Creases. I love that.

You can read the whole thing here.

Thank you Fazeela!