TORONTO: Last night (Feb 4) Toronto poetry fans turned out to celebrate the publication of 4 stunning poetry chapbooks, courtesy of Luciano Iacobelli (below), the founder of Lyrical Myrical Press, at Supermarket Resto-lounge in Kensington Market. Apologies as I have no web address or link for Lyrical Myrical Press but I believe you can find all the poets on Facebook.
Renowned Canadian poets Donna Longevin, Lawrence Hopperton and Norman Allan were joined by media personality, artist and writer (and my dear friend) Nik Beat who was also celebrating his birthday. What a night! The poets charmed and moved the audience with prose that was heartfelt, emotionally charged, challenging and sometimes side-slapping funny. Luciano first introduced Lawrence Hopperton (below) whose reading transported us into cottage country and shared his life and family experiences, even making the audience “breath with me” during one reading of a work-in-progress.
Then the wickedly wry Norman Allen (below) gave a beatnik flavoured performance of his work, accompanied by a groovy local bass play.
Then the powerful readings of Donna Longevin (below) mesmerized the audience – her poems focused on her love of cranes (the birds) and encompassed nature observations, Japanese origami cranes and she even shared a piece on the mechanical cranes, too.
Nik Beat closed the evening with his ultra-cool musical musings and poetry, accompanied by local rock bassist (apologies, I did not catch his name but he was super groovy)