Instrument of Troubled Dreams



The Instrument of Troubled Dreams is an interactive site-specific installation by Canadian artists Janet Cardiff (1957) and George Bures Miller (1960). Members of the public are invited to play the mellotron (and the instrument only comes to life when they do). On until 29 April 2019 in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

“Prior to the opening…artists Janet Cardiff (JC) and George Bures Miller spoke about the work with director and curator Jacqueline Grandjean (JG)

[an excerpt from the installation brochure]

“JC: Poetry is actually a big thing in all of our work. The thing we use to put things together.

“JG:  Absolutely, the fragmentation, the rhythm of it.

JC:  Yes so much of our work is about poetic juxtaposition. You have to have the memory of the one segment to move on to the next segment and figure out how they go together… Create this magic.”


“Based on the church’s Vater-Müller organ, which was being restored at the time, the artists devised another organ with a soundtrack conceived for the building, which the public was invited to play. Twenty-five speakers connected to a mellotron (a mechanical precursor of the sampler) mixed different sounds—vocal, musical, mechanical, plus sounds from inanimate objects or nature—with sounds from, among other things, the aforementioned organ.”

Katerina Gregos



The result is a haunting, resplendent soundscape of single and overlapping sounds (depending on how the instrument was played) that echoed and pervaded the vast space, activating personal and collective memories, sparking a rich plethora of associations and recalling the ghosts of history, recent and past.”

Katerina Gregos

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day


This is the postcard image for “it didn’t happen here” created by Megan Fildes for the League of Canadian Poets, and is one of fifteen poems chosen for the Poem in Your Pocket Day Booklet.

Celebrate today by printing, sharing, and carrying a poem today from the Booklet.

Here are some ideas for your own Poem in Your Pocket Day adventures and celebrations:

  • Start a “poems for pockets” giveaway in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Memorize a poem
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr
  • Send a poem to a friend



“Pink” has been published in the Work Matters issue of Prairie Fire.

Table of Contents

Duncan Mercredi—Three Poems
Rebecca Carlson Molloy—Firstborn Son
Chimwemwe Undi—Three Poems
Anita Lahey—Frostbite
Cornelia Hoogland—Everybody Knows
Becky Blake—The Amazing Flying Velcro Twins
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang—Two Poems
Patricia Robertson—The Old Speech
Rob Budde—Two Poems
Krista Eide—Dreamland
Tanis MacDonald—Magnificent
Lauren Carter—Triple Feature
Corina Gugulus—Balthazar
Genni Gunn—Birth Stones
Kirsten Pendreigh—Two Poems
Trisha Cull—Fifteen: a love story
Tiffany Morris —Honeymoon No. 2
Isaac Würmann—Pilgrim
Amanda Merpaw—Miss Mitchell’s Comet
Patricia Rawson—Work Matters
Tina Silver—Fortunes with Fries
Spenser Smith—Hundreds of Men: A case study
Sherryl Melnyk—Ball Breaker
Eleonore Schönmaier—Pink
Diana Fitzgerald Bryden—the horse long gone
Kelly S. Thompson—Death Cherry
Jeff Musgrave—The Office of Statistics
Jim Jackson—Companies of One: Our Selves and the Future of Work
Renée Cohen—Soul-Crushing Jobs on the Road to Fulfillment
Chelsea Comeau—The Hanged Man Chosen Upright
Chloe Mayes—Mixing Mud with My Body
Raye Hendrickson—In a Day’s Work
Jennie Hunter—Don’t Ever Tell Them That
Alan Hill—The Tractor Driver
Tricia Wasney—The Load
Elena Johnson—Ground-truthing
Joelle Kidd—Love Letters Under Glass
Susanne Von Rennenkampff—Folding Laundry
Rhonda Collis—The Keeper
Brad C. Anderson—Sisyphean Gambit


Cover Image by Jonathan Dyck

Happy Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry month in Canada and the Poem in Your Pocket Day brochure is already available online. Plus there are postcard versions of the poems designed by Megan Fildes.  The brochure includes 15 poems, 12 recommended nature poetry books, 10 ways to support your favourite poets, along with tips for educators and young readers.

The official 2019 Poem in Your Pocket Day poems are:

Harry Posner – Still be still be still be 

Eleonore Schonmaier – “it didn’t happen here”

Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang – Visit

Fiona Tinwei Lam – Ode to Chopsticks

Allison LaSorda – Beekeeping

Kathryn Mockler – Water

Yvonne Blomer – Spotted Owl as Desire

Marilyn Bowering – Brother

Heather Cadsby – Quick Question

Lorne Daniel – Crushed

Adebe DeRango-Adem – O Sea of Troubles We Did Not Take Arms Against

Lorie Miseck – Jazz (A Variation)

kjmunro – A haiku

Jim Nason – Eggshells

Charlie Petch – Glom Glom Sunraises


  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Memorize a poem
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite lines of poetry
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr
  • Send a poem to a friend

When I Reach

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When I Reach” (from Dust Blown Side of the Journeyis featured in the Poetry Pause for March 29 from the League of Canadian Poets .

Additional poems were featured on March 21, World Poetry Day “it didn’t happen here” (winner of the National Broadsheet Contest), on December 17,  Conversation (from Treading Fast Rivers) and on November 1,  Migrations  (from Wavelengths of Your Song) .

Winner National Broadsheet Contest

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“it didn’t happen here” is the winner of the League of Canadian Poets National Broadsheet contest, and was selected by judge D.A. Lockhart for its “strong images, and captivating lyric voice.” Lockhart also states, “It’s nature speaks to the sort of experiential empathy that would do much to our world.”  D.A. Lockhart

In addition to being crafted into the above artisan broadsheet by Briar Craig, “it didn’t happen here” will be published in the League of Canadian Poets 2019 Poem in Your Pocket booklet on April 18, plus it will also be released as a postcard. You can also read the poem as featured on today’s Poetry Pause.

You can read an interview with Eleonore Schönmaier here.

Congratulations also to the runner-up Phillip Crymble for his poem “The Country East of Rossville, Indiana” (which you can read by scrolling down here), along with the  Honourable mentions: Alone and together by Lenea Grace, You Shall Have Homes, 1928 by Kim Fahner, and Last Words by Katherine Pilon.

Happy World Poetry Day!

In global libraries

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Eleonore Schönmaier’s books can be found in libraries globally including Poets House Library, New York, USA,  Helsinki University in Finland,  Bibliographie du Quebec, in Canada, Falvey Memorial Library  at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, USA,  and Biblioteca Madre Maria Teresa Guevara, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico among others.

Review in Canadian Literature

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“Eleonore Schönmaier’s Dust Blown Side of the Journeytakes an ecological approach with its rich selection of nature poetry, but her collection is also intimate and self-reflective…Her poems range in national settings, from the Canadian boreal forest, to the Balinese jungle, to the Greek islands, to the ‘remote mountains of Ecuador’…Capturing moments of human greed and human kindness, of striving for community, and of unapologetic joy, Schönmaier’s work is rejuvenating, and offers both a sense of peace and a time for introspection.” —Monica Sousa (read the full review in Canadian Literature).



Photo by Eleonore Schönmaier