“Weightless” has been chosen for the Poetry in Motion program.
“A public poetry art project, Poetry in Motion will feature short poems and excerpts from longer poems on transit ads in buses; digital signs at libraries, ferry terminals, and recreation centres; and printed postcards.”
The ten poets whose work will be featured as part of Poetry in Motion’s inaugural year are:
Sylvia D. Hamilton
The selected poems will appear in public spaces starting in October.
“In an age in which we too often desire answers to be black and white, in which we flee from ambiguity and complexity, and in which we find it difficult to see beyond the immediate or to read beyond literal, poetry gives us permission to wonder, permission to find the extraordinary in the mundane, permission to look anew at that which we imagine cannot be seen differently, to wrestle with what may seem unsayable or unimaginable.”
“Pink” has been published in the Work Matters issue of Prairie Fire.
Cover Image by Jonathan Dyck
“When I Reach” (from Dust Blown Side of the Journey) is 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) .
“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
You can read an interview with Eleonore Schönmaier here.
The above postcard image was created by Megan Fildes for the League of Canadian Poets.
“jobs that involve creativity, social interaction, and a human touch are hard to automate”
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.
“Eleonore Schönmaier’s Dust Blown Side of the Journey…takes 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
Conversation (from Treading Fast Rivers) is today’s featured poem as part of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Pause. Migrations (from Wavelengths of Your Song) was featured on November 16. Both poems have been set to music by Emily Doolittle.
“With Poetry Pause, the League will circulate one poem a day, Monday-Friday, each month, all year. For your daily dose of poetics, you can subscribe to our Poetry Pause newsletter or find the poems on our website where they will be archived.”
Eleonore Schönmaier’s poem “Thanksgiving” is included in the recently released Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology edited by Priscila Uppal and Meaghan Strimas and published by Mansfield Press. The anthology is included in Chatelaine Magazine’s best books of 2018 list. The book also includes work by Teva Harrison, Molly Peacock, A.F. Moritz, Pamela Mordecai, Christian Bök, Catherine Graham, Canisia Lubrin, Bardia Sinaee, Ron Charach, Adam Sol, Emily Schultz, Jónína Kirton, and Zoe Whittall, and many others.
“Their work offers us new ways of seeing, understanding, and representing this ordinary and extraordinary experience. Current statistics predict 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. We need more art to understand the complexity and dimensions of what this means. This is an anthology for anyone who knows someone. This is an anthology for everyone.”