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Anne DeGrace Discusses Celebrating National Poetry Month With a Reading by Ellen S. Jaffe

Anne DeGrace compares poetry to food in a recent article entitled “Poetic deliciousness at your library”. She begins by considering “the collective sigh/murmur that happens at the end of a poem”, explaining that “it’s not unlike the sound you make when you bite into something particularly delicious, or set down your fork when it’s finished.” DeGrace states that April is National Poetry Month, and this year the Poets League of Canada has declared a theme of Food and Poetry. In order to celebrate National Poetry Month, there will be a special reading on Tuesday, April 21st at the Nelson Public Library with poets Ellen S. Jaffe and Jane Byers, both of whom draw on “a surprising number of references to food, kitchens and cooking.”

Ellen S. Jaffe’s newest poetry collection, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, was published by Guernica Editions in 2014. Her previous books include her book of poetry Water Children, the young adult novel Feast of Lights, and Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal. Her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in journals and anthologies. Ellen currently teaches writing with “Learning/Living Through the Arts” and has received Artist-in-Education and writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council. She is Hamilton contributing editor of Great Lakes Review.

Skinny-Dipping with the Muse is a collection of poems that have been described by Heidi Greco as “flowers planted to remember those who have gone before…steeped in the importance of family. This book tracks a life – its losses, discoveries and joys”. It is grouped into four sections and relate to the writer’s experience of diving “into the destructive element”, naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the ‘creative spirit’ in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous.

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