Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

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One of the things I look forward to most when giving a reading in another city is the chance to have a post-reading drink and chat with the other readers and poets who live in the area. I had an opportunity to do this in Cobourg this past weekend when Stuart Ross joined us for a couple of pints and some poetry-talk. As the evening wore on, several of us drifted off to our various lodgings, including my wife, Erin, who was staying with me at a Bed and Breakfast just outside of Cobourg. I had a crudely drawn map to the B&B and a vague sense of where to tell the cabby to take me; however, I also wanted to explore Cobourg a bit, so I told Erin I would meet up with her later. At the end of the night, Stuart gave me directions to the beach and I wandered down to the pounding surf coming in from Lake Ontario. The wind was high and the breakers were breaking each other into some serious froth. The sand was drifting along the beach and snow started to mix in with the streamers ghosting past my feet. I really loved standing there in the wind and thinking about how unbelievable the Great Lakes are. Oceans of fresh water. There’s nothing like them anywhere else in the world. It really blew my mind and it blows my mind still. In many ways standing there mumbling to the Lakes was the perfect culmination of my evening. Eventually, I took a cab to the B&B, but through a series of mishaps I found myself locked outside. I managed to find a hammock on the porch that seemed comfortable enough. I started to sleep, but it was getting very cold and the wind was all over the porch. I walked around the property a bit and eventually found a way to sneak into the house. Breaking into a Bed and Breakfast to go to sleep with my wife after a wonderful poetry reading in Cobourg—now that was the culmination of my awesome night!

The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes by Bill Mason, National Film Board of Canada

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Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson’s poems have appeared in literary journals in Canada and internationally. His first book of poetry, Cartography and Walking (Brick Books), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award. His second collection, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books), was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His third collection of poetry, The Polymers is published by House of Anansi Press.

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