Poetry for the New Year

Try not to be too depressed about the McNally Robinson bankruptcy. Yes, it’s a blow to lose a couple of great book stores that did their best to promote Canadian authors and give them a place to read in public. But suburban Toronto and even Polo Park in Winnipeg (I lived there, I know) never felt like the right fit for what McNally Robinson does so well. Here’s hoping they’ll regroup with their two remaining stores and live to fight the good (bloody) fight for authors for many more days.

To pick up your spirits, take a few minutes to listen to the work of poet Melanie Janisse, just added to AuthorsAloud. Written over a five year period, the poems of Janisse’s collection Orioles in the Oranges have been lauded for their honesty, their compassion and their power. Stores die. The word lives.

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