By Ayesha Chatterjee
People often ask me if my new collection, Bottles and Bones, has a theme running through it, and I was surprised the first time I found myself saying that it does. I usually have the attention span of a fruit fly and can’t stick to a topic for longer than three poems (if you read my poems, you’ll see how very short they generally are, so that should give you an indication). But a few years ago, I stumbled across a term used in perfumery, fougère, which is a class of fragrances and is also French for ‘fern’. Think Drakkar Noir or Brut. Think oakmoss (a species of lichen. It’s all right, I had to look it up too) and sharp and spicy. But also soundless and green and soft and new. I was hooked.
Submissions are open for Poetry NOW: 5th annual Battle of the Bards and we’re waiting to hear from you!
The Battle of the Bards gives upcoming and established poets a unique opportunity to appear on the IFOA stage. Twenty poets will participate in a night of readings at Harbourfront Centre on April 3, 2013, just in time for National Poetry Month.
Sandra Ridley, winner of the Poetry NOW: 4th annual Battle of the Bards
“As every poet knows, it’s hard to get heard, at least initially, and the Battle of the Bards offered me that rare opportunity last year of a level playing field,” says Ayesha Chatterjee, one of last year’s participants. “It was exhilarating to be able to read to a new—and very knowledgeable—audience and to be in the company of such a wide range of talented poetic voices from across Canada.”
Interested poets must apply for a place in the event. The participants will be selected at random in advance, and invited to read for five minutes each. This year’s jury is made up of Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall and a guest judge to be announced March 5 along with the participants list.
The winner receives an ad for their book in NOW Magazine and an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 – November 3, 2013).
The submission deadline is February 28 at noon, so get on it! All the details here.