Sean Howard and Basma Kavanagh will be launching their new collections of poetry at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, on Friday, October 12, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Admission free; everyone is warmly invited to join the authors for short readings from the new works, discussion, and light refreshments. Sean’s Ghost Estates (Gaspereau Press), his fourth book of poetry, was born of notes scrawled during a lunchtime lecture on ‘Orpheus in Ireland, Seamus Heaney and the Poet’s Task, and Other Matters’. Subtitled ‘a snakeskin seminar,’ the poems track a weave of theme and image back to the underworld of myth and magic, ‘snakes’ banished (so we reason) from our ghostly ‘High Estate’. Basma’s Ruba’iyat for the Time of Apricots (Frontenac House Press), her third book of poetry, comprises three interwoven threads: Ahli, an auto/biographical thread about her Lebanese heritage; Astura, a grim tale linking climate change and the oppression of women, and Ana, a reflection on identity, language, and writing. Written in quatrains, called ruba’iyat in Arabic, from the word for “four”, the repetition of phrases across stanzas, and the studding of the text with Arabic words, combine to create a layered, incantatory quality evoking the complexity of Arabic oral poetry.

Location: 
Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, B3H 4P7.
Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 
Sean Howard: 902-733-2918; sean_howard@cbu.ca