Poetry comes alive with VPL’s Dead Poets Reading Series

Courier Staff - Vancouver Courier


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Local poetry lovers revisit the works of some of the world’s most interesting poets. (Photograph By DEAD POETS READING SERIES)

Does poetry get better with time, or does time get better with poetry?

This Sunday, join Courier staffer Kelsey Klassen, poet/author Rob Taylor, fiction writer Cynthia Flood and environmental activist Bethany Hindmarsh as they read a selection of poems from their favourite deceased poets.

A recurring collaboration between the Vancouver Public Library and the Dead Poets Reading Series, series organizers are quick to point out on their website that by “dead poet” they mean “non-living poet,” not “character from that Robin Williams movie.”

The format is simple: Each speaker has 15 minutes to explain why they chose their poet, and then read their picks of that poet’s work.

The free readings take place from 3-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of every odd-numbered month (i.e. January, March, May, etc.), and are run out of the Vancouver Library’s Central Branch downtown Vancouver. There’s an intermission and, as one might expect, “good conversation to boot.”

Dead Poets Reading Series
Source: Dead Poets Reading Series

Past readings have run the gamut of well known poets such as Sylvia Plath to Viking-era artists like Egill Skallagrímsson.

This next reading will take place Jan. 14 in the Alice MacKay Room, which is located one floor below the entry concourse (see map), featuring:

• Richard Brautigan (1935 – 1984), read by Kelsey Klassen
• Don Coles (1927 – 2017), read by Rob Taylor
• Czes?aw Mi?osz (1911 – 2004), read by Bethany Hindmarsh
• Helene Rosenthal (1922 – 2010), read by Cynthia Flood

Who said poetry was dead?

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