Tuesday, October 4th, 7pm – 8:30pm @ 211 King Street, London.
Christine Thorpe, a native of Penticton, BC, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Carleton University. Before settling on English Literature as a field of study, she studied biology, followed by mathematics and computer science. Since moving to London, she has joined the organizing committee of Poetry London and retired from the workaday life. Thorpe’s books include A Rind of Sun and Tendered Arms (both collaborations with her partner, James Wood), as well as, most recently, the chapbook Survival Strategies.
Tendered Arms (Manifold Books, 2011) is addressed to “those who feel in each bright stream, the pull of an underground river.” Willing readers are drawn from personal crossroads into subtly strange lands where skies may truly be falling, where anger’s either flaming or repressed, violence covert or confessed. Here one encounters a poet adept at forensic arts, a girl styled in ferocity and a Vespa-riding demon, as well as chorusing coyotes, mendacious mothers and the “god of a certain blue.” Christine Thorpe and James Wood, accomplished in their respective crafts, manage a synergy in which Thorpe’s elegant poetry is both leavened and deepened by Wood’s fine drawings. Together they are indeed “blessed with balance.”
Thorpe was the featured reader at the London Open Mic Poetry Night on March 6, 2013. On the London Open Mic Poetry website, you can read an interview with Thorpe and eight of her poems, including four from Tendered Arms.
Brittany Renaud recently graduated from Western University with her Honours Bachelor of Art and hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in the next year. Renaud has published poetry in Occasus and the anthology Another London, and she aspires to write poetry and prose that is both accessible and thought-provoking. She’s currently working on a collection of poetry about Algonquin Park and family.