SAFE VEHICLES FOR A DYING PLANET
I'm so pleased with how this chapbook turned out: the poems feel right, and the book itself looks just great.
I'm especially happy, too, that we were able to use one of my daughter's paintings on the cover. She's everywhere present in the poems, so it only makes sense that her own creativity should be featured here so prominently.
I should say: the title of this chapbook sounds like an environmental missive of sorts, and in some ways I suppose that it is, but what I was really thinking about is that scene near the start of Superman where the planet Krypton is about to explode, and so Superman's parents put him in an escape pod that rockets him to safety. That scene didn't mean much to me before I had kids, but now I think about it all the time.
THE ARTFUL ASTRONOMY OF L.M. MONTGOMERY
The Artful Astronomy of L.M. Montgomery is an interactive display that enables readers to explore L.M.M.'s fascination with astronomy and the night sky.
What I loved about this project is that it gave me the chance to combine my research interests with things like photography, illustration, and animation. Interactivity was also entirely new to me at the time, and while there were definitely a few late nights, I had a great time figuring it all out.
Justin Putney at Ajar Productions was good enough to put together this short video of the project, which provides a great overview of the kinds of things that I was trying to accomplish. If you'd like to read more about the workings of the display itself, this blog post may help. And if you still have questions about adding interactivity to a public humanities project, please don't hesitate to reach out.
I've always been fascinated by Hubble Telescope imagery, and so I couldn't pass up the chance to explore its influence on contemporary Canadian poetry. John Smith's wonderful poem "The World: A Hypothesis" gave me the entry point I needed, and so I was able to write this article for Canadian Poetry that considers, among other things, the relationship between fireflies and distant galaxies.
Hats off to Tom Hodd, who made this special issue on the poetry of Atlantic Canada possible.
THE BEAUTIFUL SCRIPT
P.K. Page is easily one of my favourite poets. And because I have a mild obsession with all things celestial, I took great pleasure in writing this article about the place of the night sky in her poetry.
Thanks Emily Ballantyne, Emily Essert, and Michèle Rackham Hall for their encouraging feedback, and for doing such a good job of bringing the issue together.
NEVER MIND THE STREETS OF PARIS
In 2010, I had the opportunity to edit a special issue of Canadian Notes & Queries on the life and poetry of John Smith. The issue is, unfortunately, no longer online, but my introductory essay is still available here.
FOOTNOTE TO THE BOOK OF MOONLIGHT