Red Tree Poetry At The Abbey!

Red Tree Poetry Returns

Saturday, October 20th 4 p.m. at The Abbey in Cumberland, featuring flora, fauna, & h. sapiens, a collection of poetry by authors, Pat Smekal and Ian Cognitō and also featuring some of their new work.

This collection first came together as a series of performance sets by Pat and Ian, in which they sought to encapsulate their observations of nature and human nature, especially the places where the line begins to blur a bit. The poems are presented in their original face-off, dueling-poet format – a submission from one of the poets followed by a corresponding poem from the other. Pat or Ian take the lead in each of the four sets in this compilation with 5 poem proposals, followed in direct sequence by their partner’s respective responses.

Pat and Ian both value accessibility and humour in their words and performances, and there is a strong consensus that they have a achieved these things in this collection. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Pat and Ian have been performing snippets from their collaborations and their book, flora, fauna, & h. sapiens, at various Vancouver Island venues.

From the Foreword:

‘flora, fauna and h. sapiens’ by Pat Smekal and Ian Cognitō is a romp, a ramble and a jog down the many paths where poetry leads us. But more importantly, it’s a dialogue between a pair of imaginative minds. The confluence of these two strong voices produces remarkable and startling results.

Andrew Brown, Author of: ‘Crow’s First Word’ (2007); ‘The Stone Inside a Man’s Heart’ (2013); and ‘Shadow Road’ (2016), Gravity Press, Vancouver, B.C.

Pat Smekal is a writer from Nanoose Bay, who fills her time with family, friends, yoga, hiking, travel, and as much laughter as she can muster. Pat’s poetry has been winning prizes since 2003 and has been published widely in Canada and the U.K in over 40 anthologies, chapbooks, and magazines. In 2009, her chapbook, Praise without Mortar, appeared in print. Then Small Corners was published in 2012, followed by a collaboration of poems with David Fraser, entitled Maybe We Could Dance in 2013. Pat has recently worked on another collaboration with Ian Cognitō to capture their performance set, flora, fauna, and h. sapiens, in print.

Ian Cognitō is a writer from Yellowpoint BC. He is the founder and artistic director of 15 Minutes of Infamy, a monthly word-craft cabaret in Nanaimo, as well as assistant director of the Wordstorm Society of the Arts. Recently, Ian published flora, fauna, and h. sapiens with co-author, Pat Smekal, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on Animusings, his first solo project. Ian also likes to write short fiction and has an extensive portfolio of self-penned children’s fiction written in verse. His other incarnations have included language instructor, child and youth care worker, education assistant, and theatrical clown (in no particular order).

The Red Tree poetry series resumes! Join us October 20, 2018, 4 p.m. at The Abbey. Doors open at 3:30. Go to the First Street door, just up from Dunsmuir.

About Adelia MacWilliam

Adelia MacWilliam is a Co-Founder of the Cascadia Poetics LAB, based in Cumberland, BC. She earned her M.F.A. from U Vic in 2018, studying with Tim Lilburn.
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