The Impact of the 2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference Lingers On…

Last year, the Ontario Writers’ Conference presented their Cornerstone Award to The Griffin Trust for excellence in poetry. Internationally acclaimed writer Carolyn Forché was on hand to accept the award and delighted conference participants with a reading.

Patrick Meade was in attendance and remembers it well:

“It was quite inspiring to hear Carolyn Forche at the 2011 Ontario Writers’ Conference. It was even more inspiring to watch her present. With vivid imagery and evocative weaving, the  audience was taken, as if by ship, through the waters of her stirring poem. And like an ocean pressing her tides upon a waiting beach, the waves were wonderful. The delivery … sublime. I was captured by Carolyn’s presence and delivery. This poem came from that evening, which speaks about her offering to all of us; and going beyond our own boundaries.”



by Patrick Meade

At the mountain she stands
Calls you away
With song in her eyes
A wish in her bones
Magma rises
From deep in the bosom
Sweeps the valley
In evening tones
At the shoreline
The lava surrenders
Wanders deep
Into a vast sea

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