Core Samples Launch!

A heartfelt THANKS to everyone who joined us for the launch of Core Samples: Poems from Northwestern Ontario on Wednesday 11th May 2011 7 pm at the Prince Arthur Hotel

If you missed us, don't despair. Books are still available. Check out our page on purchasing Core Samples. Also, please meander through our blog to find out more about our poetry group, Para-Tactics, and our first collaborative
book, Core Samples.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Book Market & Launch!

Sue will be at the launch of Definitely Superior's Anthology  'Fuel' on Friday 21st February 2014 from 7 - 9 pm selling copies of 'Core Samples--Poems from Northwestern Ontario'. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

With Thoughts of Christmas...

For unique and personal gifts this Christmas, consider giving copies of Core Samples: Poems from Northwestern Ontario. Books can be purchased through any of the poets directly (see page on this blog or e-mail us at ) or from Chapters and Coles in Thunder Bay or on-line through Chapters . Happy (and simple) gift giving!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Random Acts of Poetry

Mary & Sue participated in Random Acts of Poetry sponsored by Definitely Superior Art Gallery throughout the city of Thunder Bay last week. Thanks to all those who cheered us on, listened quietly or held our words in their minds and hearts. We hope we inspired you to share your own words with the world. We were on LU Radio and covered by CBC Radio.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Books For Sale!

On Saturday 27th August, Sue will be selling copies of Core Samples at the Westfort Village Street Fair. Drop by, say hi, buy a book to enjoy after the fair! She'd love to see you!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Reading at Rosslyn Community Centre

Looking forward to reading at the library at Rosslyn Community Centre tomorrow afternoon. :-)

Thursday, 16 June 2011

A Timely Poem From Core Samples

Father’s Day Gifts

My father grabs an umbrella
and races out the door:
a gesture as spontaneous
as the sudden squall.
Down his long driveway,
pelting rain darkening his shirt,
to reach a woman dog-walking,
defenceless against the downpour.
He hands her the closed umbrella
then returns to the house, drenched.
Water drips down his face, off his arms,
as he goes upstairs to dry and change.

I present him with a store-bought gift
but its significance has washed away.

~ Sue Blott

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Looking forward

After May's excitement (the launch, Mary's first book Straightlines being nominated to represent our region in the CBC Cross Country Bookshelf and the annual NOWW awards in which Sue won 3rd prize for poetry), we're heading into June by focusing on getting our books into stores and by beginning our regular poetry meetings again. 

Our regular meetings are monthly and involve critiquing each other's work. We haven't had one of these for months and months due to the demands of the book but we miss these meetings. They remain the backbone of our group. Who knows, the poems we critique in June may be ones you read some place another anthology perhaps?

Happy summer reading! (and critiquing for us!)