Copies of my first poetry book Tarnished Trophies arrived last Friday. The doorbell rang. I opened the door and on the step there they were: nicely stacked like flattened test tube babies in three boxes. Even the front cover image: Skater by Toronto artist Olena Kassian depicted a figure in a fetal position. Time for a celebration.
Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press 2014)
I had been waiting so long for this delivery: over three and a half years of hard labour. The mid-wife-middle-man-delivery-truck-driver didn't even want an autograph, I mean a signature. He left no instructions and there was no book tour manual in the boxes.
What does a first time author do? I grabbed my phone and made a few calls. Then I danced but not too long, preferring to conserve my energy for the days ahead.
Two days later, my book tour jitters began in Cobourg at The Ontario Poetry Society's Springtime Poetry Soiree. Below are some of the photo highlights:
What a special family....all these poet friends reading and supporting each other during The Ontario Poetry Society's Springtime Poetry Soiree, Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Cobourg.
John Di Leonardo
John Di Leonardo launches his chapbook "Book of Hours" (Beret Days Press, 2014)
Debbie Okun Hill
Debbie Okun Hill launches her book Tarnished Trophies (Black Moss Press, 2014)
Bob McKenzie launches two books "Songrise" (Dark Matter Press, 2014) and "Spirit Creek" (Dark Matter Press, 2014)