Caitlin Press, 2019
Through poems that celebrate the overlooked beauty in the everyday or that mourn human incursions upon the natural world, Fiona Tinwei Lam weaves polythematic threads into a shimmering tapestry. Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things, this wide-ranging and diverse collection contains poems that range from the lyric to the concrete/visual while confronting the pressing environmental issues of our time. Ardent, despairing, playful or political, Lam brings an eloquent tenderness to her depictions of our flawed but glorious world.
- Review in SAD Magazine by Emily Chou, July 2020
- Quoted with All Lit Up, Sept 26/19 about the inspiration of Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things and the epigraph that opens the collection
- North by Northwest, CBC Radio interview (Feb 9/20) with Sheryl MacKay (55:10 mark)
- 12 or 20 questions blog interview with rob mclennan
- Page Fright Literary Podcast with Andrew French about Odes & Laments, Nov 6/19
- Wax Poetic Interview with RC Weslowski and Lucia Misch, October 9/19 CFRO 100.5 FM
- “Ode to Chopsticks” video recording for Poets’ Corner Reading Series 2020
- “Sea Star” and “Ode to a Crow” from the collection appear in Cascadia
- “Lemon,” an ekphrastic poem in Eclectica based on a Mary Pratt painting
- “Chopsticks“, selected by the League of Canadian Poets for its 2019 Poem in Your Pocket Program celebrating National Poetry Month
- Plasticnic, a recent video poem based on a poem in the collection about plastic pollution has been selected for screening at festivals Athens, Greece; US (Houston,TX, Trenton, NJ, Detroit); and with other curated video poems (Nov 19-Mar/20) on The Wrong Biennale of Digital Art and Culture online and Seattle’s Cadence Festival 2020:
- “Plasticpoems”, a new video poem based on another poem in the collection about plastic pollution screened in 2019 at Seattle’s Cadence Video Poetry Festival and at the Experimental Film and Music Video Festival in Toronto Oct/19.
Photograph by Rebecca Blissett (Renfrew Ravine)