|Barry Dempster reads. © SB|
|Don Kerr explains the finer points of poetry © SB|
|Tracy Hamon welcomes the readers,|
colloquium participants and guests. © SB
The evening was hosted by Regina poet Tracy Hamon, the current president of the board of the Sage Hill Writing Experience, with support from Fionncara MacEoin, Sage Hill program assistant.
I confess to feeling some degree of regret... or longing... if not (surely not) envy, listening to the readings and audience chatter afterwards. I was at Sage Hill (though not the Colloquium) several years ago. That was a very good experience. But more: Barry Dempster, this year's instructor, is a talented poet and a generous editor, and everyone seemed so energized and happy, writing reams and having fun...
When I mentioned my conflicting emotions to one participant, perhaps she thought I was implying it was all a two-week holiday, because she responded: "It's work!"
"I know!" I said. "But it's the right kind of work."
And that, we both agreed on.
A note on these images: Yes, I continuing my journey to learn Photoshop. These started with the desaturated portrait look from Scott Kelby's "Photoshop CS4: Down and Dirty Tricks." However, my tiny camera is somewhat deficient under low light conditions , and as a result there was a lot of digital noise on these images. After trying to clean it, I decided to embrace the speckles and posterize the pictures. (The pre-posterized images are in my Facebook album.)