bill bissett and Susan Musgrave at the Vancouver International Poetry FestivalApril 8, 2011
Two legendary BC poets put on a show together. bill bissett and Susan Musgrave present their poems, which have influenced generations of West Coast poets with the independent spirit of their rule-bending poetic approaches.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
$10 | Buy Tickets
Forget what you learned about spelling and grammar, in fact chop it to pieces and push it down the garburator because there’s no room for rules when bill bissett hits the stage. A university drop-out, runaway and internationally acclaimed poet, bissett refutes conventional interpretations of language, creating a unique style of concrete poetry based in phonetics and barren grammatical states. West Coast based, bissett is more literary wizard than traditional poet, and was honored for his endeavors in 2007, when he became one of a distinguished many to receive the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to literature in British Columbia.
Publisher of 20 books, Susan Musgrave promises to offer an equally thrilling poetic performance alongside bissett. With a life that reads like a piece of fiction itself, Musgrave is a runaway, a drop-out, a drug smuggler’s divorcee, wife to a bandit, mother of two and finally, a poet. This wild sea-witch of the West Coast has been short listed four times for the Governor Generals Award, and is a winner of the National Magazine Award as well as the R.P. Adams Award for Short Fiction and b.p. nichol Poetry Chapbook Award.