Best Bets: Canadian poet to visit Village Books


Gary Geddes, Village Books, Bellingham

"What Does a House Want?" affirms Gary Geddes's place as one of the premier Canadian poets of his generation.


"What Does a House Want?" affirms Gary Geddes's place as one of the premier Canadian poets of his generation. He talks about his writing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Equally at home with the lyric and the long poem, Geddes brings his "deadly accuracy in language and form" and his no-holds-barred style to bear on multinationals, Israeli-Palestinian violence, the guilt of Leon Trotsky, POWs, assassins, mad-bombers, China's bloody Emperor Qin Shihuang, and the reputation of Ezra Pound.

"Sandra Lee Scheuer," a lyric on the Kent State killings, has been described as "the kind of poem most poets wait a lifetime for;" and The Terracotta Army, an award-winning sequence on politics and art, insists on the marriage of story and song, embracing narrative, yet achieving a rare and luminous lyric intensity.

Geddes has written and edited more than forty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, criticism, translation, and anthologies, and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from Chile, which was awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti, and Mario Benedetti.

When not serving as Distinguished Professor at Western Washington University or Visiting Writer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he resides on Thetis Island, British Columbia.


The Bellingham Music Club hosts a free recital at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., featuring recent award-winners, including Nicholas Bussard High School Award winners: first place, Alexander Harris, bassoon, who will play Mozart; second place, Adam Billings, oboe, playing Britten; third place, Shae Wirth, French horn, playing Mozart; plus Alex Mumford, oboe, playing Haydn.

The Ethel Crook High School Award winners are first place, Hannah Schoepe, violin, playing Bruch; second place, Ian Aegerter, violin, performing Mozart and tie for third place: Maya Enstad, cello, playing Shostakovich and Hannie McGarity, violin, playing Barber.

Details: 360-671-0252.

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