Fireweed (Courtesy: Banff Sunshine Meadows)

The Construction of Things – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:3

“The Construction of Things” is the first of the four poems that comprise “Dispossession,” the sequence that opens part one of Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, “The Covenant of Mortal Dreams.” The theme of the poem is the destruction of environment. It is published in the University of New Brunswick’s The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 243, 45 (2010).…

Peace River, 99th Street, 16 December 2011 (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Shostakovich, Poetry, and the Borodin Quartet – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden III:II:7

My poem with images on the fifteen string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich has now appeared in the final issue, the 167th, of Toronto’s Descant, an issue likely to become a collector’s item. There may be a few left on bookstore shelves. The poem, titled “Shostakovich in Peace River,” concludes “The Underside of Time,” which is…

Syncrude Plant, Fort McMurray 13 May 2011 (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Oil, Gas, and the Relentless Decline of Community – andrea bennett – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:4

andrea bennett’s poem You can put your fingers on the feelings appeared in the same Canadian Literature 216 issue as my poem Chrysoglott. I am reminded of this coincidence after reading her article Boom, in the March 2015 issue of The Walrus, on oil and gas in Fort Nelson in northern British Columbia. In the…

Dialogues des Carmelites (Courtesy: broadwayworld.com)

Francis Poulenc – Dialogues des Carmélites (1956) – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden IV:II

Poulenc’s extraordinary opera is a study of the moral courage of decision within the increasingly inescapable social context of a chosen theological dialectic. The concluding scene begins with a searing orchestral invocation that introduces the 14 executions by guillotine. The final few bars hark back to the opening music of the opera, and complete the…