New Brunswick Southern Railway, off Hawthorne Street south of Queen Street West, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, February 3rd, 2008. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden – Four More Excerpts in The Nashwaak Review

Fredericton’s St. Thomas University’s The Nashwaak Review, in its Summer/Fall 2016 issue, has published four more poems from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, completed in Edmonton in 2015, and which is the second book of three of the poetic sequence on ethical considerations. The sequence begins with Caravaggio’s Dagger (completed Vancouver, 2005), and will conclude…

Classical Fandango – Soler and Scarlatti

Padre Antonio Soler (1729-1783) was a Catalan composer, theoretician, organist, harpsichordist, priest, and maestro de capilla, first at Lérida Cathedral, and in 1752 at the Spanish royal monastery, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, where he studied with the Neapolitan composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), who was also in the royal service as its music…

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…