Date Added: 2005-02-16
Date Modified: 2005-03-13
Open Letter to Canadianistas
document 7 of 99
8 March 2005
An Open Letter to Canadianistas and other lovers of contemporary Canadian poetry...
You can see and hear my Poem for Peace in Two Voices and sixty translations on http://mytown.ca/poemforpeace/. We are now up to 99 translations, and still looking for more, if you have any suggestions!
Pendas Productions is a small publishing company that has happily relocated to London. Our niche is hand-bound poetry book and cd combos. Pendas Poets are reviewed here by Norla Antinoro.
The Pendas discussion list is available at Pendas Discussion and you can join in anytime.
"Pendas Publications are works of beauty. Edited with purpose and clarity, they are exquisite to hold and behold. The care taken to create the books speaks loudly of their soul life." Mary Hamilton, MEd, BodySoul Rhythms
"It is always exciting for poetry lovers when a new publisher emerges on the scene, and when the name Penn Kemp, a poet best known for her evocative, experimental sound work, is associated with that press, it is safe to assume that work that is both innovative and challenging is in the mix.
Certainly, more than a dozen new works offered up by Pendas in 2004 fulfill that assumption. Most of the books in Pendas' catalogue offer some visual treats and may be purchased as a book alone, as a compact disk or as a book/cd set.
Pendas Productions' Wizard of OZ, Gavin Stairs, who acts as designer, prepress technician, printer and binder, has long felt that poetry, unlike other genres, could benefit from the innovations of desktop printing. Pendas' aim is to use short print runs, both to meet demand and to keep initial costs to a minimum, while ensuring that titles stay in print for as long as possible. That kind of commitment is music to poetry lovers' ears."
RONNIE R. BROWN is an Ottawa freelance writer/broadcaster. This review in another form will appear in Canadian Bookseller: The Magazine of Book Retailing.
An interview with Penn is archived on Flaunting The Arts, Oct. 5, 2004: INTERVIEW
Some of you might wish to write on this work from Pendas Productions, or my own, see below. So much is up on mytown.ca that it is easy to find, and any of this work could be reviewed. We especially wanted to make the poetry available to students who might not be able to afford the books and CDs. If we can't travel any time soon, the work now can!! Please do send us any reviews.
BINDING TWINE with its intro: AT STAKE SIOLENCE: Essays on Women, Violence, and Silence.
"Siolence is a word coined by Penn Kemp to encapsulate the blending that so often occurs between violence and the silence enabling it."
Books and cds can be ordered from Pendas Productions.
Lovely to be in touch.
525 Canterbury Road, London ON N6G 2N5