Sharing Words

In 2015 Victoria-based poet Yvonne Blomer paid a visit to Whitehorse and did a reading of her poetry book, As If a Raven. In her poems she described various types of birds and also amused the audience by imitating the call of a peacock.

Blomer is returning this month and will read at the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, which takes place July 8 to 10.

She will again read poetry from her collection As If a Raven, and will also read some prose from her upcoming travel memoir, Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. The book will be coming out in the spring of 2017, published by Palimpsest Press based in Ontario.

Blomer’s current focus is on poems about women through history, changes that have slowly occurred and how they have influenced women living today, but also how much has stayed the same.

“I’m reading a lot of Virginia Woolf and books from her period, and interviewing present-day female writers and artists,” she says.

Blomer was born in Zimbabwe and came to Canada when she was two years old. She has published three collections of poetry and is serving as a Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria until December 2018.

Blomer says that she is happy to come back to the Yukon. This time she will bring her family with her and do a trip to the Arctic Circle.

“I am excited to come back,” she says. “We will take the ferry from Port Hardy to Skagway. My imagination is alive with anticipation at what wildlife we will see, and with how the landscape will shape the journey.”

Blomer says she found inspiration in the territory the last time she visited. She also enjoyed Whitehorse.

“It is such a funky, modern town with an interweaving of the past, the First Nations and gold rush days alongside the present with funky boutiques and vegetarian cafés.”

She loved walking for hours in deep snow with a friend and then spending as many hours in the hot spring with ravens overhead, eyeing them.

“I’m so looking forward to bringing my son and husband, to camping and exploring, to seeing friends again and experiencing the midnight sun,” she says.

The reading will take place on Saturday, July 9 at noon at St. Martin’s Anglican Church in Atlin, BC.

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