Northern Poetry Review and Paul Simon
Northern Poetry Review, the relatively young online home for reviews of poetry books, articles, and interviews, with an emphasis on the Canadian poetry scene has been updated. There's an essay on Cape Breton poet, Don Domanski by David O'Meara, a review of the new book of poetry by Mark Haddon (of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fame), and an interview with David Hickey by Ian LeTourneau.
I braved the rain last night and joined the masses on Ste. Catherine Street to see the Paul Simon tribute concert. I arrived a little after ten, missing Leonard Cohen's recorded reading of The Sound of Silence but just in time to hear Elvis Costello's rendition of Peace Like a River. I stayed till the end and enjoyed the whole show but the definite highlights for me were Sam Roberts singing You Can Call Me Al, Zachary Richard's haunting Bridge over Troubled Water, and Daniel Lanois' wailing guitar on his version of The Sound of Silence.
Many people in the crowd were hoping that Paul Simon would make a cameo appearance but sadly he didn't. Thought, those lucky enough to have gotten tickets to the sold out show at Place des Arts will get the chance to see him perform tonight. If you're one of those in attendance, let me know how the concert is.