Saturday November 3: 9:30 am - 10:50 am

“Bless thee, Bottom … Thou Art translated!”: A Workshop on Poetry Across the Disciplines with poet Amanda Jernigan and singer Daniel Cabena

Writer's Craft Class


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Robert Frost famously defined poetry as that which is lost in translation. But what happens when poetry is translated not between languages but from the page to the voice? Or from one voice to another? What is lost? What is gained? In this workshop we will experiment with these sorts of translation, passing our poems from one form into another, from one voice to another. (How do you hear your poem differently when you read it aloud? When someone else reads it aloud? When you imagine it’s in the voice of a queen, or a fool, or a tow-truck driver, or a unicorn …) We will talk about and experiment with contrafactum — the practice of devising new words for old tunes. Participants should come prepared with a poem by someone else that they would like to experiment with; they should also expect to do some writing of their own. Introduced by Barb Carter

  • Amanda Jernigan is the author of three collections of poetry—Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011), All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), and Years, Months, and Days (Biblioasis, 2018)—and of the chapbook The Temple (Baseline Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in journals in Canada and abroad, including Poetry, PN Review, The Walrus and The Nation; they have also been set to music, most recently by American composer Zachary Wadsworth. She is the editor of The Essential Richard Outram (Porcupine’s Quill, 2011) and, with Evan Jones, of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015). She is an essayist as well as a poet, and has written for the stage. Photo by John Haney.

  • Countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire. This season he has appeared with Edmonton Opera, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and next season will include performances with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Turning Point Ensemble. Daniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Doctorate of Music from l’Université de Montréal and a Masters in Specialized Early Music Performance from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.