In a few days, I will head off for readings at festivals in the UK with poets ...
the chorus of mosquitoes there benevolent, their hum telling of sorrow overcome by good I ...
Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report is a book of artistic power and accomplishment, wisdom, and pleasure. ...
Still longing though long gone for the health of all forests and cities and one day ...
The images and words, lying scattered, hear the line’s mute shape and come dancing to ...
Last year, Prism International published a selection from my interview with James Wood regarding my ...
A person is a vow, a promise he makes to himself and others, a faithfulness ...
And yet it was this sense of poetry as a type of thinking that drew ...
In a few days, I will head off for readings at festivals in the UK with poets Catherine Graham, Ian Burgham, Jeanette Lynes, Giovanna Riccio, and George Elliot Clarke. The readings are sponsored by the Centre for Creative Learning in Kingston, Ontario, and organized by the CCL and by Ian Burgham. Burgham was the initiator of this UK tour […]
the chorus of mosquitoes there benevolent, their hum telling of sorrow overcome by good I am thrilled to have two new poems included in The High Window, Issue 6, Summer 2017 : The Dearest Freshness, and Origin of the Image. You can read them here alongside the work of several other poets. This summer, the High Window’s featured poet is Richard […]
Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report is a book of artistic power and accomplishment, wisdom, and pleasure. Among its many dimensions, both of form and of subject matter, a notable one is its many wonderful developments of the theme, “Out of certain mud, we rose” (“The Arrow”): aspiration surviving and blossoming in the all-too-human facts of damage, […]
Still longing though long gone for the health of all forests and cities and one day to visit them… My poem, “You That I Loved,” from The Sentinel, has been reprinted in UofTMagazine’s Spring 2017 issue as part of their celebration of National Poetry Month in Canada. Also included in this edition are poets George Elliott […]
The images and words, lying scattered, hear the line’s mute shape and come dancing to make up a body for it, visible and solid. I have a new poem in The Yale Review. “The Rhythm of Time” appears in the April 2017 issue [Vol. 5, No.2]. You can access “The Rhythm of Time” and the rest of the […]
Last year, Prism International published a selection from my interview with James Wood regarding my most recent book of poems, Sequence. Below, you will find a transcript of that interview in its entirety. Sequence : An Extended Interview with James Wood JWW: What inspired the writing of Sequence? AFM: I think that primarily it came […]
On May 6, 2017, I will lead the West End Poetry Workshop at the Long Branch Toronto Public Library in Etobicoke. Curated by poet and writer Mercedes Killeen, the West End Poetry Workshop Series consists of a reading, a talk, and a poetry workshop led by a visiting artist. I look forward to reading some […]
A person is a vow, a promise he makes to himself and others, a faithfulness to a love, and not in the sense that we usually give to making a vow, but in the sense of a decision which is an orientation of the total self. CNQ, Canadian Notes and Queries, has published Evan Jones’ one-on-one […]
Join me in celebrating the launch of The Best Canadian POETRY 2016 next Wednesday, November 30th, at the Harbourfront Centre. I will read alongside a host of poets whose work appears in the ninth edition of this now-classic anthology from Tightrope books. Readers include: Dani Couture, Lynn Crosbie, Helen Humphreys, Laurie D. Graham, Steve McOrmond, […]
I will be reading with poet and playwright, Donna Langevin and poet and memoirist, Ariane Blackman at the Art Bar on Tuesday, October 25 at 8:00pm. The Art Bar is Canada’s longest running poetry-only weekly reading series. The show has recently relocated to the Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto. Come for the readings! And, stay […]
And yet it was this sense of poetry as a type of thinking that drew me to A Houseboat on the Styx and solidified my decision to devote the bulk of my literary activities to poetry. It seemed necessary to disavow all that my early life had been built on, but I had an awareness that doing […]
Join me on Saturday, October 15 for the launch of Ruth Pierson’s Untranslatable Thought [Anstruther Press, 2016] at the Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto [401 Richmond, West, Suite 128, just east of Spadina]. The event begins at 2:00pm. The launch will be followed by an ekphrastic poetry reading featuring several poets, including Pierson, Richard Greene, Phoebe Wang, and myself. The Gallery will be […]
In July, I attended a conference at UC Berkeley dedicated to the life’s work of Jacques Ellul, the French philosopher, sociologist, law professor, lay theologian, and Christian Anarchist. The conference took place from July 6 to 8, 2016 at the Faculty Club on the Berkeley campus. Entitled Politics without Illusion, Revolution without Violence, the 3-day event […]
The High Window is a new quarterly review of poetry co-founded by David Cooke and Anthony Costello. It publishes poetry in English from poets in the UK and around the world. In addition, each issue contains an editorial, a literary essay, poems in translation, poetry reviews, and an occasional feature. I am pleased to have […]
Great News! To celebrate National Poetry Month, Anansi is offering 25% off of almost all of their poetry titles this April. Among these, you’ll find my own Sequence, The New Measures, The Sentinel, and Night Street Repairs. Look, there’s The Sentinel in Anansi’s recent Instagram post: Why not take a second and check out Anansi’s Poetry Sale?
This week, PRISM magazine published a conversation I had with James Wood, entitled: “In poetry, what is learned is of the blood”: An Interview with Award-Winning Poet A.F. Moritz.” Here’s a sampling of the questions Wood asked me: What inspired the writing of your most recent collection, Sequence (House of Anansi, 2015)? How do you see the new book’s relationship […]
Last Fall, I had the pleasure of reading at the Resonance Series in Montreal. Klara Du Plessis has curated the monthly readings at Resonance since 2013. When putting together a night, she aims to pair young, upcoming and established writers, and to complement poetry with prose. Not bound by style, all text-based projects of quality are welcome. […]
In 2012, I delivered the Anne Szumigalski lecture of the League of Canadian Poets. This talk, now an essay, “A Garden Is Not a Place: Poetry and Beauty,” has just become available in the new book, Measures of Astonishment: Poets on Poetry, published by the League of Canadian Poets in conjunction with the University of […]
This Wednesday, March 23, at 8pm, I’ll be reading at the Pivot Reading Series along with fellow writers Tajja Isen, Alessandro Porco and Daniel Kincade Renton. Pivot, hosted by poet Jacob McArthur Mooney, runs every other Wednesday at 8pm at The Steady Café in Toronto. The series features both established and emerging writers from across Canada. You can learn […]
Authentic, lived experience is the means by which humanity can heal ‘the rift/between aspiration, delusion and your body’: the physical world manifests the spiritual and enables humans to ‘produce your own style or faith.’ The Toronto novelist, poet and critic, James W. Wood has reviewed my book, Sequence, for Stand magazine, a co-production of the […]
As part of Brick Books’ ongoing Celebration of Poetry, Elena Wolff has written about my book, Sequence. In reading Sequence I feel myself brought into an ongoing conversation—deep and old, yet new and ever-present. Immediate and accessible, yet challenging too. It resists interpretation, provokes interpretation, and personalization. I am drawn to locating myself within the […]
Flowers? Check. Chocolate? Check. Poetry? House of Anansi’s got you covered. Their collection of Special Edition Poetry, which includes my own Sequence, will make the perfect gift for your Valentine. Each limited-edition hardcover book included in the collection was printed and bound at Coach House on bpNichol Lane in Toronto, in a limited edition of only 50 printings each. […]
The result is a long poem that at different times appears modern and ancient, common and rare, solitary and communal. The effect works beautifully. What makes it so engaging? The answer seems to rest in a series of risky stylistic choices made by the author. As I said before, the reviews for Sequence are pouring […]
Events and moments slip the bonds of chronology to find connection, or sequence, through their common essence.. The reviews for my book, Sequence, are starting to pour in. Take a look at Alison Goodwin’s review on ARC Poetry Magazine’s website: Alison Goodwin, The Search for Wonder, A.F. Moritz’s Sequence. [I’ve also posted a link to […]
… Star systems were conceived and died in the silences between each two. New Poetry published a new poem of mine today. It’s called “The Clock.” I hope you’ll read it and enjoy it! Then, […]
I am excited to be a part of the launch of The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 at the International Festival of Authors. This event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on October 30th on the Lakeside Terrace at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This year’s Best Canadian Poetry 2015 in English was edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney […]
I have an essay and two poems in the October 2015 edition of The Volta online. This edition was edited and introduced by Johanna Skibsrud and John Melillo. Do read their fantastic introduction, The Art of Losing, and have a look around at the full complement of this month’s writers. Here’s a link to my […]
As part of my visit to Montreal next week, I will be delivering a lecture on the campus of McGill University entitled The Sequential Poem: Formal and Philosophical Dimensions. This lecture, which is sponsored by McGill University and the Canada Council via the Writers’ Union of Canada, will take place on Tuesday, October 13, at […]
On Tuesday, October 13, I will do a solo reading in Montréal at the Résonance Reading Series. This event features my new book, Sequence, and begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Résonance Café, 5175 Avenue du Parc. Call 514-360-9629 for more information.
Along with fellow poet Jenny Sampirisi, I will be a featured reader at the first Fall 2015 installment of Toronto’s Hot-Sauced Words reading series. When? This Monday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. Where? C’est What! Say What? James Dewar’s Hot-Sauced Words series has a new home: C’est What, 67 Front St. East (at Church St.) a popular resto-bar and […]
I’ll be one of the readers at the High Park Reading Festival on Sunday, September 27, in Toronto. This event will run from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at High Park’s picnic site #19, located just south of the Grenadier Restaurant, across Colbourne Lodge Road. Each of the approximately 20 poets will read for about 5 minutes. […]
On Wednesday, September 23, at The Small Music Centre, 108 Shaw St., Studio 101, Toronto, M6J 2W5, I will be participating in the launch of Jeff Bien’s new book of poems, In a Time of No Song. I wrote the introduction to this book for Jeff and for the publisher, Exile Editions. The doors for this event […]
I will be reading from my new book, Sequence, at the Tree Reading Series in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 8. The reading begins at 8:00pm, but there is a publishing workshop with Avonlea Fotheringham at 6:45 if you’d like to arrive early. Both the workshop and the reading take place at Black Squirrel Books, 1073 […]
On Tuesday, July 7, I will read with other contributors at the Toronto launch of Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry, edited by Amanda Jernigan and Evan Jones, and recently published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd. The free event will be held at 6:00 p.m. at No One Writes To The Colonel, 460 College St., […]
On Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Toronto’s Northern District Library, I will be reading from my new book, Sequence, along with fellow poets Ian Burgham (Midnight, Quattro Books), Chris Chambers (Thrillows & Despairos, Wolsak & Wynn) and Catherine Graham (Her Red Hair Rises With the Wings of Insects, Wolsak & Wynn). Orchardviewers June […]
Words & Music is an hour-long weekly program on WMNR radio in which Will Duchon reads poems and pairs them with music he feels reflects the soul and energy of each poem. On Friday, May 22, Duchon featured my poem, “Better Days,” from The Sentinel, on the show, following it up by some “Reflections” by Duke Ellington. The […]
On Sunday, May 24, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, I will be reading with Catherine Graham and Ian Burgham at the Windup Bird Café [382 College Street, Toronto]. At this celebration of all things Scottish, all three poets will be reading work inspired by Scotland or written by Scottish poets. Preceding the readings, the café will […]
Along with fellow Anansi poets Erin Mouré and Karen Solie, I took part in a special Poetry Month Q&A for Open Book Toronto. You can find that interview here: Poetry Month Special: Talking with Anansi Poets A.F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie.
I’ll be reading with Patrick Friesen and Stan Rogal at the Art Bar Poetry Series next Tuesday, April 28, 8pm, at the Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth in Toronto. Come one, come all!
As part of their celebration of National Poetry Month, CBC Books hosted a “Quickie Couplet Contest” on April 7th. Followers on Twitter and Facebook were invited to complete couplets whose first lines were provided by eleven Canadian poets. I was lucky enough to be one of those eleven poets. Here’s my couplet! How would you […]