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Butterfly Tongue

“I came from the foundry with silver dollars in my eyes
and made for perdition like a northbound train on a southbound track…”

Thus begins Butterfly Tongue, Owen Sound, Ontario’s Poet Laureate Richard-Yves Sitoski’s one-person show, which features Sitoski’s original artwork and songs by Deep Blue Honey arranged and interpreted by David Hawkins and Louise Jarvis with the Assembled Angels ensemble. 

This story of doomed love is at once wrenching yet full of dry humour, as the tough narrator's defences get broken down and his hard-boiled comments get replaced by sublime pathos. (The show contains a content warning for alcohol and drug use, as well as overdose death, which are all alluded to but never described.)

The show will be performed at the Grey Roots Museum and Archives auditorium Thursday, June 8 2023 at 19:00 and on Saturday, June 10 at 14:00. A performance is planned for the Collingwood Porchside Festival in July.

BREAKING NEWS! Tickets for the Owen Sound performances are available now from Ticketpro! Go HERE to purchase tickets. Email/phone tickets only for now.

Poems in Response to Peril

Canadian poets Penn Kemp and Richard-Yves Sitoski have co-edited Poems in Response to Peril, an anthology which brings together 61 poems by 48 of Canada’s most prominent poets in response to the current crisis in Ukraine and other perils afflicting our troubled times. Profits from the book will be directed toward PEN Ukraine’s efforts to provide the Ukrainian cultural community with evacuation and resettlement help.

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A poem is not a mirror

but a stone in hand


to be flung at one

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