Poetry Favorites: Marita Dachsel

Who is your favorite living poet?

Karen Solie 

Who is your favorite dead poet?

Robert Louis Stevenson 

What is your favorite poem of all time?

Autumnal by Louise Glück

Current book of poetry you can’t get out of your mind?

MxT by Sina Queyras and Jordan Abel's the place of scraps. 

Best live, or audio, poetry reading you can remember.

In 2010, Trisia Eddy and I co-curated an exhibit and reading on Visual Poetry for the Edmonton Poetry Festival. For the reading, we used a very loose definition of what could be considered visual poetry. Shawna LemayDerek BeaulieuDaniel Scott Tysdal, and Jolanta Lapiak were our readers/performers. Jolanta Lapiak is an Ameslan literary artist/performer and attracted a large deaf audience. She brought an ASL interpreter with her, whose performance of the readings of Lemay, Beauliey, and Tysdal was one of the most exhilarating and inspiring performances I have ever witnessed. And Lapiak's performance was pure art and incredibly moving--she had me rethinking what poetry can do, what performance means. That night was magic and will never leave me.


Marita Dachselis the author of Glossolalia (Anvil Press, 2013), Eliza Roxcy Snow (rednettle press, 2009), and All Things Said & Done (Caitlin Press, 2007). Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos Award, Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and the ReLit Prize, and has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Her play Initiation Trilogy was produced by Electric Company Theatre, featured at the 2012 Vancouver International Writers Festival. After many years in Vancouver and Edmonton, she and her family now live in Victoria. She occasionally blogs here: http://maritadachsel.blogspot.ca and you can find her on twitter @maritadachsel.