March 2: The mythology of objects and the high school biology of love

It’s part of the poet’s job to see our own nature in other things – animals, carpentry tools, high school science experiments.

They might even see divine ointment in a tube of grease.

Just don’t ask what one of them would do with an octopus.

Stephen Humphrey

Host Valentino Assenza introduces opening feature A.F. Moritz.

A.F. Moritz

A. F. Moritz says he still feels so close to the poems he wrote at 25 that he’s young again when he reads them. But then, time can be a fluid thing for someone who forgets to look at his watch.

Reality also is fluid for Moritz, in a poetic way. He likes to think his personal vison hasn’t fallen into the crusty ‘realism’ of maturity, where the hard world trumps imagination.

“True reality,” he says, “is a beautiful and remarkable thing.”


Adrienne Gruber

Adrienne Gruber‘s recently moved from Saskatchewan to Toronto, but maybe she came from the sea.

She began with insightful poems about high school and family moments. And then suddenly jumped off the deep end, scuba mask and all into a world of starfish, octopi and assorted underwater life.

She went on to explain which sea creatures make better boyfriends.


Asa Boxer

Asa Boxer,  it seems can find divinity in a shed full of tools and divine the human condition from a lobster boiling in a pot.

And what does the lobster in a pot see?

It sees God, of course.



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