Calgary’s Poet Laureate and a certified poetry fanatic, Micheline Maylor teaches creative writing, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and composition at Mount Royal University where she won the Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. Her newest collection, Little Wildheart, was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry and deals with the question: What does it mean to be human?
Micheline was asked to respond to what she heard in the morning sessions and created a poem as she listened.
What will the City Bring for you, Paulo Coelho?
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.”
Suppose, the backstage is a hush, a tremble of tutus on point,
the house lights dim, the dancers wait in a gaggle.
Outside the whole world blurs grey, this way until April,
and maybe not the cruelest month. No colour save for Nenshi’s shoelaces,
and a burst of pink and sparkle inside a dark theatre…
Read Micheline’s entire poem on Medium and let’s continue the conversation.
About the Creative Calgary Congress
Calgary Arts Development produced the first Arts Champions Congress in 2011 as a meeting place for people who make Calgary’s arts sector a vibrant and exciting place to work and our city a great place to live.
Renamed the Creative Calgary Congress in 2014, it returned on November 22, 2016 as a place to share ideas and explore ways that the arts and artists can play a leadership role in making Calgary a more curious, compassionate and creative place for all citizens.