Saturday, 22 March 2014


Ottawa poet/artist Dennis Tourbin  passed away at the age of 51. A chapbook of his poems, entitled, The Stream and Other Poems, was recently published by rob mclennan, in which we find two long poems and one shorter one, truly worth the read. Dennis' poems flow like water, and move through the spaces of reflection like dreams. His death is a sad loss to poetry.    /ez

"Dennis Tourbin painted words in vivid colours and referred to his paintings as visual poetry. He explored the area between painting and literature and moved the word beyond the printed page."

"There was the
constant beat
of water hitting
the street and
the drone of
traffic. The
sound became,
how do I describe
it. The sound
became so
I could see
the sound."

(above/ground press, 2014)   

Friday, 7 March 2014

Vallum's poetry contest is now open!


Deadline to submit: July 15, 2014

online at: or by mail.
This year's judge: George Elliott Clarke

More details:

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Next Vallum Theme: SPEED


Announcing Vallum’s next theme: “Speed.”
We often wonder what the world would be like if it wasn’t in such a rush. Speed is the defining aspect of the contemporary world. Time slips by at an unprecedented rate. How (why) is the world ruled by speed? How much faster can we go? How much speed can humans sustain?

For detailed guidelines

Deadline: April 20, 2014