Category Archives: Family Matters

IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO TODAY

TUMOUR IN THE FOURTH VENTRICLE  For Theo Suspended, slung in mid-air for surgery, son, you are alive, a metal halo, screwed into your skull to still your head. The swaggering neurosurgeon cuts out a circle of your skull, pulls it out like plug to reach your brain. The careful knives know where they have to

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Life Experience in Literature by Barbara Nickel for Abbotsford Workshop

Hi Victor, These are interesting questions, thanks for thinking of me re: some of the poems from Domain.  One of the first things that comes to mind are words from Margaret Avison (a big influence for me) in the Foreword to Always Now (first volume of her Collected Poems). Avison tells of her grade nine teacher

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AGE OF HOPE (by D.Bergen) for Abbotsford Workshop

Hi David,   I’m off in a week,  second stop in Abbotsford where I am  doing a workshop called “Writing poetry and fiction about family matters,” on the 29th, Sunday morning. I have started gathering comments about two aspects of what is of most interest, to me  at least … Even in writing fiction most writers

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To whom does the story belong?

by Bruce Hiebert Ph.D. Does the story belong to the story-teller or to those who seem identified in the story? The academic view is that the work belongs to the story-teller, not to those identified. There is no need to consult with or respect the desires or well-being of those who might see themselves as

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MURMUR for Abbotsford by Erin Moure

To DM, SH, and others it may concern: This is a complex poem whose socio-political implications deserve deciphering ____________________________________________ * What the murmur is singing is that the capitalist system, based as it is on individualism and individual greed, separating human beings stinks.** **Note to people who have difficulty laughing at themselves: the above note

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DETACHMENT (Part one) for Abbotsford Workshop

Comments by Maurice Meirau RE: Truth in memoir, fiction, poetry – writing about family matters ‘There is no such thing as the unvarnished truth. In any narrative form, including non-fiction, as soon as you begin to select facts and story-lines,

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DETACHMENT for ABBOTSFORD WORKSHOP

VICTOR ENNS Re: Writing about people you know Maurice,  as I’m working on my Abbotsford workshop, one of my questions I want to leave with the participants …is so ok,  you are using people from your life as characters whether truth or fiction, they may be recognized. Like in Detachment. Did Betsy read Detachment before

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WORKSHOP SEPTEMBER 29

WRITING POETRY AND FICTION ABOUT FAMILY MATTERS Facilitated by Victor Enns VICTOR’S BOOKS OF INTEREST FOR WORKSHOP 10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 29, 2019 Please register at the Clearbrook Public Library

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Passages

The Winnipeg Free Press and the New York Times have initiated major overhauls of their obituary pages, featuring someone less known form their archives in the case of the NYT, and a feature of someone from Manitoba that has died recently, but deserves to be recognized more thoroughly in the Free Press on the cover

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PASSAGES

Having played Simon Stimson in our high school production of Our Town, it seemed fitting to become the choir director of the Glenlea Mennonite Church, pictured here. While this white clapboard structure wasn’t that different from most prairie churches, I always appreciated the windows you could look through, and as the sages say, they were

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