The Balderdash Reading Series, organized by English and Film Studies PhD candidate, Sanchari Sur, held its second event for the fall at the Robert Langen Art Gallery on October 26, 2017.
Pasha Malla, Laurier’s Writer-in-Residence for fall, read an amusing extract from Fugue States in which the narrator describes an attempt at skiing with homemade skis and boots. We are left hanging, wondering if the boots stayed on the intrepid skier.
Jagtar Kaur Atwal, from Cambridge, read an autobiographical poem about the difficulty of speaking in an alien tongue: “Writing has been like walking in knee-deep mud for my fear of rejection.” She finds strength in another kind of voice, a silenced one.
Tanis MacDonald read from a recent issue of Arc Magazine and poems yet unpublished. She shared her poem outlining a professor’s thoughts while invigilating an exam. Apparently, MacDonald has reflected on birds, especially finches, while students are writing their exams.
Canisia Lubrin read from Voodoo Hypothesis and reminds us that “black isn’t always a void.” Meditating on the many recent hurricanes that have hit the Caribbean, Lubrin writes, “We return to burn or bury what we have lost…” when nature swallows “things many times the size of our earth.”
A great event with talented voices…
Balderdash Reading Series runs with the generous support of the Graduate Student Association. It holds monthly readings with new and established writers, often featuring works by writers published in the New Quarterly.
Story by Eleanor Ty
Photos by Darin White