Core Samples Launch!

A heartfelt THANKS to everyone who joined us for the launch of Core Samples: Poems from Northwestern Ontario on Wednesday 11th May 2011 7 pm at the Prince Arthur Hotel

If you missed us, don't despair. Books are still available. Check out our page on purchasing Core Samples. Also, please meander through our blog to find out more about our poetry group, Para-Tactics, and our first collaborative
book, Core Samples.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

With Thoughts of Christmas...

For unique and personal gifts this Christmas, consider giving copies of Core Samples: Poems from Northwestern Ontario. Books can be purchased through any of the poets directly (see page on this blog or e-mail us at ) or from Chapters and Coles in Thunder Bay or on-line through Chapters . Happy (and simple) gift giving!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Random Acts of Poetry

Mary & Sue participated in Random Acts of Poetry sponsored by Definitely Superior Art Gallery throughout the city of Thunder Bay last week. Thanks to all those who cheered us on, listened quietly or held our words in their minds and hearts. We hope we inspired you to share your own words with the world. We were on LU Radio and covered by CBC Radio.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Books For Sale!

On Saturday 27th August, Sue will be selling copies of Core Samples at the Westfort Village Street Fair. Drop by, say hi, buy a book to enjoy after the fair! She'd love to see you!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Reading at Rosslyn Community Centre

Looking forward to reading at the library at Rosslyn Community Centre tomorrow afternoon. :-)

Thursday, 16 June 2011

A Timely Poem From Core Samples

Father’s Day Gifts

My father grabs an umbrella
and races out the door:
a gesture as spontaneous
as the sudden squall.
Down his long driveway,
pelting rain darkening his shirt,
to reach a woman dog-walking,
defenceless against the downpour.
He hands her the closed umbrella
then returns to the house, drenched.
Water drips down his face, off his arms,
as he goes upstairs to dry and change.

I present him with a store-bought gift
but its significance has washed away.

~ Sue Blott

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Looking forward

After May's excitement (the launch, Mary's first book Straightlines being nominated to represent our region in the CBC Cross Country Bookshelf and the annual NOWW awards in which Sue won 3rd prize for poetry), we're heading into June by focusing on getting our books into stores and by beginning our regular poetry meetings again. 

Our regular meetings are monthly and involve critiquing each other's work. We haven't had one of these for months and months due to the demands of the book but we miss these meetings. They remain the backbone of our group. Who knows, the poems we critique in June may be ones you read some place another anthology perhaps?

Happy summer reading! (and critiquing for us!)

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Core Samples & Beyond!

Mary reading her poems at the launch
Some bits & pieces about some of our Core Samples poets: visit to vote for Mary's first book of poetry Straightlines to represent our region in the Cross-Country Bookshelf. Sue won 3rd prize in the poetry division of NOWW's annual contest last night at the Literary Awards Party for a trio of poems judged by poet Ann Compton. In an interesting twist, one of the poems in the winning trio was a Core Samples reject! Also, at the awards, it was wonderful to see people carrying (and delving into!) copies of Core Samples. Your support is very much appreciated! Thank you!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


People people everywhere! We had to add more chairs for the launch!
Books for sale! Come & get 'em!
Phew! Just back home after the launch and it was humbling, overwhelming and thrilling! A wonderful turn out. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see and hear us and wish us well. To those who bought books, we do hope you'll enjoy them. May our poems resonate within your hearts. Let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you. And, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so very much.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Radio interview & launch!

Finally the launch is only 24 hours away! Also, tomorrow at 4pm, Sharon and Sue will be doing a LIVE interview on CBC One's Voyage North with Cathy Alex. It promises to be an exciting day!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011


The books have arrived! The books have arrived! Safe & dry in Sharon's garage...does one belong to YOU?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Approving the Proofs

Yesterday we finished approving the proofs and are now eagerly awaiting our book's arrival and prepping for our launch where we hope to see you:

Wednesday 11th May 7pm
Prince Arthur Hotel
Dawson Room
Readings, book signings & food!
Special launch price of $15:00 per book!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Poetry Magic

After a poetry meeting,
a plastic bag snagged on winter branches
is a white crane amongst bulrushes.

                                             ~ Sue Blott