Kelowna poet to bring art to B.C. commuter’s daily lives

Michael V. Smith’s poem honouring his friend will be printed onto transit cards

Local poet, Michael V. Smith will be featured as an artist in the Poetry in Transit collection this year.

The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia partners with TransLink and B.C. Transit each year to produce a collection of poetry car cards featuring the work of B.C. authors and Canadian-published poets. The campaign brings a little bit of art into British Columbian’s commutes.

A poem of particular meaning to Smith was chosen to be featured, “Prayer for a Wig: in memory of Elise Partridge” where he honours the late poet and author.

“She passed a couple of years ago and the poem is about her cancer wig— it’s a really sweet poem, a little but funny and a little sad,” Smith said of the 14 lines.

RELATED: Kelowna poet releases her first book of poems

“It’s really exciting and flattering, it sure makes you feel seen in the world. The amazing thing is there are thousands and thousands of people reading poems that they wouldn’t have read on their own. It’s a nice way of bringing that form of art into every day lives.”

His collection of poetry, ‘Bad Ideas’ will be featured on the transit cards as well. The book is a unique capsule of dream interpretations he had his friends and family record when they woke up. Smith then took their recordings and reworked them into poems that he says challenged him to work outside of his regular phrasing and with language he was unfamiliar with.

RELATED: B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

“It was thrilling because people bring different language, everyone has their own way of expressing themselves, a different rhythm in their language than I’m used to. Working with symbolism, working with dreams —getting lovely images loaded with meanings outside of your own experience in some way working with non-fiction and poetry.”

The collection took its own form and was left untouched for more than ten years before being released to the world.

“You have to sit on it and come back and tinker. They (poems) work better as work machines if you let them sit for a while because they reveal themselves to you slowly. You can make a better word machine if you let it rest.”

For more information about Smith visit his website.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@sydneyrmorton
sydney.morton@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Mix of sun and cloud for the Okanagan-Similkameen Shuswap

Chance of showers for much of the region this afternoon

Lakestone community unveiled in Lake Country

Mayor Baker, MLA Norm Letnick and MP Stephen Fuhr joined in the ceremonial opening

Okanagan-Shuswap Weather: Summer sun for Sunday

The forecast for the week ahead shows some rain but plenty of sun and warm tempertures.

Update: Structure fire reported in Kelowna industrial area put out

A structure fire was reported just after 3:30 p.m. off Sexsmith Road

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Donkeys await your hugs and scritches at anniversary event

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge invites public to help celebrate 20 years of care.

CDART trains North Okanagan volunteers

Regional group looking to form to help animals in cases of emergencies and disasters

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Water quality makes swimming unsafe at three beaches near Salmon Arm

The Adams Lake Indian Band has issued a water qulity notice affecting beaches at three campgrounds.

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Second osprey chick dies, Okanagan web cam off

The second chick in an osprey nest featured on the Town of Osoyoos website has died

Most Read