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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The new edition of the Maple Tree Literary Supplement is just out and I am suprised to find out that I am the focus of the current editorial by Amateritsero Ede. Ama had been inspired by our photo shoot as to write about how he sees "the similarity of craft between photography and writing".

Precision was what the professional photographer demanded. He drove around seeking that elusive balance of light and shade to aid his craft. For some time he perambulated, stopped, hesitated, changed his mind; then one final foray towards a completely different part of the city before he finally found a good spot where the mixture of air, light, shadow and space was perfect. One was struck by the truth of the anonymous truism that "finding the right syntax for a poem" is like "like finding the right light before you take a photograph." Therein lies the intersection between one art and the other.

Read the rest online here:

Here is one more from that shoot with Ama. Serious Ama. I assure you, he does smile as you will see in a forthcoming photo from a reading he gave at Carleton University yesterday.


Ama reads from his new book Wed., September 16, 2009 at 6:30pm
Where? A Different Booklist
746 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON (Canada)
*also featuring author George Elliott Clarke
Hosted by Tom Howell, poetry correspondent & producer of
CBC's Radio Literary Program "The Next Chapter."


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