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August 2012- Archives

Literary Triathlon: And the gold medal goes to...

Judge Bruce Dowbiggin has tallied up his scores and awarded the coveted gold medal. Who is Canada's foremost Literary Triathlete?...

Literary Triathlon: Meet the winner

We talk to Nisha Coleman, the winner of the Literary Triathlon, about her greatest challenge in the competition and the one race we've all won....

By Deborah Whelan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Deborah Whelan of Islington, NL. Poetry: Life Running OutOver in a minute, dear, she saysBlue bunnies on her uniformShe holds my hand He vacuums between my legsHe’s fast, dear, it’ll take no time at allyou can leave, forget about itleave it all behind you.A vortex...

By Ali Bryan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Ali Bryan of Calgary, AB.Poetry: First PlacePlastic motorcycletop of hilltiny pilotandrogynousdirt-dusted cheekshands puffylike half baked doughgripping the handlebars Down hilleyes closedfeet kicked to the sidefront wheel wobblingpast the sewer grate finish lineAn audiencehouse catsbees First place...

By Paddy Scott

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Paddy Scott of Trenton, ON.Poetry: Who made me?a question met with universal shrugsbecause some small nameless handis my creatorbroken bent aged beyond its yearsfingers dart beneath the needleto sew my threadsnothing like the god that labels methe fleetest device for the...

By Tammy Isfeld-Petrone

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Tammy Isfeld-Petrone of Port Alberni, British Columbia. Poetry: Zero MississippisMom! Ready?Count how manyMississippis.Set! GO!How many?Seven Mississippis.Count again.Ready? GO!How many?Three Mississippis.Again.Did I beat me?One Mississippi.No. You can't gofaster than one.No one can runzero Mississippis....

The Literary Triathlon is now closed

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Canada Writes Literary Triathlon. Here are some details for those of you who made it to the finish line and are waiting breathlessly for the results:...

By Graeme Stewart

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Graeme Stewart of Waterloo, ON.Poetry: Against the ClockTime is running outFeign left, pivot rightReflex or thought?Don’t think, do Time is bountifulMisstep, compensatePush through, freeInto space Time is irrelevantFocusReleaseFinish...

By Trish Barnes

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Trish Branes of Cranbrook, BC. Poetry: Lucky isAh, to wend our wayin this lifeis how we tend to wishour days would pass.Or, failing this,we yearn for one, unboundedday, as big and broadas our ambitions.But life has anotherrhythm.Its hours roar past.We may marvel at the slide....

By Travis McLean

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Travis McLean of Burnaby, BC. Poetry: The RelayFour becomes three becomes two;I am one, waiting.Her speed comes ferocious,Reaches with an anchor’s weight.The baton dangles listlessly,Fumbles, falls; rolls askew.Silent wisps like a falling flag,Her hand is there to catch me, pull me in.Two becomes three becomes four,...

By Donna Fawcett

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Donna Fawcett of St. Marys, ON. Poetry: Air whips at sweat soaked skin.Lungs heave like bellows.Muscles scream with each command to contractThen contract again.Driven; the ribbon in sight.Air whips at sweat soaked skin.Push harder.Feel the adrenaline.Another push of determination.The sidelines blur.The sweat pours.The race is done....

By Jeff George

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Jeff George of Tofino, BC Poetry: How Fast?I travelled lightand I moved fast,from Winnipeg to Georgia Strait then over to Kootenay Lake,while you raced from India,(kissing Ontario good-bye) to meet me and make me yoursFelt like it took half a life-timebut we crossed the linein fifty...