Three Poems | Midi Onodera

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In February during a special screening of Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive, featuring The Displaced View and Ronna Bloom’s video, I Feel Hopeful about the Future, Midi Onodera had the opportunity to chat with Ronna about her work and her current poetry. She was struck by the power of Ronna’s video and her understated yet effective performance on camera. Onodera encouraged her to consider a redux version of the video, 26 years after the original. Although this hasn’t yet happened the two women did manage to come up with something else.

In August they finally had a chance to meet and share some ideas and thoughts about their work. Ronna mentioned that she had a book launch coming up in September and Onodera offered to create a few small videos based on some of her poetry. Here are the results.

Ronna’s collection of poetry, **Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement,** is published by Pedlar Press and is available through or your local independent bookseller.


2012 Shortlist – Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Literary Awards
Atlantic Poetry Prize Shortlist:
Sue Goyette, outskirts, Brick Books
Warren Heiti, Hydrologos, Pedlar Press
Anne Simpson, Is, McClelland & Stewart
Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Ficiton Prize Shortlist:
Valerie Compton, Tide Road, Goose Lane Editions
Heather Jessup, The Lightning Field, Gaspereau Press
David Adams Richards, Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, Doubleday Canada
Evelyn Richardson Memorial Non-Fiction Award Shortlist:
Chris Benjamin, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, Nimbus Publishing
Ray MacLeod, Hope For Wildlife: True Stories of Animal Rescue, Nimbus Publishing
Harry Thurston, The Atlantic Coast:  A Natural History, Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation