Poetry. Shortlisted for three Manitoba Book Awards. During the heatwave of July 2017, Ariel Gordon spent two days sitting on the patio of downtown Winnipeg's Tallest Poppy, writing snippets of poems which she hung from the boulevard tree using paper and string. Passersby were invited to TreeTalk too—their secrets / one-liners / meditations / haiku were also hung from the tree. By the end of the weekend, the elm had a second temporary canopy of leaves: 234 poems. Gordon has assembled all these voices into a long/found poem that asks: what does it mean to live in the urban forest?
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Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Gordon also co-edited the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (Frontenac House, 2018) and is the ringleader of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project. She's also the author of Treed: Walking in Canada's Urban Forests (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019).Author City: WINNIPEG, MB CAN