For this Virtual Ghost Reading, we will collectively listen to excerpts from the recording of Canadian poet Margaret Avison’s reading from her book The Winter Sun, and we will listen on the same day that the reading took place in Montreal on Wednesday January 27, 1967.
This Audio of the Week features Margaret Avison reading “Thaw” on Friday January 27, 1967, at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). “Thaw” is a poem that feels right for this spring day – when patches of snow are melting beside tulip buds sprouting up from the ground. But, this year, the arrival of spring feels bittersweet. At the time when we are usually released from the solitude of winter, we have been forced into self-isolation by the spread of the virus COVID-19. For now, we stay at home and stay apart.