11 April 2005

Tomorrow, the Tour Begins


Well, the last tracks are being laid, and the train approaches. Tomorrow is the big day! We have three morning performances scheduled for the Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. Dave (my brother, who is making the documentary film about the Tour) was here in Vancouver this weekend while I jetted off to North Carolina; and he has collected the gorgeous Tour Brochures the Dominion Institute has sent us. (Also the page proofs of my young adult novel, The Roman Conspiracy -- it never rains but it pours, as they say in Vancouver quite often.)

UNC Chapel Hill is beautiful; and Classics is flourishing there. It was a wonderful conference, and my paper had to keep pace with a great number of quality presentations by archaeologists and philologists alike; my hosts, Sean and Amanda, were extremely welcoming. But I ended up flying eighth class both ways -- a category reserved for those people who sit in the single seat immediately in front of the emergency exit above the wing. What can I say? My mouse booked the seat online; my spine did not.

Today we are tying up loose ends; and preparing for the solemn ceremony of heading down to English Bay to scoop up a bottle of Pacific water, which I will eventually (inshallah) dump into the Atlantic. I did the reverse on Rhapsodic Tour 2000 -- discovering that seawater has a fairly short shelflife, in terms of smell. But how's an Ontario lad to know that?

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you going to recite the whole poem for schools? If you're not doing the whole thing, which parts?

Also -- how long is the whole poem, and have you ever recited it? How long did that take?

Beth D said...

I am from Mulgrave School and we look forward to seeing you tommorow. I have been reading up on you and the battle the poem is about and I am very interested.

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Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm a student that goes to Mulgrave. And I just want to say that I am so excited to see you perform for us tommorow. I hope that you'll have fun reading us your beautiful poem. See you tommorow,

Mulgrave student Eric.R

Sarah L said...

Hello

I am looking forward to your visit and performance at Mulgrave (I am a student there grade 6).

Sarah L (Mulgrave School Student)

Kimbo said...

Hi, I'm Kimberley and I am from Mulgrave school.I will be looking forward to seeing tomorrow. Our class has been looking at the website about the poem. Again I am am very excited in seeing u tomorrow.

Hollis S. said...

Hi, I am from Mulgrave school, I can't wait until you get here! I am so excited to here all about the poems that you write. We have all been looking this website and we are looking at the blog and writing these comments!

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Elise N said...

Hi

I'm really looking forward to your visit tomorrow (at Mulgrave). Your poems seem really interesting. See you tomorrow!

A 6O student

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Anonymous said...

I am from mulgrave school. My name is Mackenzie C . You are visiting my school you will have a lot a fun. I have been reading some of the things you have writen it is very interesting. I am looking forward to seeing you tommorow
bye

Puppylover10000 said...

Hi, I am a student at mulgrave and I am really excited that you are coming to our school. I love poems and sometimes I even write my own. I can not wait until tomorow!

puppylover1000

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Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a kid at Mulgrave School, i'll see u tomorrow in our class. i'm looking forward to ur visit tomorrow. I hope u'll read ur poem to r class.

shanelle said...

April 11th 2005

Hello my name is Shanelle and i am a student at Mulgrave school.I will be looking forward in meeting you tomorrow.

Jacqui G said...

Hello

I am a grade 6 student at Mulgrave school. I am really looking forward to your visit\recital tomorrow! I really like your poems.

BYE!!!
J.P.G.

Jacqui said...

Hi!
Yesterday you performed for our school. I really liked your poem! I liked it when you used your hand and your stick.
I found the map you drew for us very interesting. I enjoyed learning about the battle and the opposing sides.
Good Luck on your tour!!!

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.

Anonymous said...

April 13, 2005
The Plains of Abraham


The Plains of Abraham was a very beautiful poem about Montcalm and Wolfw who were leaders in a Canadian war. They both died in it which is very rare. Jack Mitchell is a really brave guy by going on when he stumbles a bit. Jack Mitchell has come across Canada once to do another one of his poems even though he was born in New Brunswick. He is currently living in California.

Jack Mitchell has had a thing for peotry since he was sixteen. His favourite poet being the great Greek Homer. In this poem Jack also talks about the Iroquois and how they lived near Ontario and came up all the way to Manitoba and that is where one of the greatest fights began!

My favourite thing about Mr. Jack Mitchell is that he is very good at saying what truly happened but in a smooth, poetic voice. The thing I look up the most is that he carries on when he stumbles and doesn't let that get in the way of anything! Jack Mitchell is doing a very kind thing by making the show free and also that he is doing a show in the poorest part of town so homeless people can come and watch along with the many other viewers to watch this special event.