3 Poets in Not A Muse Anthology
Poets Reading at 66 King East - July 2009

A unique anthology of poetry, Not A Muse, made its Canadian debut recently with a glittering launch in Toronto, bringing together the poetry of over a 100 women from 24 different countries, including Lebanon, Wales, India, Egypt and Guam, its themes ranging from Creator, Freedom Fighter, Lover, Myth Maker, Aging, reflecting the inner lives of women. Described by its Indonesian publisher as "seeing life through a woman's eyes", Not A Muse also includes the work of Cobourg poet Deborah Panko, who will be reading from it at the monthly public readings of the Cobourg Poetry Workshop on Thursday evening July 16 at Meet At 66 King Street East at 7.00pm.

"The idea behind such a book was compelling for me." says Ms. Panko, whose writing is highly regarded at the Workshop. "However one defines freedom of expression, or the horrific limitations of freedom for so many women around the world, a book such as this is more necessary now than it has ever been. So, when I heard of the call for submissions, I submitted the maximum of three poems and they were accepted. It's very rewarding to be able to share the thoughts and writings of women on similar themes from around the world"

Joining Ms. Panko at the reading are Toronto poets Donna Langevin and Kate Marshall Flaherty whose work is also included in Not A Muse. "I knew one of the editors, Kate Rogers, who now lives in Hong Kong, from a creative writing class at York University 20 years ago." said Ms. Langevin, a retired English As Second Language teacher. "We became great friends and have edited each others' poems and issued writing challenges to each other over the years." Ms. Langevin will also be reading some of her poems from Not A Muse, as well as work from her forthcoming chapbook, The Middle-aged Man in the Sea. Of Langevin, Ms. Panko says, "Her poetry is lyrical and lovely in its images, especially of the Canadian landscape."

"It sounded intriguing to have an anthology of women's poetry from around the globe." adds Kate Marshall Flaherty, a yoga and meditation teacher. "So I promptly sent in some poems I thought would give a variety of images of women in my life and history." Not A Muse also includes poems by Canadian poets Margaret Atwood and Lorna Crozier. With three books of poetry already published, Ms. Flaherty will also be reading from a fourth, scheduled for publication this fall, Commonality of Light.

Also making its Cobourg debut at the Workshop readings will be Ms. Panko's recently published first book of poetry, Somewhat Elsewhere, a volume of powerful and evocative poems demonstrating her caring for humanity and the world around her. There is no admission charge to the Cobourg Poetry Workshop readings.