my mom writes poetry / come up to my room @ the gladstone

Today has been great: I’m nearly done the first chapter of my thesis, I already handed off my intro for scrutiny, and I had a great meeting with Esscain, who tossed me a bunch of books he edited under the implosion imprint with Insomniac Press. Very fucking cool. I’m feeling really focused and on top of things, which is always nice.

I also had dinner with my Mom, who – get this – showed me some poetry she has been writing. YEAH, MY MOM – THE STRICTLY TRADITIONAL 50-YEAR-OLD PORTUGUESE IMMIGRANT ROMAN CATHOLIC WHO HAS NEVER BEFORE EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN POETRY. It happened, apparently. The weirdest part: It’s really good! It was beautiful and heartfelt, describing her recent move, turning 50, reviewing her life and the people she loves, and her relation to God. I was moved to tears after reading it. I really couldn’t help it. She just calls them journal entries but they were amazingly poetic and raw. I never would have expected that out of her, but people are full of surprises. After her hard life raising us kids alone, it was amazing to see how resilient and good-natured her spirit still is. We were watching coverage of the recent disasters in Haiti on CBC and she said she doesn’t understand why surrounding countries won’t just take in all of the Haitians as refugees and help them rebuild, so the children don’t have to “see all of the destruction”. If all politicians had the heart of my mother, the world would be a much better place.

I also just received a press release about this. I’m definitely going. From the Gladstone Hotel:

For all of our art and design savvy friends out there we’ve brought back the alternative design event for it’s 7th year!  Be a part of the dialogue of design and art and engage with immersive and thought provoking spaces.

CUTMR 2010

COME UP TO MY ROOM is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting design shows in Toronto.  The four-day curated event is in its seventh year at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring 11 room and 14 public space installations.  CUTMR is a part of the inaugural 2010 Toronto International Design Festival.

One Comment

  1. Riaz wrote:

    Lovely entry.

    Your mom is an awesome woman. My mom has been writing poetry as well.

    It’s weird and super cool to have moments where you realize that parents are human (go figure). People who have creative energy, thoughts, needs, wants and opinions. They have things to say other than, “have you eaten today?!” “are you sure you’ve eaten?!” “what did you eat?!” and my personal favourite, “I can tell by the sound of your voice that you haven’t eaten.”…..WHAT???….haha.

    Glad to see that your day was so positive.


    On that note, I’m heading to bed.