The Power and Politics issue, Rhubarb #34, has two basic parts: power-and-politics-related writing and the winners of Rhubarb’s taboo literary contests of last year, and an excerpt from Armin Wiebe’s play “Wine and Little Breads,” which was the winning entry in the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre One-Act Playwriting Contest, judged by leading Canadian playwrights Maureen Hunter and Patrick Friesen. MORE>
Anne, in her late sixties; she speaks only through the messages she leaves on her answering machine which end with the familiar ‘beep.’
Anne’s son, and only child, Matthew, late-30’s
Their Neighbour, Mrs. Elsie Hildebrandt, nearing ninety, has a thick German accent; used to live next door to Anne, now in personal care home
The Friend – Anne’s lifelong friend, she is also in her late sixties
Additional voices (as described) are messages left ‘after the beep’ at the radio station call-in show.
“Who gives a shit about Arc? It’s where poetry goes to die,” said Dr. Alex Porco at Writing North 4.
I occasionally go to writing workshops and presentations by established writers. In part, this is to keep informed about what’s happening in my local writing community, and in part it’s because this is my field of interest and I usually come out of these experiences with some new thoughts about writing and about how I can be a better editor. I rarely come away with a single quote like Dr. Porco’s above that sticks with me for longer than a few days, and I’ve never engaged in such debate with fellow attendees over a speaker’s opinions as I did after Writing North 4. In this regard, Dr. Porco’s presentation was a greater success than any other workshop I’ve attended.