Poets Corner Reading Series

This Week’s One Minute Poem: Excerpt from Kim Trainor’s “Tardigrade”

In this week’s One Minute Poem, Kim Trainor presents an excerpt from her poetry film “Tardigrade” (2021).

Soundtrack by musician Hazel Fairbairn. You can find Kim’s excerpt on our YouTube channel, as well as on all of our social media platforms.

By kind permission of the poet.Kim Trainor is the granddaughter of an Irish banjo player and a Polish faller who worked in logging camps around Port Alberni in the 1930’s. Her book-length poem, Ledi (Book*hug, 2018), was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. Bluegrass will appear with Icehouse in 2022. Her poetry films, created with musician Hazel Fairbairn, screened at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in 2020 and will appear at the 9th International Film Festival in Athens in 2021. Ledi will also be performed live as part of the “Assemble” exhibit at the New Media Gallery in New Westminster in the fall of 2021. Recent poems have appeared in Otoliths, Fire Season, Ecocene, Anthropocenes, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. Kim teaches in the English Department at Douglas College, where she chairs the faculty association’s Climate Emergency Action Committee. She lives in Vancouver, unceded homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.