Monday, April 17, 2017


Hamilton’s self-declared dubpoet laureate, Klyde Broox, has invited local poets - of all shapes and sizes - to declare their love of place with an innovative poetry smash - ODE TO MY POSTAL CODE.

I've contributed - insisting that Klyde 'stand and deliver'.  Here's a sample of Klyde's work, and my own submitted piece, about my studio place on Hamilton's beach strip:  L8H 6Y5. 

c. L8H 6Y5 Poem by M.L.Holton, (2017)

Spoken Word Dub Fest 
Hamilton Public Library 
55 York Blvd, downtown Hamilton
Happening: Friday, APRIL 28th, 2-4pm 

By the way, if swinging by, give a listen too, to my sesquicentennial tribute, CANADADA: TAKE TWO
Double the trouble - spoken word AND music! ;)

Plus, check out other MLH published poetry via the great Canpoetry website, hosted by the University of Toronto.

Poster by Klyde Broox - Poets in the Hammer  - (Guess who's got a finger in her eye? ... )
Post event: Klyde - in full force - at the Hamilton Public Library, video by Ute Schmid Jones.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Artist in their Studios: HAL, Spring, 2017

Cover of HAL, Spring, 2017
Delighted to discover that many local Golden Horseshoe artists, myself included, have been included in the latest issue of HAL: Hamilton Arts & Letters on-line magazine, in one of the photographic features, Portfolio II: Artists in their Studios by gifted Hamilton-based photographer, Jeff Tessier.

I was shot by Jeff mid-summer of 2015, on a very hot & humid day, in my lakeside studio on the Hamilton Beach Strip, on Lake Ontario. Not the most flattering portrait, but hey, as an image of an artist ''at work and play" it does dove-tail perfectly into the issue theme:  

- PLAY: Life as a Work of Art ... 

This issue is chock-o-block with tantalizing riffs on the above topic: including incisive reviews, of prose & poetry - as well as new poetry, fascinating video content and new photography by established and emerging personalities. Wonderful to read - and navigate - on-line. Check it out!

Margaret Lindsay Holton in her studio, Hamilton, 2015 by Jeff Tessier.