The SpokenWeb Podcast

Audio of the Month - Then and Now

Episode Summary

This month our spokenweb minisode features canadian poet Daphne Marlatt reading "Lagoon" from Vancouver Poems (1972), a deeply local collection that she had not yet published when this reading took place at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal. When listening to Marlatt reading “Lagoon,” we can hear the many futures of her listening, then and now.

Episode Notes

Marlatt tells the audience that she will explain the local references as she goes along, starting with the first poem that refers to Lost Lagoon in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. What she could not have anticipated is that the poems would become pathways to revisit the city when republishing many of them years later in Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now (2013).

Listen to the full recording of Daphne Marlatt's 1970 reading at SGWU here:


Each month on alternate fortnights (that's every second week following the monthly spokenweb podcast episode) - join Hannah McGregor, and minisode host and curator Katherine McLeod for SpokenWeb's Audio of Month mini series.

An extension of Katherine's audio-of-the-week series at, Katherine brings her favorite audio each month to the spokenweb podcast - so if you love what you hear, make sure to head over to for more.

Produced by: Katherine McLeod, Hannah McGregor, Stacey Copeland.