Anti-Ode to Ottawa Spring (Text by Ottawa Poet Laureate Deanna Young)

Deanna Young composed and read this ‘anti-ode’ on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan. It repurposes the weather report for Ottawa on April 9, 2019, a day of snow and freezing rain. I asked her if she would like to collaborate by turning her text into a giant tarpaulin-based artwork:


Dread at times Heavy

mixed with despair, changing
to disillusionment this
afternoon. risk of despondency
late this morning. Denial
and desperation amount 5
to 10 cm. disenchantmenT
Northeast 20 km/h gusting
to 40. ALL HOPE fallinG
to minus 1 overnight.
Acceptance minus 7
by morning. VEXATION
IndEx 6 or hIgh.

Anti-Ode to Ottawa Spring, 2019, dollar store letters on tarpaulin, with Deanna Young.