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How to Get From A to B.

On November 12, 2023, I will be reading some of my latest poems in English and French as part of the National Public Readings (NPR) in Canada.

The word "beachhead" is one of the key words in this reading and I'm including a trailer of visual themes from the reading in the clip below.

I've often wondered in the past, when faced with daunting obstacles - "How to I get from A to B, when I don't have the means, the time, nor the inclination to do so - yet It has to be done?"

That's when the concept of beachhead came into play: if only there would be an opening, I could slowly build upon it.

Easier said than done. Life challenges are there for a reason - to teach us about our limits, our mortality, and our failures as human beings.

Yet, in situations where we cannot pick our battles, which may be forced upon us, we can take refuge on that imaginary water's edge and dig our heels in.

For me, navigating towards forbidding shores, meant closing my eyes and allowing myself to daydream...for a second or two.

How about you?


If you are interested in attending the poetry reading (15 mins), send me a message and I will be happy to reply with the Zoom details.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of NPR and the financial assistance provided by the Canada Council of the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.


Irina Moga is a Canadian writer and member of The Writers' Union of Canada.

She is the author of "Variations sans palais" (Éditions L'Harmattan, Paris, 2020) and the 2022 winner of the "Dina Sahayouni" international poetry prize.

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