I read Leanne Averbach’s first book Fever three years ago.  It was one of those amazing finds in a sale bin at Toronto Women’s Bookstore.  The name attracted me first.  Once reading the personal poems inside I new the book was worth more than $2.99.  “Steal!” I thought to myself.  

Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Leanne read her poetry at Toronto’s Art Bar Poetry Series held at Clinton’s Tavern. “Read The Funeral,” I yelled.  

“You know The Funeral?” said Leanne into the mic.  

Poets are often amazed that people buy and read their books let alone know the names of their poems.

Leanne kindly signed my book and gave me a huge “thank you” for taking the time to read her work and for coming out and support her reading.

Leanne to took the time to read a poem from her new collection Come Closer for blackcoffeepoet.com last November.  


Tune into Black Coffee Poet Monday January 24, 2010 for a review of The Best of Etta James.


About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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