The cafe of the Black Cat, the famous Le Chat Noir of fin de siecle Paris, was the gathering place of bohemians, royalty and everyone in between – aristocrat to street walker. As well, the Black Cat was noted for its entertainment, innovation, and absinthe. It is the the author’s hope that some of that essence of the Black Cat can be found within these pages.
Welcome to Le Chat Noir. . . the place where Parisian artists and poets meet… again. Mr. Greenwood’s poems brings the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations of both art forms to the page with wit, wisdom and elan. An excellent and most welcome debut.
~ Richard Stevenson, Poet / Author
The poetry of Blaine Greenwood, as refined as it is intuitive, successfully melds the visual and the aural without wasting a single breath.
~ Phil Rice, poet and editor Canopic Jar
Black Cat in the Shadows is a page-turner. Absinthe colours the Art Nouveau Age in Paris and we accompany him through Le Chat Noir meeting artists, paintings and music coloured in absinthe. Black Cat in the Shadows took me in and held me there in one reading.
~ Joan Shillington
Blaine Greenwood, born in Viking Alberta 1951, is an educator by profession – with a career spanning from classroom teacher to museum educator and event planner. It is from this foundation that Blaine’s poetry has come to reflect his interest in psychology, history and spirituality. His verse has been described as “dark, homespun, sensual, rich with images.”
The title of Blaine’s first chapbook Walking Naked Down the Street describes the experience of a writer baring his soul to the public. A selection of his poems have been published in the Interpscan Journal (Canada), in Our Journey (Oregon, USA), and in Mudlark Press’ Rags: Journal of Creative Writing.
Blaine was one of the Coordinators of MOST VOCAL Poets Society. He is currently one of the artistic directors of Lotos Land spoken word / poetry venue at Fort Macleod Alberta’s South Country Fair and DJ for CKXU’s Not Your Mother’s Poetry.