Calgary schoolteacher and award-winning poet Paul Zits recently joined CKUA’s Grant Stovel on Alberta Morning to share a pair of short poems from his new book, I Wish I Could Be Peter Falk.
The book is an interrogation and critique of societal mores surrounding masculinity. It’s also really funny! Which is kind of a new colour in Paul’s palette, as he’s often been known for material that strays toward darker colours.
Paul caught up with Grant from his temporary adopted home in Cairo. He talked about being inspired to branch off in bold new directions in writing this new book, about what brings him to Egypt, and the power that poetry can wield from the margins: