“Poetry is in a state of emergency in this country,” says Tourette. “Within popular culture, it’s almost invisible. There is some great writing out there, but there aren’t three poets in the country who don’t have other jobs to support themselves. We want to do whatever it takes to change that, and if it means driving 15 000 km in an ambulance, then so be it.”
Admirable, except their tour doesn’t go east of Montreal. That seems to be an unfortunate trait about tours of all kind: Canada’s Eastern border stops at Montreal.