Category Archives: mythology

Dead Crow: Prologue update

INTRODUCTION: Having launched the video production of Dead Crow: Prologue last October, followed by a brief performance tour of the West Kootenay, it occurred to me that the last time I’d posted the text for the poem was in 2012. … Continue reading

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YouTube launch of Dead Crow and The Muse

Well, let’s hope it’s true that it’s better late than never. Today marks the launch of my first poetry video, The Muse: Chameleon Fire, on YouTube—15 years after it was made. The poems were originally part of a limited edition, handmade … Continue reading

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A Paradigm Shift for Halloween

I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers the story is called history. Before their arrival it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history. —Paula Gunn Allen, Native … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology Pt. 2

“Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of the human life.” —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth The Hero’s Journey Comes Full Circle Both sci-fi and fantasy—today’s ‘speculative fiction’—can claim an ancient lineage. It’s not hard to hear echoes of humanity’s … Continue reading

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The New Mythology is the Old Mythology

Kingdom of the Banal Why is it I find it so hard to finish novels these days? And I’m not talking about trashy supermarket fluff, either. I mean the stuff that in Canada is given the imprimateur of ‘literary fiction.’ … Continue reading

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Mishinigoshu Rises from Deep Bay

Surfacing She embraces you, seduces you then curses you. Yet every time, you run when she says, Come.[1] —Lakespirit, Sean Arthur Joyce So what does it mean that suddenly the world is sending up so many serpent symbols? Is there … Continue reading

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A Myth is Not a Lie Pt. 3

My Own ‘Hero’s Adventure’ “In the old Irish poets and writers we find a man reckoned wealthy not by what he has but by what he gives.” —Seamus McManus[1] So now I strike out on a new Hero’s Journey, a … Continue reading

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