Category Archives: Poetry

The Fisher King Retires (poem)

The Fisher King Retires —for Robin Williams, Keith Emerson, and all the wounded men   The decades wear down on us, not even water on stone but water on clay— flexible as muscle, yet weak outside the kiln, our love-hate … Continue reading

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Literary Festival Lessons on Love, Loss and Craft

Writing is a solitary occupation, so it’s no surprise writers hunger for a chance to hang out, share a glass of wine (or beer) and compare notes. As Canadian poetry icon Susan Musgrave has said, writers have been described as … Continue reading

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Poetry Alive and Well During Poetry Month Pt. 2

A Marriage of Form and Theme Richard Harrison, On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Buckrider Books). I’ve been a fan of Harrison’s poetry since his 2005 collection Worthy of His Fall, an undeservedly overlooked gem. Unlike the … Continue reading

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Poetry Alive and Well During Poetry Month Pt. 1

Turning Back to the Earth as Muse Poetry is indeed alive and well in 2018. Judging by recent books by both established and emerging poets, the art is in fine fettle. There’s evidence of both high craft and relevance to … Continue reading

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Two New Poems

Introduction: I wanted to post these two ‘new’ poems (recent would be a better description since they were actually written last year) in recognition of them receiving honourable mentions in the Pandora’s Collective 2018 poetry contest. Pandora’s Collective, established in … Continue reading

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Joy Kogawa: Walking the Path of Reconciliation

Seeking the Hidden Voice of Mercy “Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on. And they brought me their comfort and later they … Continue reading

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Convergence Writers’ event provokes thoughtful writing

It’s clear from daily news headlines from around the world that we’re living in a fractured time, a time when politicians and extremists exploit the divisions between us. This year’s Convergence Writers’ Weekend theme, ‘We Will Not Be Separated,’ aimed … Continue reading

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