Been reading, editing, gardening, sewing, cleaning. I have a backlog of books read that I’d like to summarize, note, review. Eventually they’ll be too many and I’ll skip and start where I’m at again. I’ve been thinking that a chapbook can be as dextrous as a bicycle, moving nimbly among items of a meditation. Single […]

Women’s writing

You suppose I’ll scare anyone off with a title like that? Is it a pejorative phrase? It niggles at my that the workshop on the history of women’s tanka and haiku, while it attracted a good number, all were female. There was a proportional to population representation who showed up for a senryu workshop, albeit, […]

Behind the scenes

What we start with and what we choose has an impact on what we end up with but there’s a lot of manoeuvring room in between. In Toward a Blacker Ardour (Beautiful Outlaw, 2021) Phil Hall said, “I perk up as if revision were my only remaining trusted evidence of a future.” Conceiving of a […]

Anti-phobe day & poetics

It’s Anti-Hobit day. Anti-homophobia, Anti-Bi and Anti-Trans. Be aware of bias. When you write, you write from l your place and personhood. Class or processing past places or examining where you are. It may be inner place, the over-caffeinated jumpiness of anxiety or the centred calm that shapes syntax and what accumulates. The present leaks […]