Dominican Poet

When I  met Andre I met a great poet, although I never will know his last name. In 1995 while I was a TA in an adult ESL class in Ottawa, he was the sort of tall person who stooped and spoke quietly as if to keep a small presence and to not intimidate with […]

FW: League contest & mentorship

News from the LeagueThe P.K. Page Mentorship program is currently accepting applications from emerging and established poets! The selected applicants will participate in a mentorship program from September 5 to November 5, 2021. Mentees and mentors will meet every other week (likely digitally) for two hours to discuss a poetry work-in-progress as agreed upon prior to […]

Busy

I am book-centric. Most of my life goes towards buying books, reading books, writing books, selling books, mailing books, editing books, writing grants for writing books. I am currently editing 2 books. I hope to finish them and another I have conceived. And to finish 2 poetry collections next year, then I will be clear […]

Rilke

In primary school reading Rainer Maria Rilke— how lavish the words, how freeing that a woman should write of blossom breasts and God.  “But though my vigil constantly I keepMy God is dark—like woven texture flowing,A hundred drinking roots, all intertwined;I only know that from His warmth I’m growing.More I know not: my roots lie […]

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 […]