Under a Tree

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I’m reading the proofs from Arc Poetry Magazine for my forthcoming poem “Compose.”  This is always one of my favourite moments as a writer when all the invisible work of being a poet starts to feel and become real. The poem is about two people working together composing music and writing poetry while sitting under the sun-shelter of a tree. These trees from a distance look scrawny but they provide an amazing small oasis in the form of a cool micro-climate during the heat of the day. Trees are so essential to our world in so many diverse and important ways.


On Joy

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“Entwined” and “Inner” have been accepted for publication in the anthology Wild Gods: The Ecstatic In Contemporary Poetry and Prose (New Rivers Press, Minnesota).

“Though ‘ecstatic’ is often used as a synonym for ‘joy,’ our application of the term embodies the entire emotional palette…Profound grief or outrage can access the ecstatic–as can experiences of extreme pleasure, pain, and wonder.

Poems are now forthcoming in four different anthologies in Canada and the United States.





“Tongues,” “So Much Remains Invisible,” and “Outstretched Arms” are featured in the current issue of Grain.

Other contributors include: Sheri Benning, Michelle Poirier Brown, Grant Buday, Kai Conradi, Krishan Coupland, Molly Cross-Blanchard, James Deahl, Antony Di Nardo, Patrick Friesen, Keegan Hawthorne, Robert Hilles, Judith Krause, Jessica Lampard, Norma West Linder, Conor Mc Donnell, Bruce McRae, Jan Morrison, Heather Parry, Sharon Pollock, John Reibetanz, Rebekah Rempel, Karen Rigby, Indra Singh, J. J. Steinfeld, Tom Wayman.

Cover Image is by Laura Dawe.

Thank you!

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Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement this past year.

In 2019 “it didn’t happen here” won the National Broadsheet Contest from the League of Canadian Poets (judged by D.A. Lockhart), “Johnny on the Spot” received an honourable mention in the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest from The Antigonish Review (judged by Sue Goyette),  “Weightless” was part of the Poetry in Motion program, two poems were shortlisted for the Bridport Prize (UK), two poems were featured as part of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Pause, “Pink” was published in Prairie Fire in a special Work Matters issue, and  Dust Blown Side of the Journey  was reviewed in Canadian LiteraturePoems were accepted for publication and are forthcoming in 2020 in Arc Poetry Magazine, Grain Magazine, Stand Magazine (UK), and The Antigonish Review. Poems are also forthcoming in three anthologies including Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds.

A German publisher wishes to publish Wavelengths of Your Song in translation in 2020, a new poetry manuscript is almost completed, and a Greek composer is weaving some of the new poems into a music-theatre work.

It was a great and joyous year.

All the best to all of you for 2020!


Chocolate for Poets

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Chocolates named Oude Boeken (old books) and Eleonora. Chocolatier Nicolas Vanaise is a former archeologist and Oude Boeken is based on the scent of the  Bologna University Library. Bologna university was founded in 1088 and is the oldest university in the world. Delicious in all ways.

Johnny on the Spot

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“Johnny on the Spot” received an honourable mention in the Great Blue Heron Poetry contest from The Antigonish Review (judged by Sue Goyette) and the poem will be published in a forthcoming issue. The poem weaves together baseball, musical and birding imagery.

The Lining

“Lemon Tree” and “The Lining” have been accepted for publication by Stand Magazine (UK).

Stand has been a fixture on the British and world literary scene since 1952, when the first issue appeared in London. It moved to Leeds in 1960, then to Newcastle, and it is now edited from the School of English at the University of Leeds in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA.”

Outside the Lamplight Circle

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“Lake” and “Outside the Lamplight Circle” have been accepted for publication by Ekstasis Editions.

Bridport Prize Short-List

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Two of my poems were short-listed for the Bridport Prize from a total of 3,911 poetry entries this year.


So Much Remains Invisible

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“Tongues,” “So Much Remains Invisible,” and “Outstretched Arms” have been accepted for publication in the Winter 2019 issue of Grain Magazine.