Category Archives: Poetry

The Wilderness Inside Us – Two Poems by Canadian Don McKay and American Ross Gay

Song for the Song of the Varied Thrush In thin mountain air, the single note lives longer, laid along its uninflected but electric, slightly ticklish line, a close vibrato waking up the pause which follows, then once more on a lower or higher pitch and in this newly minted interval you realize the wilderness between […]

Provenance of a Small Poem of Mine – With Thanks to Jane Hirschfield and Hanif Abdurraqib

Grief – Three Poems – Dickman, Stone & Inverarity

Grief When grief comes to you as a purple gorilla you must count yourself lucky. You must offer her what’s left of your dinner, the book you were trying to finish you must put aside, and make her a place to sit at the foot of your bed, her eyes moving from the clock to […]

Three Lake Poems – Wilkinson, Paré and Stafford

LAKE SONG Willow weep, let the lake lap up your green trickled tears. Water, love, lip the hot roots, cradle the leaf; Turn a new moon on your tongue, water, lick the deaf rocks, With silk of your pebble-pitched song, water, wimple the beach; Water, wash over the feet of the summer-bowed trees, Wash age […]

Umbria: Poet as Diviner; Umbria: Write Poetry for Nine Days and Make Books on the Final Day; Umbria: Visit a Town or City Most Days – Umbria: Have Fun – June 21st to 22nd, 2020

THE DIVINER Cut from the green hedge a forked hazel stick That he held tight by the arms of the V: Circling the terrain, hunting the pluck Of water, nervous, but professionally Unfussed. The pluck came sharp as a sting. The rod jerked with precise convulsions, Spring water suddenly broadcasting Through a green hazel its […]

To Go Past the “If Only”! Great Wisdom from a Friend – A New Poem by Heidi Garnett

Footnote to a Letter Sent to a Friend Upon the Death of a Great Man Strange how beautiful when we are diaphanous… —Patrick Lane And I wanted to add he loved you. I hope you know this, really know it in your heart. I say this knowing the fault was also mine for not letting […]

The Proof is in the Pudding – American Poet Gregory Orr’s Ongoing Healing Journey Through Poetry

A Song of What Happens If I wrote in a short story Or novel that when my father Was young, about thirteen, He and his best friend Stole a rifle from the car trunk Of a man who worked For his family, then took paper plates from the kitchen And went out into a field, […]

The Art of Narrative Finesse – The Poetry of Susan Browne

Chiaroscuro The Italian birds fly over the garden where this morning I stood on sunstruck tiles next to an olive orchard, thinking how fortunate to land here, eating the earth, drinking the vineyard, traveling to Rome to a room of Caravaggios that nearly stop me from breathing, especially the painting where Mary, her skin incandescent, […]

Making the Opioid Crisis Personal – Leslie McBain and Fourteen Other “Mums” – and a Poem by Sheryl St. Germain

Prayer for a Son May your soul now be with the creek, may it swell and flood in Spring, brimming with excitement and wildness as you sometimes were in this other life, ebbing and emptying in winter to reveal what had been hidden in those spring floods— the wounds and bones of your heart. May […]

Announcing My Fifth Poetry-as-Prayer Retreat at Hillhurst United Church, Calgary, Alberta

The First Sky Is Within You A Generative Poetry-as-Prayer Retreat with Richard Osler Hillhurst United Church Calgary, Alberta October 18th to 19th, 2019 Retreat Introduction When we address the world with unmixed attention it’s prayer, said the artist, poet and mystic, William Blake. Simone Weil, the scholar and mystic goes further and says: absolute unmixed attention […]