Monthly Archives: March 2011

Spells Against Loneliness – Part One

Spring has been a missing person these past few weeks. And in its place the damp chill weather here on Vancouver Island has invited loneliness. The image that captures this loneliness for me is a tree –stripped of leaves and bare. That image stares back at me from all directions these days. And the dark, […]

The Trouble A Poet Is

The American poet, Gregory Orr, shot and killed his brother when he was twelve. It was an accident. In his book called Poetry as Survival he says: “Unbearable word, this ‘accident.’ Unbearable world.” When Orr was eighteen he wrote a poem. “It changed my life,” he says.” I had a sudden sense that the language […]