Category Archives: General

Three Poems for Mother’s Day 2024 – Osler, Dunn and Vuong

Today, this Mother’s Day he will write a different poem. Peony soft with big-enough curves to wrap around the moon when it’s full. A poem with photons enough to light […]

I Did Not Know I Would Turn from the Stream… Quotes and Poems on the Tragedy of Losing a Spiritual Connection to this Earth

  New Zealand journalist Rod Oram’s answer in an interview on a question on willingness for individual action on climate change recorded a few months before his death March 19th, […]

Guest Poetry Blog Series # 27 – Part Two – This “Constant Self of Being” – Tryphena Yeboah features Mahtem Shifferaw and Ada Limón

War I have been described by it, often seen it rise up the mouths of strangers, as if to say all things foreign – note: referring to me, or, my […]

These Wounds of Loss – Poems of Kwame Dawes in Memory of Rod Oram (1950-2024)

from IRIE ITES ……………………………………………………. I consider the vertigo of my days. as if I am still mourning my sister’s death, the deepest absence that will not relent. When I said […]

Pádraig Ó Tuama – Some Poems and Reflections Before a Retreat With Him on the Island of Iona, Scotland

How to Belong be Alone It all begins with knowing nothing lasts forever, so you might as well start packing now. In the meantime, practice being alive. There will be […]

Touch the Pencil First – Guest Poetry Blog #27 – Introducing the Latest Contributor, Ghanaian Poet and Fiction and Non-Fiction Writer Tryphena Yeboah – Part One of Two

GENESIS I listen for a sound, a voice, a whispered word swept in by the wind to get me from here to there— where the page before me becomes more […]

A Speaking Out, Again – Poems and Quotes in the Aftermath of the October 7th Attacks on Israel and the War in Gaza

NO SUCH THING AS THE INNOCENT BYSTANDER Silence rides shotgun wherever hate goes. Andrea Gibson from You Better Be Lightning, Button Publishing Inc., 2021 I was grateful to find this […]

Beloved on the Earth – A Poem in Honour of, and Two Poems Written For, Ross MacDonald R.I.P.

Late Fragment And did you get what You wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself Beloved on […]

Guest Poetry Blog Series # 26 – Part Two – Thanks To My Literary Saints – John Terpstra celebrates John Steinbeck, Richard Wilbur, Christopher Fry and John McPhee

Love Calls Us To the Things Of This World The eyes open to a cry of pulleys, And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul Hangs for a moment bodiless and […]

Making Beauty Out of Wood and Words – Guest Poetry Blog #26 – Introducing the Latest Contributor, Canadian Poet and Woodworker, John Terpstra – Part One of Two

The Kind of World We Live In —lines for Lent The kind of world we live in is fraught with where and when the next outbreak will occur, which passenger […]