Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 08:51 PM - Poetry and Writing
After Liu Xiaobo, in memory

Avoid the words
Tibet Taiwan
torture particularly
Falun Gong avoid
truth compassion
tiger dragon
but especially
people pig code for
democracy avoid
military gambling
brainwashing sex
how to make
bombs make
counterfeit harvest
kidneys quakes avoid
poor rights floods
one party freedom
of expression avoid
any potential
Xiaobo wrote
from prison:
none who have
interrogated me
are my enemies
none are my enemies
for hatred is
corrosive of a
person's conscience
Liu Xiaobo
born 1955
offline 2008

Banff Writing Studio 
Monday, May 31, 2010, 11:33 AM - Poetry and Writing

Come to the mountains with gorgeous trails, an incredible community of writers and artists, wine, openings, prepared food, unlimited desserts and see how dedicated you are to working on your manuscript. Seriously, I turned a few corners with "Reverb," my first book of poems in Banff. A truly magical place to write. Thank you NS Talent Trust and Banff Centre for the Arts Writing Studio. Next project is a jazz-poetry collaboration with a jazz musician/composer Chris Tarry who I met there and a Halifax jazz trio, Sanctuary. Stay tuned.

October in Saskatchewan 
Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 03:28 PM - Poetry and Writing
Such a gift to get the Wallace Stegner Residency and grant. One month of nothing but writing and sky.


amber sloping lines
softened further by fog
emboldened by drift


muted silver, rose
brimming from the edges
balls of vintage lace

Click on the link to find more about the Wallace Stegner House. Inexpensive retreat spot for writers and artists.
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Listen to some Poetry  
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 10:19 AM - Poetry and Writing
Congrats to Randy Dover from Newfoundland! He won the national CBC poetry face-off. Nice to see that it has gone to a fellow maritimer.

I won for Halifax. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write me a note about the poem. That was the real flight for me.

Have a listen below...
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Saturday, January 19, 2008, 02:33 PM - Poetry and Writing
Dragon flies in drag
over river spits,
mustard grasses,
tissue wings
zim hummering.
Their needled bodies
threaded beads, azure
hyphened by ebony
to the period of their
tails. Tumid eyes to tips
to eyes, waging circles
where another begins,
where mist and sigh,
early sky shaking its wings,
water below splitting,
spreading hemispheres
a slow spinning blue

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