Moonwort 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 02:16 PM - Poetry and Writing
Black folds into fog into forest.
An arm shot bare. On her knees

in the sphagnum humming,
plunging knuckles numb.

One day as any other
you find youíre carrying death.

Lilith came long before Eve.
She led her.

Sheís back breathing
night with the sleepless

plucking ferns
by the moon

before they unfurl
unshoe the coming horses.








78 poets in 78 hours against Bill 78 
Monday, June 4, 2012, 01:45 PM - Poetry and Writing
Alessandra Naccarato started a great initiative against Bill 78 in Quebec around poetry. Restricting the right to organize in Canada??!! Where is the Canada we used to be proud of. To go to the poetry website click on related link below. This is one of the two poems that I contributed:

He ordered the trees
and the flowers,
lined up all of the
creatures in
rows, hushed
the forest but
a group of
diaphanous
butterflies began
to emerge. Dozens
then tens of
thousands danced
a red fury,
wings clanging.

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Stars 
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 08:57 PM - Poetry and Writing
There were only two left:
the word and the hand.
The hand could not hold the word
The word could not read the hand.
But a star chattered to them one night.
If you are right, then one of us is not needed.
What if both of us are true?
Then we donít need to be two.
What if we arenít really two?
Then one of us is dead.
What if both of us are dead?
Then there is no need for stars.


Published in THIS Magazine, January 2012.

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Arusha Savings Group Summit 
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 09:37 AM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance


Some graphic facilitation at the plenary.



Does Microfinance Work? Does it do more Harm than Good? 
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 09:13 PM - The Solidarity Economy & Microfinance
Microfinance has come into the news lately, in part because of this new book and in part, because there are issues with some microfinance programs. Microfinance is often part of the financial sectors that have gotten themselves in a mess. Like them, there is over lending, over leveraging and just plain bad management. I've seen some of these. But I've also seen some powerful examples of what microfinance can do. Check out SEWA Bank on my links, for example. 800,000 women in a trade union with a cooperative, small scale pharmacies, literacy, marketing, producer and service cooperatives. They even offer pension schemes and daily savings collection. Most of these incredibly savvy and resourceful women are illiterate. Much of my work has been with savings groups and cooperatives but I've also seen some very effective microfinance programs. KixiCredito, Angola, also on my links is one of these examples. Polarizations are provocative but in the real world, it's messier and more complex. There is always good, bad and ugly. But don't take my word for it. Ask the women themselves.

Click on the Related Link below for an interview that I did with the Halifax Media Coop on these issues.
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