One of my weekly haiku has just been selected as the latest featured poem by the Poets Soul community on MeWe. Which seemed like a good reason to share it: Waters warming now Barriers melting away Darkness also freed


Invisible Fish Still Floating

Last week Joy Harjo was appointed US Poet Laureate. In a world of division, I feel joy that a country deeply flawed by overt white supremacy has appointed a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation as an avatar of its national soul. I couldn't find a recording of Joy herself reading my favourite of her works, … Continue reading Invisible Fish Still Floating

Free Verse Revolution: The Collection (2010-2017) by Nicholas Gagnier

Driven by a mix of fear his life will have so little impact that his obituary will contain unnoticed spelling errors and a converse irony about the irrelevance of celebrity, Gagnier gathers poems that both showcase the arc of his life and gently mock the project as a naïve attempt to encapsulate something both complex … Continue reading Free Verse Revolution: The Collection (2010-2017) by Nicholas Gagnier

Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy

Joy weaves together hymns in praise of feeling rather than deconstructing poetry with evidence that words cannot be other than a structure around anything of actual meaning, elegantly capturing both the power of language to show reality and its failure. This collection contains twenty-nine of Joy’s poems inspired by the concept of writing. The eponymous … Continue reading Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy

Thoughts and Prayers

This captures my visceral reaction to the inertia in gun control legislation. And, for those seeking my more reasoned thoughts: Prayer is a dialogue with a moral authority about improvement. Thought is a process of analysing and reasoning rather than blindly following instincts and emotions. So, true thoughts and prayers in response to an … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers

A Flurry of Darkness

This image by the rather talented Ink Stitution was the photo prompt in one of the poetry communities to which I belong. Which inspired the haiku that follows. Fog obscures the path Monsters hide in the shadows Trust me to save you This post is dedicated to the myriad Goths who face another 364 days … Continue reading A Flurry of Darkness

A Stick To Beat One’s Tongue

Poetry is hard to define, but one of the common guides for what is "good" poetry, is conformity to tradition: does this poem follow the forms of Latin verse? Does that poem fit the structure of Shakespearean sonnets? Does this tanka reference the season and have a metaphysical shift in the middle? And such fitting … Continue reading A Stick To Beat One’s Tongue

The Friendship of Poets

Do I have friendships focused on poetry? Friendships where I bounce poems back and forth? They all are, or none of them are. I have friends who poet, I have friends who read poetry, I have friends who I met through poetry, but I don't have friendships that are based around poeting. Partially because, to … Continue reading The Friendship of Poets