Every writer's best friend - The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
We are giving away 5 copies of Poetic Portions in the US and Canada. You can enter by clicking the link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/165645-poetic-portions
Sunday, 15 November 2015
My look of, "Are we actually allowed to have this?!" on being presented with a copy of The Deathly Hallows Part 2. My other passion, when not writing poetry, is analyzing scripts. The flow of a well-written screenplay is mesmerizing, from language to imagery to minimalist forms of epic story telling. I'm in awe of the way Snape's memories are presented to Harry, the non-linear and eye-opening revelations – and having that montage appear at the point Blake Snyder (author of Save the Cat) would call the all is lost moment in the film, 1 hour and 15 minutes in, right after someone dies. In this case, Harry not having known the truth about Snape is what Blake Snyder would call the dark night of the soul before act 3, which I think is a beautiful rendition of that section of the script, almost an inverse. Redemption and grace are my true passion, so I'm in awe of Snape's character arc – that and playing around with non-linear forms of story telling.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
A beautiful balance of poetic rhythms through a story collection! From Invisibility to The Realm of Possibility and all his works in between, I'm in awe of the beauty David Levithan creates, not only in sweet characters and stories, but in the juxtaposition and balance of his sentences and the rhythm he creates with fragments. Beautiful diction too! Totally worth checking out!
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Monday, 7 September 2015
I had a great time on the September 8th edition of World Poetry Cafe with the lovely Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon! You can catch the podcast of my poetry and our discussion of peace education from the Coop Radio link here: http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-café-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-248 Blessings & Light and thanks for tuning in!
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
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Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Saturday, 27 June 2015
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
In the movement of pastry through fingers,
the plenty that prevails even in hardship,
my Godson measures earnestly,
his three-year-old palms
rolling and shaping with such concentration,
I ponder if he can even fathom
how much he is loved,
while in requiescence and remembrance,
my grandmother’s hands
sift the gifts of the Earth
into pastries and pies
through my own.
(photo by Wendy Bullen Stephenson)
Monday, 16 February 2015
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
In silvered cedar lies the hope
the garden gives to all,
inviting realm of peace
in the depths of winter soil.
The tears and memories and hands
of all that went before
listen for movement in stillness,
Earthen darkness spun to ochre
like consciousness birthed into light.
Waiting for the sky to take back the rain,
for pale blue and forest green,
tips of twigs shimmer violet and teal,
reminiscent of swift hummingbirds,
diving beak first into an aqua pool.
Like the burst of flavour
in a succulent slice of orange,
you almost hear them calling,
Yemaya already sketching
the nectar to blossom.
Monday, 5 January 2015
When Jesus enters the circle,
dress casual and warm.
for his wisdom.
Keep on smudging
sweetgrass and sage.
Invite him to dance –
He is a relation.
When he stays for tea,
use the best china,
keep on praying,
and massage his feet –
He’s probably tired
of what’s been done
in his name.
Inviting Jesus to Tea was inspired by an experience in a Medicine Circle on Vancouver Island. We were called upon to invite all our relations, when the spirit of my maternal grandmother brought Jesus with her into the Aboriginal healing ceremony, compelling me to be in unison with all the parts of who I am.
The mixture of capital and small letters in the pronouns relating to Jesus is intentional. There is a sense of reverence woven in with an appreciation for his humanity.
First published in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, September, 2012