Listening for what comes next

This spring, early in the extended moment of suspension and threat that we are still living through, and waiting for the uncertain end of, I was approached by Edmonton Opera about the possibility of collaborating with a local composer on a song responding to the pandemic. We knew the song would be released–maybe digitally, maybe […]

The small intentional acts of care

Has it ever, quite, in our collective memory been so delightfully, communally legible (also legible in so many difficult ways) how much we need each other, how much well-being is — far from being an individually-achieved product of individual virtue — a function of relationship, of connection — and, indeed, of our willingness to own […]

We can’t make the only paths so arduous no one can walk them

A little over a year ago, I tried to write a post with this title, then deleted it, and put this old blog (which I think of fondly–like an old dog, but the dog of the self, who used to run after things I might not chase anymore) into maintenance mode. It has become harder, […]

“On Not Being Lorna Crozier”

What follows are my remarks delivered at the Edmonton Poetry Festival, as part of their “Lunch with the GGs” event. I spoke alongside the always-charming Benjamin Hertwig, Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his beautiful book Slow War (McGill-Queen’s, 2017). Lorna Crozier had been scheduled to speak, but needed to return home for family reasons, […]

Believing is not the same as Being Saved

It’s here! The new collection has arrived. Poems written over a ten year period–attending to the premature deaths of my parents, the births of my two children, and the sudden end of my marriage. The book is titled Believing is not the same as Being Saved, after a poem of the same title, which […]

“The News”

photo credit: Colleen Martin

I had a fabulous time reading to a full house at The Olive Reading Series at the Almanac on Whyte last week. The Olive editorial board put together a beautiful little chapbook of my poems for the reading (entitled “The News”), and if you didn’t get one, it will be […]

“The Landing” Interview

A bit of literary excitement: the editors at Up the Staircase Quarterly came across my Poets Respond poem on Rattle (“If You Really Aren’t a Racist Take This Online Test”) and asked me a few questions for their spring issue, as part of their interview series “The Landing.” Check out the whole issue (no. 32) […]

All this doing and undoing

Light and warmth: what I keep wishing people these days, and wishing for myself. Light! Warmth. It seems simple enough. But, for some of us, this time of year–though not, of course, only this time of year–there is a gap that opens up (a gap neither warm nor bright) into which we can readily fall. […]

The necessity (and ethics) of delight

“…and it was an illumination — one of those things one has always known, but never really understood before — that all sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel the roughness of a carpet under smooth soles, a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand […]

Poets Respond

I had a poem up a couple of days ago on Rattle, which is a pretty exciting thing for me. Rattle is a pretty great journal. I subscribe to the print edition, and regularly recommend to my writing students that they check out “Poets Respond,” a really amazing cultural project created by Rattle editor Timothy […]