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 […]

Between too-little and too-much

Today’s parataxis: retired battery chickens in little knit vests plus theoretical physicist Richard Feynman on how to begin solving problems: “The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to. A problem is grand in science if it lies before us unsolved and we […]

On private grief and political imagination

My mom was dying of brain cancer during the War in Iraq. My private grief and catastrophic tenderness in those brutal months made my political imagination and compassion more acute than ever before. “There is only ever one death // So many names for the unnameable,” as I wrote at that time. Paris, Beirut, Iraq, […]

“The Second Line” at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

This was a fabulous little fringe show. The kind of thing fringe exists to make space for. Edmonton fringe folks, check it out and support these two talented women (Dana Wylie and Kirsten Elliott) who are gently challenging blues histories and futures. And you might want to stick around for a drink by the fire […]

Some thoughts on hope

Last week I headed to Banff to attend a “Hope Decoded Summit” at The Banff Centre. The summit coincided with my children being gone for spring break, and also with the 27th anniversary of my dad’s death (an event which initiated my own exile from that innocence in which hope — one’s own relationship to […]