National Poetry Month, Day Two

It’s Day Two of National Poetry Month 2019 and the theme of “Nature” is beautifully reflected in this poem by Nanaimo poet, publisher and maker of beautiful books, Ursula Vaira. The poem was born on Newcastle Island when Ursula was deciding whether to continue along the beach or take the path through the forest. She says she “has a thing for signs that say “You Are Here”—so existential—so I followed that road.”

Ursula Vaira’s  writing is strongly located in landscape; her paddling journeys attempt the wilderness within. She’s published three long-poem chapbooks, and Caitlin Press published her first collection And See What Happens. Her current manuscript is  non-fiction. Ursula is the founder and publisher of Leaf Press, publishing poetry since 2000.   Just now she is the guest editor for Wordworks the magazine of the Federation of BC Writers.

Photo and image by Joanna Streetly