National Poetry Month EarthDay Post

This Earth Day, as news of accelerated climate change darkens the headlines, and the future seems grim, let this poem by Tofino local Janis McDougall reset your mind. What really counts? Jan lists her priorities in this simple and beautiful list poem.

Janis McDougall is a member of the Clayoquot Writers Group, a talented jeweller and craftswoman, a longtime part of the Wickaninnish Elementary School staff and citizen of Tofino.

National Poetry Month Day 19

Enjoy the intense quiet of this poem, Scarce, by Yvonne Blomer. If you hold your breath you might even hear “the pant and beat of the wings.” This poem can be found in Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak, Nose in Book Publishing, 2018, a collection of poetic responses to the paintings of Robert Bateman.
See image here: https://preview.tinyurl.com/y2n7jg86

Yvonne Blomer was the City of Victoria Poet Laureate 2015-2018. She lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation and gives thanks for the privilege of being here.

Her recent books include:
Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, Palimpsest Press, 2017
& Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, Caitlin Press, 2017 and As if a Raven, 2014, Palimpsest Press.

Web site: www.yvonneblomer.com

National Poetry Month Day 18

Feel “the garden exhale” and wander through Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s gorgeous persona poem, Aubade, reproduced here from the collection serpentine loop (Anvil Press 2016)

©Elee Kraljii Gardiner
©Elee Kraljii Gardiner
©Elee Kraljii Gardiner

Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of the poetry books Trauma Head (Anvil Press, 2018), a chapbook of the same name (Otter Press, 2017), serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016), and the anthologies Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press, forthcoming) and V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012).  eleekg.com

National Poetry Month Day 17

Cast a spell for blue sky with this poem by Oregon poet Tara K. Shepersky. “Spell for Blue Sky on the First Day of Spring” was originally published in Big Windows Review and written at Thistledown House in Vancouver.

Tara K. Shepersky is a taxonomist, poet, essayist, and photographer. She makes her present home in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, with her main literary credential: a tuxedo cat named d’Artagnan. You can read recent and upcoming work in Whitefish Review, Shark Reef, and High Desert Journal, or connect with her at pdxpersky.com.

National Poetry Month Day 16

On Day 16 of National Poetry Month, switch seasons for a moment and take yourself back to autumn with the words of Lorne Daniel. This poem was previously published in Empty Mirror as “Island Fall”

Maple leaf imprints on fresh concrete, months after the leaves were gone.
Photo Joanna Streetly

Lorne Daniel published three books of poetry before leaving the literary world for about 20 years. He has recently returned to writing and “What Does Not Fall” is from a new book manuscript called “Preparations for the Wrong Emergency.” Lorne lives in Victoria, BC, on the unceded territories of the coast Salish people. You can find him online at lornedaniel.ca

National Poetry Month Day 15

Tofino is blessed with some diehard poetry lovers, but few as dedicated as Sherry Marr. Sherry is the grandmother of the Clayoquot Writers group. She is the poetry lover who will stand out in the rain to hear someone read. She is the poetry lover who will cheer every poet and find the good in every poem. Every poet needs a Sherry in their fold. Every community needs one too.

Sherry Marr lives in and is constantly inspired by the beauty of Clayoquot Sound.  She is a member of the Clayoquot Writers Group, and is haunted by the spirit of a black wolf, her companion of fourteen years, now in the spirit world.

Sherry writes daily at stardreamingwithsherrybluesky.blogspot.com .

Townsend’s Solitaire Photograph by Joanna Streetly

National Poetry Month Day 12

Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello takes the 2019 theme of “Nature” to the sacred realm of death, decay and decomposition with this poem about the unseen and underappreciated work of maggots. This poem was published in ‘Playing into Silence’ Caitlin Press, 2018

Tina Biello is a poet and a playwright and teaches mask work for performance to youth. Her poems have appeared in chapbook anthologies edited by Patrick Lane, since 2008. Her first full length book of poems with Leaf Press, ‘In the Bone Cracks of the Walls’, was published in Spring 2014. Her second book came out in 2015 with Guernica Editions, ‘A Housecoat Remains’. Her third collection is ‘Playing into Silence’ with Caitlin Press. She is the current Poet Laureate for Nanaimo 2017-2020.

National Poetry Month Day 10

Contemplate Impermanence, and celebrate the 2019 theme of “nature,” with this evocative poem by Christine Smart of Salt Spring Island.

Impermanence is reprinted here from Chris’s collection“decked and dancing” Hedgerow Press, 2006. Her second collection, “The White Crow” was also published by Hedgerow Press in 2013.
You can find Christine’s poems in the periodicals Grain, CV2, Other Voices and Northlight Poetry Review, UK, as well as numerous anthologies.


National Poetry Month Day 9

Ghazal Elegies by Yvonne Blomer was originally published in Elegies for Earth, Leaf Press, 2018, Winner of Overleaf chapbook contest. As a poetic form, Ghazals originated in the Arabic and Persian languages. There are different varieties, but mostly they contain a minimum of five couplets.

Yvonne Blomer lives, works and raises her family on the traditional territories of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich), Lkwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. She give thanks for the privilege of being here.
Web site: www.yvonneblomer.com
City of Victoria Poet Laureate 2015-2018
Recent Books: 
Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, Palimpsest Press, 2017
& Refugium: Poems for the Pacific, Caitlin Press, 2017 and As if a Raven, 2014, Palimpsest Press.