National Poetry Month Day 8


Let yourself settle into the “deepening quiet” of a foggy west coast night with this evocative poem, “Perhaps Healed,” by Christine Lowther.  “Perhaps Healed” was originally published in Quills poetry magazine

Christine Lowther has authored three poetry collections and a memoir, Born Out of This, which was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She won the creative non-fiction category of the Federation of British Columbia Writers 2016 contest, Literary Writes, and the inaugural Rainy Coast Arts Award for Significant Accomplishment in 2014. Co-editor of two nonfiction anthologies, she happily contributes to other editors’ projects now!

Janis McDougall, Red Tape Dress #MMIW

Sherry Marr is a Tofino poet and a regular contributor to the Poets United website. Her current post features Janis McDougall’s powerful poem, Missing You. Don’t miss it!

In 2015, Jan created her “red tape dress” — to mourn and bring attention to missing and murdered women as part of Tofino’s participation in the REDress Project.

Two years later, the Pacific Rim Arts Society put on their Cultural Heritage Festival Show, with the theme “Celebrating Women of the West Coast”. Jan wanted to honour and draw attention to the women who were absent from the show—the missing women. She mounted the poem on the red tape dress.

There are many missing women from Vancouver Island, including Lisa Marie Young, whose family is Tla-o-qui-aht, and have never given up hope of finding her. Learn more in this article by Shanon Sinn.