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.
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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.

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!

National Poetry Month Day 6

Thanks to Debbie Strange for this tanka, which won 1st Place at the 2018 Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest

Debbie Strange is an internationally published short form poet, haiga artist and photographer whose creative passions bring her closer to the world and to herself. She maintains a publication and awards archive at which also includes hundreds of haiga, and reviews of her books. 

National Poetry Month Day 5

Many thanks to acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield for allowing this poem to be reproduced in honour of National Poetry Month. Some poems strike a resounding note with the reader, as this one did for me.

Jane is the author of eight collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Beauty (longlisted for the National Book Award ); Come, Thief; After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times); Given Sugar, Given Salt (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award); The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace, as well as two books of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf, 2015), which was awarded the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, and the now-classic Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. She has also edited and co-translated four books containing the work of poets from the past: The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Komachi & Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Japanese Court; Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women; Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems; and The Heart of Haiku, on Matsuo Basho, named an Amazon Best Book of 2011. This poem was previously published by

National Poetry Month Day 4

Glide through Day Four of National Poetry Month with this soaring poem by Mary Ann Moore, a Nanaimo poet dedicated to the sharing and enjoyment of poetry and community.

From “Fishing for Mermaids” (Leaf Press, 2014)

Mary Ann Moore is a Nanaimo poet who leads writing circles which have been described as places where unsuspecting poets are born. She offers a mentoring program called Writing Home: A Whole Life Practice and writes a blog at

Day 3 National Poetry Month

Words and image by Cendrine Marrouat

Thanks to Cendrine Marrouat for this Day Three NPM19 submission.
Cendrine is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, author, and French instructor living in Winnipeg. She specializes in nature, black-and-white and closeup images.
Cendrine has released 12 books in several genres: poetry, photography, theatre, and social media. Her latest is titled Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 1) 

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

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and this year the theme is Nature. So who better to inaugurate this daily poem NPM initiative than the late, brilliant Pat Lowther, who so often spoke of nature as a source of inspiration?

“For 35 years, the late Pat Lowther has played an emblematic role for women poets in our country. In spite of a demanding domestic life, she committed herself to words, dared to be a better writer than her husband and, on the page, wouldn’t shut up. She made her poetry matter. Her passion for life shines from the first poem to the last.”
—poet Lorna Crozier, the Globe and Mail