#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Significant Other #thesealeychallenge

For Day 4 of #thesealeychallenge I read Significant Other by Isabel Galleymore. I am not into nature poems. Descriptions of animals and landscapes and trees and birds don’t do it for me. I get bored of it so fast – like, how many ways are there to describe waves or whatever? On its surface, this …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

The Perseverance #thesealeychallenge

Yes, this is only my third book in this challenge, but I am starting to worry that I don’t have it in me to keep up the pace. So I’m going to try to simplify things a bit in this write-up, and not worry so much about getting it perfect. For Day 3 of #thesealeychallenge …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Fleche #thesealeychallenge

For day two of #thesealeychallenge I read Fleche by Mary Jean Chan for the second time. My overall impression is that this is a fully formed collection with a clear narrative and chronology. I felt that each word and image was carefully crafted and chosen with purpose to create a feeling of tension bubbling beneath …

#thesealeychallenge, Poetry

Jane: A Murder #thesealeychallenge

The first book I’ve read for #thesealeychallenge was Jane: a Murder by Maggie Nelson. Nelson writes about her aunt Jane who was murdered before Nelson was born. She looks at the ways this event impacted her and her family. This book isn’t a straightforward book of poetry as it mixes prose, poetry, dreams, journal entries, …

Poetry

How to Set Hope on Fire

In May, my poem called How to Set Hope on Fire was included in a digital issue of Abridged. It was very exciting. This is a poem that I wrote reflecting on my former career as a social justice organizer and about the culture, I was dropped in when getting a marketing degree and just …

Poetry

Parlour Magic

Hello again. More poetry to share. This poem was included in Vision, the Poetry in Motion Community Anthology for 2019/2020 which is put together by the Community Arts Partnership. It includes poems submitted for the Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing including the winning poems. I was so honored to have a poem longlisted and …

Poetry

At the Bus Stop

I have been having fun filming and posting video recordings of my poems. Due to Covid-19, there are fewer opportunities to share my work. Even before Covid I had a hard time attending reading or events for accessibility reasons. Using Instagram as a platform has helped me feel more confident about my poetry. I wrote …

Poetry

Hiram

It was national poetry day yesterday so I decided to record a poem that I wrote about my uncle Hiram. He was a influential person in my life and taught me so much about the power of quiet kindness and generosity. I loved holidays spent with him and my aunt Gerry, and my favourite thing …

Thoughts

Poetry in the Time of Virus

Someday I will have the energy to write about the last three years. I wish I could tell you about the disaster that was my graduate degree, the living situation from hell, losing my mobility, and experiencing pain that caused my whole body to shake. But I don’t even know how to begin telling that …

Mixtapes

October mixtape: happy holidays.

It’s Halloween season! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween is my favorite holiday! Call me basic, but seeing the leaves change and feeling the crisp morning air is magical and you can fight me.   Being a grown-up is lame and terrible. We are encouraged to be creative, …