Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Now Out!

The most recent issue of Prairie Fire arrived!



It includes my essay, "Hours of Daylight," another from the collection about my mother and her illness and our family. I'm so pleased that Betsy Warland recognized it and I'm honoured that it appears in this company. 

Managing journals and contests is a lot of work, and I appreciate the effort that groups across Canada put in to make our work available to readers. Thanks so much, Prairie Fire!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recent Reading

I've read a bunch of really great books lately, including this one.


I especially like this quote, page 215: "In the long run, the revision process feels better if you approach it with curiosity. Each editorial mark can't register as a 'mistake' that threatens the spider ego. Remind yourself that revising proves you care for the reader and the nature of your ambition."

Curiosity. Check! Back to work.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

One Today: History to Question

"...history to question..."



"hope--a new constellation/waiting for us to map it/waiting for us to name it--together"

Today, I remember that the "American" continents look the way they do because of theft and murder, the shameful dismissal of lives, human and other. That the exploitation is redoubled, today.

And I remember that we can again face the stars and map that constellation. Hope.

Here is the full text of Richard Blanco's Inaugural poem, "One Today."