Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week old bouquet

A long lazy weekend of making good food and moving a bouquet of flowers from one room to another. I just want to be where they are. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Longer days

The days are getting longer. I will never tire of this phrase, or of late afternoon light that lengthens into early evening. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Today is Blog Tour Day, where writers answer questions about their writing process. The lovely Amanda Earl posted her tour last week. You can check it out here

1. What am I working on?

I'm working on a long poem about Teddy Girls, a subculture that emerged in 1950s Britain and was most notably documented in a photo essay called The Last of the Teddy Girls by Ken Russell. Reacting against the post-war conditions they found themselves living in, Teddy Girls (and Teddy Boys) were spirited, transgressive and mostly working-class youth whose Neo-Edwardian style would help inspire what we now know as American rock n' roll. My poem is an imagining of how Teddy Girls spent their days and nights on the streets, factories and dance halls of East-End London.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm not really sure that it does. 

3. Why do I write what I do?

I like to write in a way that enlarges details. What attracts me to poetry in the first place is that I don't have to obsess about 'telling everything'. I write in the same way that I approach a vignette - I won't accept what's been laid out neatly. I want to take things a part, move them around. It's important for me to search and research. 
4. How does your writing process work?

My process is about patience. There's a lot of time and space between the lines I write. In any one of my poems, I'll wager that I've drank as many cups of tea as there are lines. I'm a ponderer. I'll only set something down when I feel like I could describe it without seeing it again. The irony being, of course, that I will see it again - that's what the poem is for. 
All photographs by Ken Russell, via TIME Lightbox


My good pals Ben, David and Lucas will be participating on the Blog Tour, so be sure to hop on over to the following places:

Ben Ladouceur lives in Toronto. His poetry can be found in The Walrus, Arc, Best Canadian Poetry 2013, and several other places. He's the writer of "Other Men," a webseries forthcoming from Klymlove Productions. 

David Emery visits places that people remember. Then he writes them letters.

Lucas Armstrong is a Perth native still adjusting to life in the big city of Ottawa, and a self-proclaimed 'creative type.' He's self-published a handful of novels online and likes to rant about philosophy, ethics, and the state of the world for the sole reason of hearing himself talk. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014


I've hung this ponyshoe above a doorway in my last three apartments. I've no idea whether it's brought me any luck, but I sure don't want to see what happens if I take it down. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Vogue patterns

Originally housed in a dress shop, I'm more curious to know what purpose this cabinet served in a guns and tackle shop. Did it hold cartridges, hooks and lures, or just a bunch of paper? These are the kind of things I think about.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


It's not a meal, and that's the point. 

It's a taste of something you both hoped for and didn't hope for, which is to say it's a surprise. You eat it thoughtfully, like you'd do if you were foraging. You eat it plainly and on the spot. 

And when it's gone, you look for it again.