Poetry

While visiting Hawai’i in 2018, I discovered Rebecca Horne’s striking art piece “Pono; Final.” This piece inspired an ekphrastic poem entitled “Ho’oponopono.” On the background of this portrait, Horne has inscribed in tiny handwriting a five-part “mantra.” This meditation is part of the ho’oponopono forgiveness practice, a custom to bring about reconciliation in Old Hawaii. […]

Each summer, Oak Bay’s ArtsAlive public sculpture program treats presents a superb collection of outdoor sculptures. This year, poet Gisela Ruebsaat and I were invited to a poetry and sculpture walk, during which a group of art and poetry lovers toured some of these sculptures and listened to our poems about them. The sculpture in […]

Watch for my poem “Homecoming” in an upcoming issue of CV2 — Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing.

My poem “The Buck” received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Literary Writes Contest, organized by the Federation of BC Writers. This poem was published in the Spring, 2018 issue of the FBCW’s literary magazine WordWorks. You can also read it right here:

“Advice to a Poet” was published in the July-August, 2017 issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

My poem “Peephole” appeared in The Antigonish Review in the Summer, 2016 issue. Enjoy it here as well!

On November 21, I was honoured to be presented with an inaugural Cedric Literary Award for poems from my collection The Imminence of Fracture. The lead poem in the submission was “I Know You,” shown in this post.

On June 16, Leaf Press chose my poem “Undersong” as Monday’s poem. “Undersong” is in the 2014 archive of Monday poems soon. You can read it here:

Two poems — “Aubade” and “I Know You” — have been published this spring in a special commemorative issue of WordWorks. Also, “Coming Out” appeared in this summer’s issue of FreeFall; this poem was a finalist in FreeFall’s 2013 poetry contest.

Here’s “The Night of My Conception,” published in 2013 in Room’s Issue 36:4.